Young Justice Advocates (YJA)


What is YJA? 

Young Justice Advocates (YJA) is a grassroots movement of youth who are called, equipped, and empowered to become the leading voices in transforming their congregations and communities in the power of Jesus Christ by becoming disciples of Jesus Christ through the work of justice and advocacy.  

The YJA Movement deepens discipleship of youth in the United Methodist Church through immersion experiences that connect with service, justice, faith formation, and leadership development. YJA Leader Youth seek to engage their churches in new ways and change their communities using community organizing basics- specifically, identifying justice issues, developing strategies to make real change, practicing relationship skills for one-on-one conversations and trainings, and learning the dynamics of power.

Hear from Leader Youth and Adult Mentors

Harris, Former West Ohio Conference Director of Diversity, talks about being a diverse leader in a diversifying church

Allison, a graduated Leader Youth, talks about taking YJA with her to college

Kaleigh talks about Success and Set-Backs in Community Organizing

You can hear all of our podcast episodes via Soundcloud or Stitcher


Past Events

Community Organizing Training @ Lakeside Chautauqua, June 9-10


Community Organizing Training @ Riverside UMC, February 26-27, 2016

For more information about how to be the movement, contact Rebecca Hug, YJA Coordinator at rhug [at] (subject: Young%20Justice%20Advocates)  or 740.689.7645