FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of Youth Commission?

To impact school campuses for Christ through students, faculty and communities.

What does Youth Commission do?

The Youth Commission helps middle and high school students start and maintain Christian clubs on their school campuses. Youth Commission also offers support to Youth Pastors through its Youth Leaders Network.

What makes Youth Commission different?

Youth Commission clubs are student-led, adult-supported groups that meet on the school campus with a focus on evangelism. Other organizations are adult-led and often meet off campus.

How long has Youth Commission been in existence?

It was formed in April of 1997 by the merging of two organizations that had been in existence since 1995. (The Bridge Youth Ministries and First Priority Charlotte) Youth Commission West Virginia was formed in 2011 to reach the young people of West Virginia.

How do I start a Youth Commission Club?

All it takes is 3 easy steps! Visit our Start A Club webpage for more details.

Are Youth Commission Clubs legal?

Christian Clubs at Schools ARE Legal

Federal law, under the Equal Access Act, allows Christian clubs to meet on school campuses as long as they comply with certain guidelines.

In 1984, the United States Congress passed the Equal Access Act, which guaranteed the students’ Constitutional right to have “Religious” or Christian clubs on their public secondary school campuses. President Ronald Reagan then signed it into law.

In June of 1990, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Equal Access Act in a landmark decision handed down in Board of Education of Westside Community Schools vs. Mergens, (496 U.S. 226). This provided a vehicle for students to come together and meet at school, using the school facilities just like everyone else.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice, “the Supreme Court ruled that public secondary schools which receive federal funds and allow non-curriculum related clubs to meet on campus must also allow ’religious clubs’ (that is, Bible clubs, Prayer clubs, or any club involving religious speech) to meet on campus during non-instructional time.  In other words, the school must give the religious club official recognition on campus. If the school allows service clubs, such as Interact, Zonta, or 4-H, or clubs like a chess club, it must allow religious clubs. This is what is meant by equal access”.

What about separation of Church and State?

Nowhere does the Constitution of the United States use the phrase “separation of church and state”! Neither is it in the Bill of Rights. The first time that the phrase is used is in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association by Thomas Jefferson 14 years after the adoption of the Bill of Rights. The only governmental document to provide such a guarantee is the constitution of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). What the First Amendment to the Constitution does say about religion is this: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” In other words, the Federal Government is forbidden, by the First Amendment, from establishing or creating an official national religion. The government is also forbidden from passing any law which restricts, in any way, your right to practice your religion anytime, anyplace and anyway that you see fit.

What denomination is Youth Commission WV?

General Youth Commission Club Policy

It is Youth Commission policy to stay away from denominational doctrine. The club is to be inclusive and not divisive in any way. The presiding purpose of the club is to be an evangelistic tool for students to reach their peers. The second purpose of a Youth Commission Club is to provide a support group of believers to help hold on another accountable to the faith. The third focus is for the club to be a blessing to the school itself by performing acts of service to the school community (students, staff, families, etc.) that demonstrates a heart that reflects God’s love.