Young Adult Ministry.
YAM is the local archdiocesan organization for young Catholics looking to explore spiritual, social and spiritual opportunities. Our goal is to connect young adults with Christ, the Church, and one another. YAM has an office with two full-time staff on the archdiocesan level. We also have a range of parish-based and affiliate groups, several of which also include YAM in their name.
Here in Atlanta, YAM is open to anyone between 18 and 40, single or married.
Generally, our events attract and are intended for young adults under the age of 40 and over the age of 18. Due to Safe Environment concerns, we must limit our events to those who are over 18.
Absolutely! YAM welcomes all young adults who are in their 20s and 30s, regardless of marital status.
No. We welcome young adults of all levels of devotion, from daily Mass goers to the “C&E” (Christmas and Easter) Catholics to those who haven’t been to Church since only God remembers when.
No, you don’t have to be a member of a parish to attend. A unique characteristic, however, of our YAM events is that many individuals are able to find and join a parish.
No. We welcome any individual looking to enhance his or her relationship with Christ.
No, there is no membership fee for YAM. Some events have a small donation or cover to offset costs. Some parish-based ministries have a membership fee, but you can still attend their events without being a member.
While Church is an integral part of YAM, it’s much more than it. YAM is about the “3 C’s”: Church, Christ, and community.
YAM, and its affiliated groups, offers a wide variety of social, service, and spiritual events: TEC retreats, sports, service projects, Mass, picnics, Adoration groups, Rosary groups, hikes in the North Georgia mountains, river rafting down the Chattahoochee, speaker series…You may choose to attend only social events, or just get involved with the service projects. Come to one activity that peeks your interest, or come to everything. Activities are available on most days of the week. Check out our calendar for upcoming events.
No. YAM events are sponsored by a diverse range of groups, some of which are neither archdiocesan nor parish-based.
YAM events are held at various places across the archdiocese. Every event on our calendar should provide you with the location’s name and address.
YAM has several affiliated groups, including Toastmasters, Spirit and Truth, Atlanta Catholic Sports, TEC (To Encounter Christ) retreat, On the Deck, St Vincent de Paul, Stephen Ministries, and others.
Here in YAM, we like to shorten names. Here’s a sampling of what the various names mean: ACS: Atlanta Catholic Sports CTK: Christ the King (the Cathedral) HSYP: Holy Spirit Young Professionals IHM: Immaculate Heart of Mary ITP: Inside the Perimeter OTP: Outside the Perimeter (“Perimeter” refers to I-285 which circles the city of Atlanta.) OTD: On the Deck (a college-age ministry) SVdP: St Vincent de Paul TEC: To Encounter Christ (the young adult retreat) TGIFF: Thank God It’s First Friday TOT: Theology on Tap.
Just come to one of our events. A young adult recently remarked, “I remember my first event…I was extremely anxious about meeting new people. I was overwhelmed to see how many other young adults were ready and willing to reach out to me. After my first few events, I was able to form lasting friendships.” Also, please feel free to bring a friend with you to make you feel more comfortable.
There are always many activities taking places, either from the YAM office itself or with one of our affiliated ministries. Check out our calendar for upcoming events. If you would like to get involved on a leadership level, contact the director of YAM.
YAM is not the name of an organization but a movement, Young Adult Ministry. There are YAM programs in other dioceses around the United States. Atlanta just happens to have one of the oldest, biggest, and more active – in the heart of the “Bible-belt,” nonetheless!