Helping Catholic Youth Ministers Thrive!

ProjectYM is an organization built for youth ministers BY youth ministers...

Our team has decades of in the trenches experience in a variety of ministry contexts, and we've come together to be part of ProjectYM for three key reasons:

The ProjectYM Staff

These are the folks working alongside youth ministry leaders everyday here at ProjectYM:

Michael Marchand

President / Cofounder

Michael is a preacher, teacher, and innovator who is focused on serving his (second) favorite group of people on the planet: Catholic youth ministers. After years of working in parish youth ministry, Michael cofounded ProjectYM to do just that. Since then, his work with ProjectYM has taken him across the country and around the world – training, equipping, and supporting thousands of youth ministry leaders...and letting them know that they matter.

Crystal Marchand

Director of Engagement

Over the last 16 years, Crystal has been an all-star youth ministry volunteer, written and led countless number of retreats and has had the privilege to support and love on several wonderful small groups of teens and youth ministers.

Mandi Whitaker

Master of Details

Mandi served as a parish Youth Minister for 15 years before joining our team in 2020. She and her husband James served the youth group together and continue to have a passion as a family for youth ministry. Together they have 3 girls and live outside of Atlanta, GA. Mandi's awesome attention to detail and ministry is what drew her to her role at ProjectYM as the "Master of Details."

Carol Wiget

Director of Partnerships

Carol is a beloved daughter of God, wife, and boy mom to four (two feral and two domesticated.) She has been in youth ministry for nine years serving elementary, middle, and high schoolers, as well as on the diocesan level, and now serves as Project YM’s Director of Partnerships. Carol lives in Birmingham, Alabama with husband Paul, and sons Ender, Xavier, Hugo, and Linus, two tarantulas (Aragog and Shelob), a bearded dragon (Clay), and a red betta fish (Tony Shark.) Carol is passionate about building up youth ministers, the beach, and fantasizing about the zombie apocalypse. She can’t wait to meet YOU and thank you for the amazing work you are doing to build God’s Kingdom.

The Board of Directors

The ministry of ProjectYM would not be possible without the hard work of our board:

Dylan Browning


Scott Williams


Fr. Christopher Manning

Diocese of Knoxville

We would LOVE to talk with you...

Seriously – we love talking to youth ministry leaders (or other people who love youth ministry). Here's just a handful of reasons why you should send us an email:
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