Real Resources is a Christ-centered, multi-denominational 501(c)3 nonprofit. Founded upon the belief that teens are a vital part of the Church today, and God has uniquely equipped them to live out His love in the world, Real Resources operates a family of ministries—YouthWorks, Youth Specialties, BigStuf Camps and Especialidades Juveniles—that draw teens, their families, and church leaders into deeper encounters with God and each other through community service, leadership development, play, and worship.
Launched in 2012, Real Resources is the name behind some of today’s best-known ministries that have been serving churches for more than 40 years. Home to a family of ministries including YouthWorks, Youth Specialties, BigStuf Ministries and Especialidades Juveniles. Real Resources’ core purpose is to serve churches by providing Christ-centered resources and experiences for ministry. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Real Resources is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt Christian faith based organization.
YouthWorks has over 20 years of experience leading life-changing, Christ-centered mission trips for youth, churches and families. Each summer, over 25,000 students, adults and families learn from and serve more than 70 communities across North America. While providing lots of affordable options, YouthWorks maintains high quality experiences that broaden perspectives, ignite passions, expose possibilities and inspire pursuits.
For more than 40 years, Youth Specialties (YS) has served as an international thought leader in Christian youth ministry. Through creating resources and convening youth workers, Youth Specialties encourages and equips local churches to help teenagers follow Jesus. Each year, Youth Specialties serves more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide through training seminars, conventions, books, curriculum and online resources.
BigStuf Ministries offers week long beach camps for students and leaders to experience the love of God through His Son, Jesus. Thousands of teens and leaders from churches across the country convene at Panama City Beach and Daytona Beach, Florida each summer to learn, pray, worship and have fun all while growing in their walk with Jesus.
Especialidades Juveniles is the Spanish-speaking ministry of Youth Specialties. Through an incredible array of events, conferences, courses, radio programming, and online and print publications, Especialidades Juveniles provides relevant tools and training so today’s Spanish-speaking youth in the Americas and Spain can follow Jesus.
Real Resources Foundation supports the benevolent efforts and select strategic initiatives of Real Resources and its family of ministries. Through financial support, Real Resources Foundation enables its current and former staff, as well as its community and ministry partners, to engage in further kingdom work within and beyond Real Resources’ operations.