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What is YAMEN?

The Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network (YAMEN) is a year-long service opportunity for young, Christian adults from outside the U.S. and Canada. YAMEN participants live in a new culture while serving in places such as schools, farms, community agencies and day cares.

The YAMEN program seeks to:
  • Promote a theology of service that encourages growth as global citizens active in social justice and peacemaking
  • Provide opportunities for learning and mutual transformation through the development of intercultural skills
  • Foster opportunities for spiritual growth, appreciation of Anabaptist values and involvement in the local and global church
  • Explore and develop skills while cultivating an increased sense of vocation by serving alongside a local partner organization

YAMEN is run as a joint program between Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite World Conference — a worldwide network of Anabaptist-related churches. So an important part of the program is making connections between Anabaptist churches in different parts of the world. That means participants must either come from an Anabaptist church, or be sent to serve in an Anabaptist organization.

If you have any questions about the program contact the YAMEN coordinator.

Read about the experiences of past YAMENers in the Yamen Yearbook