Governor Mitch Daniels has proclaimed today, Thursday, Nov. 5, Thank a Youth Worker Day throughout Indiana. Youth-serving networks and organizations are holding celebrations to honor those who serve children and youth, and leaders and other individuals are taking time out to call, write and personally say “thank you” to youth workers who are such a valuable and often unsung force in their communities.

We need to thank those who mentor our children and youth and celebrate their contributions to our communities. As the Church, we have the opportunity on this day to recognize so many in our churches who help raise our young people. Children’s ministry workers, youth workers, pastors, church staff, Sunday school teachers, day-care providers, preschool staff – so many children come to know God’s love because of the volunteers and staff in our congregations who give of their time to shape young lives. 

For ideas on how to say thank you, visit Join in the celebration today, Thursday, Nov. 5 by showing your thanks.  

For more information about the 2009 Thank a Youth Worker Day, visit, or contact co-chairs Brian Durand and Jennifer McKinney at