The National African American Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry Network (NAACYYAMN) was founded in 1986 by a group of youth ministers, diocesan youth staff, and directors of Black Catholic offices in response to the needs of African American youth ministers and youth.  Since 1986, the Network has provided a collective voice for African American Youth & Young Adult Ministry on the diocesan, regional and national levels.  The Network is in contact through gatherings and quarterly newsletter with circulation to over 200 youth & young adult ministers nationwide.  Many of the dedicated youth ministers work as volunteers with thousands of youth throughout the country.