1960’s and 70’s two major global youth ministries, Young Life and Youth For
Christ were reaching out to military teens with little consistent success. Recognizing the unique needs and
stressors of military life, these two agencies joined forces to develop a model
of ministry that reflects the specific and particular needs of US military
communities and families.
On July 29, 1980, leaders from both of these agencies met in Washington, D.C.
and laid the foundation for what would become known as Club Beyond.
meeting, Club Beyond took shape and developed an ecumenical outreach that
focused exclusively on middle school and high school aged children whose
parents actively serve in the Armed Forces.
Between 1980 and 1990 it grew from 2 programs to 18 communities in four
European countries, plus the USA. During
that decade Club Beyond reached out to over 10,000 students. The outreach would
continue to grow worldwide as its success and impact among military communities
Beyond, in partnership with Young Life, serves on military installations around the world as a Non-Profit, Non-Federal Entity (NFE). As our country continues to defend the
freedoms America stands for, Club Beyond seeks to continue to serve our troops
by investing in the children who, because of the challenges they face, have the
potential to become our resilient leaders of tomorrow.