During the 1960’s and 70’s two major global youth ministries, Young Life and Youth For Christ were reaching out to military teens with little consistent success. Recognizing the unique needs and stressors of military life, these two agencies joined forces to develop a model of ministry that reflects the specific and particular needs of US military communities and families. On July 29, 1980, leaders from both of these agencies met in Washington, D.C. and laid the foundation for what would become known as Club Beyond.
From that meeting, Club Beyond took shape and developed an ecumenical outreach that focused exclusively on middle school and high school aged children whose parents actively serve in the Armed Forces. Between 1980 and 1990 it grew from 2 programs to 18 communities in four European countries, plus the USA. During that decade Club Beyond reached out to over 10,000 students. The outreach would continue to grow worldwide as its success and impact among military communities became known.
Today Club Beyond serves in over 45 military installations around the world. As our country continues to defend the freedoms America stands for, Club Beyond seeks to continue to serve our troops by investing in the children who, because of the challenges they face, have the potential to become our resilient leaders of tomorrow.