More Than A Mission Trip

Join Youth With A Mission for a Christian gap year mission trip! Be trained, travel and serve for 5 or 11 months.

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Five Months of Discipleship and Missions

Our Gap Year is packed with powerful teaching and in-depth discipleship.  It starts with what we call Discipleship Training School (DTS).  You’ll learn all about who Jesus is and how to be more like Him as you grow with others in a Christ-centered community. 

Once you know, then you go! God created you with a purpose and part of that purpose is introducing others to the life-giving hope of who Jesus is. The program includes a two-month mission trip. Countries we have recently gone to are Southeast Asia, North Africa, Brazil, and Albania.

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Optional Five More Months of Leadership Training and Missions Experience

Once your first five months are complete, you have the option of making the Gap Year a full year of experience by returning for leadership training and another 2 month's mission trip. This five-month is fully loaded with practical tools for ministry and growth in leadership ability. We call this part of the Gap Year School Of Ministry Development (SOMD).

Our goal is that you'll leave equipped with tools to make you effective in whatever God leads you to do! Whether that's full-time ministry, more schooling, or the workplace!

  • Understand Jesus' strategy to reach the world through discipleship
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Dream with God about your life's calling and start refining a strategy to reach your goals
  • Learn to minister to people's deepest needs
  • Discover how God has uniquely shaped you in your giftings, personality, and passions

In Depth Discipleship

Our training takes you deep, rooting you in the truth of God’s Word and helping you grow in His love as you encounter Him in real, practical ways.

Travel The World

Get sent out to share the Gospel with people who may never have heard the name of Jesus. Get immersed in another culture and have opportunities to serve and share. You could end up in locations such as Southeast Asia, Mexico, Northern Africa, and more.


Leave our gap year with a toolbox full of tools to make you effective in ministry, no matter where God calls you.


Campus Base Building

Louisville, Kentucky

Our facilities are nestled in a quiet suburb in Louisville's east end, and it won’t be long before you start feeling right at home. We're graciously hosted by a local church, providing both office space as our hub of operations and classroom space where we worship, pray, and learn together. Just a short distance away is our housing, where YWAM DTS roommates quickly become life-long friends.

Discover Your Authentic Passions

Going to college/university can be a helpful tool in preparing for a career, but what if you want to:

  • Grow in maturity 
  • Have more life experience & develop useful skills 
  • Travel & adventure 
  • Find purpose & experience what you think your passions are

In a Gap Year, you will be disciplined, develop your passions, & learn that there is a purpose for your life.

Don’t lose time you can’t take back by studying courses you didn’t need or want to take, or spending money on textbooks that you will never need. Instead of learning more book knowledge that you might never use again (except for the odd trivia night), give yourself the opportunity to try something different. 

Don’t settle for what everyone else is doing. Be strategic.

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Upcoming DTS Dates


Sep 22, 2024 - Mar 1, 2025

Jan 5, 2025 – May 31, 2025

Upcoming SOMD Dates


Mar 24, 2024 – Aug 24, 2024

Sep 22, 2024 – Mar 01, 2025

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