YouthReach International History
In the summer of 1993, Greg Perry and a team of co-workers traveled to Slavyanagorsk, Ukraine, to “scope out the possibilities.” This small group was welcomed in former pioneer youth camps and met people on who would be key in returning trips to Ukraine. On the train ride back to Kiev, the dreams for World Wide Youth Camps began and the mission was formally named between friends who were experiencing the thrill of sharing the gospel in this great country. In 1995, World Wide Youth Camps was registered as 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Since then, the ministry has worked in pioneer camps, street ministries, and orphanages in Ukraine, Russia, Kenya, Namibia, Croatia, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Honduras, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States, Germany, and Australia. While our history has taken us around the world, we have returned to our Russian speaking roots to focus deeply in the countries of Ukraine, Russia, and, as of 2012, Belarus. Through mentoring orphans and at-risk youth in these three countries, we are making a deep impact on this next generation for the purposes of Jesus Christ.
In November of 2009, the name was officially changed to “YouthReach International”, to bring focus in our efforts to reach youth around the world. The Board of Directors has further clarified our mission by adopting the following mission statement in early 2013:
Establishing local mentoring communities which equip orphans and at-risk children for success in life
through spiritual development, positive role models, and practical skills.