Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Grounded in Word and Sacrament, AFFIRM develops discipleship skills, leadership skills, and teaches Lutheran theology.  We follow Christ, we live in a Christian community, and we teach how to be God's hands in the world.  Affirm is made up of age appropriate units for 6th -12th graders plus the Young Adult Youth Ministry Institute (YAYMI) for young adults. Click on "Learn more" button to download a flyer with more information about Affirm.



Affirm is a Summer Youth Event of the ELCA Southeastern Synod held at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama.  Affirm nurtures faith, equips youth leaders for today and tomorrow, and trains youth in discipleship skills.  Affirm is for youth who have completed grades 6-12 and the Young Adult and Youth Ministry Institute (YAYMI) is held simultaneously with AFFIRM For college freshman and sophomores interested in exploring a call to youth ministry.  Affirm is based on 10 different age appropriate leadership and discipleship units.  Each of these units are staffed by small group leaders and a pair of unit directors.  Youth will spend about 6 hours each day in experiential learning with games, skits, and discussion. 

 90% of our registration was completed online last year - thanks for your continued support to keep things digital!  If you or your congregation do better with paper, we've got you covered!  This Ambassador Packet >> has all of the info and resources you need in an easy to print format.  If you have any questions, contact Emily, our registrar, at or  762.585.5108

 Registration is now open.  Click the button below to begin.

Online registration allows you to register up to three participants at a time, pay your deposit, submit a synod scholarship application and even complete a medication form (if needed)!  Complete instructions are included in the portal.

Important Dates to Remember

AFFIRM will be held June 16-21, 2019 at the University of West Alabama.

April 1 - Synod Scholarship Deadline.  In order to ensure we can support as many youth as necessary, this is a hard deadline.  No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
April 15 - Synod Scholarships Awarded

May 1 - Registration Deadline

June 1 - Payment Deadline (churches and parents)

If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration please contact our registrar at - / 762.585.5108

If You Prefer To Download A Registration Form

Parent Info & Paper Forms

If you would like more information regarding Affirm you can download the Information Sheet here: AFFIRM Info Sheet >>

To register by paper a youth please use this form:Participant Paper Registration >>

To register by paper for YAYMI, please use this form:YAYMI Paper Registration >>


Church and Leader Resources


Affirm Ambassadors are youth directors, pastors, church staff, parents, past participants - anyone who is helping participants and parents through the AFFIRM Registration process.  This Ambassador Packet >> should contain what you may need to be successful and helpful.  Download the Ambassador packet here.

Participants are not required to register as a congregation but some congregations assist in the cost of the event and can make congregational or group payments here: Online Congregational/Group Payments >>

If you choose to mail in a congregational payment or group payment please download this form to assist you: Congregational Payment Form (to send with checks) >>