HELPING CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTERS THRIVE

We started ProjectYM for one simple reason: because we love youth ministers. And we are passionate about equipping those youth workers for success!

Find out more about how we help Catholic youth ministers thrive.

Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers!

ProjectYM is looking for some youth ministers and core team members to write for our blog! The ProjectYM blog is a place where readers all over the world come to find useful information to help them thrive in their ministry. We publish articles that touch the...

Not Your Traditional March For Life

I have been a pilgrim in DC around January 22 (the anniversary of Roe v Wade) since I was a teenager. I’ve attended the rallies, the Masses, the concerts and speakers. Endured cold temperatures and aching feet. Last year, I was a pilgrim again, not in DC, but in a...

Run a Trivia Night Fundraiser

Finally a fundraiser you'll actually WANT to do – plus you can raise thousands of dollars for your organization in just one night! The best part is people will have so much fun they’ll be asking when you’re doing it again.

How to Run an Awesome Guided Meditation

It’s a great experience to have the prayer of your life. Those are the experiences we usually remember. Most often, it’s on retreats where we have wonderful experiences with God and deepen our relationship with Him. But it doesn't just have to be. I have had a super...

Do You Know This Person?

Many parish religious education and youth ministry programs require or give the candidate for Confirmation the option to choose a Saint or Blessed as their patron for the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are responsible for preparing young people for the Sacrament of...

5 Ways to Thank Your Core Team

This time of year we all come to realize this is “the time” we are to be thankful for things. Here are some ways you can be thankful for your core team: Listen Better: Often times, especially in the heat of a youth event, we can get lost in our own vision or way of...

Sharing God’s Gifts With One Another

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10) Each person has wonderful talents and gifts given to them by God. These gifts are meant for the service of others. As youth ministers who lead a team of...

Effective Communication is Key

No matter how long you have been in Youth Ministry you will discover quickly that effective communication is absolutely key. Communication with God, your pastor, volunteers or teens—anyone connected to the mission—is a must. Here are a few things to keep in mind when...

How to Minister to Parents Too

As a baby youth minister, my biggest apprehension was how to best work with parents. My year of service had been filled with intergenerational Ministry. I had learned about how important it was to have a relationship with parents as a youth minister. The difference?...

How I Talked My Way Into A Terrible Job

Back in January of 2006, I was coasting through my last semester of college. Everything was all set: I'd graduate in May and get married in August, but there was one big issue... I didn't have a job lined up. I was home for winter break when I got an idea. I setup an...

More Than Just Catholic Beard Balm

Though Catholic Balm Co is the creator of the original Catholic beard balm, they've got tons of other Catholic inspired products for anyone with skin, lips, or (yes) beards. Plus every purchase you make funds the ministry of ProjectYM.

Leave the 99: Welcoming New Sheep Into the Fold

As we prepare for our elaborate Fall Kick-Offs designed to reel in the teens and get them hooked on our absolutely amazing youth ministry programs, I am reminded of my past failures in achieving what is most important in a new beginning. Welcoming new teens is not a...

3 Ways to Start the Year off Right!

For many of us in youth ministry, the summer has flown by and now a new year is starting right around the corner. New teens will be coming and current teens will be returning, excited to see their friends. What can we do to start the year off right in order to get the...

The Word: Living and Effective

Indeed, 
the word of God is living and effective, 
sharper than any two-edged sword, 
penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, 
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 I have some concerns about the word of God....

Feed Your Need for Feedback

Just about every week there comes a point where I find myself thinking, "why won't they just TELL me what they think?!" I'm talking about my coworkers, my family, my toddler--they all have their moments where it seems like I can't get any recognition of what I'm doing...

Be Aware of Self Care

These are a few ways that I try to make sure I do not get burnt out in the ministry. A burnt out minister doesn’t do anyone any good.