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The YAS program utilizes You Are Special, a book by best-selling author Max Lucado, as the cornerstone for self-worth development lectures, activities, small group sessions, and one-on-one conversations. The enduring understanding of this program is for participants to come to know, and believe, that they are special. Since 2006, program participants as young as toddlers and as old as grandparents have benefitted from YAS instruction. A variety of organizations, all with differing organizational cultures and concerns, have found YAS to be dynamic addition to their current program offerings.


While we believe the message of YAS is universally applicable, we also believe this message is best conveyed alongside it’s biblical foundation. Program implementers are instructed in the biblical foundations so they can fully reinforce the symbolism of the storybook character of Eli  who clearly represents a loving God from whom we derive our true self worth.  In addition, we have created a companion Biblical Perspective document and Bible Study for those organizations able to overtly include the biblical references for youth programs, outreach, or YAS teacher training.


Some people find it curious that such a simple book, with such a simple message, could have the impact we’ve seen through YAS. We think it goes to show that in the midst of all the positive progress of modern life, many of us have forgotten the basic truth of the dignity and value of all mankind. The YAS Program simply serves as a reminder.


We offer the following written materials free to our Key Partners. For more information on obtaining materials or partnering with us click here.

Based on Max Lucado’s book "You Are Special", the lessons walk students through fun, interactive and engaging activities focused on individuals’ unique value and identity. Aimed at 8-12 year olds, the guide provides lesson instructions and handouts for either a School Day Curriculum (8 2-hour lessons), or Saturday Curriculum (4 2-hour lessons) with advice on how to implement, lesson scripts, and a companion CD with all the necessary handout masters. Appropriate for church or non-church venues.

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A simple companion document that provides a one-page biblically based lesson summary for each YAS lesson along with relevant Scriptures. It can be used in a church camp or children’s church setting to supplement the Master Curriculum.

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Recognizing the need for children’s church resources, we have developed an age-appropriate bible study that is directly correlated to the YAS Master Curriculum. The bible study can be used as a stand-alone or with the Master Curriculum to extend the lesson time.

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These two documents were created specifically to fill the need for adult trainers to understand the importance of a biblically based identity. We often use these documents in our 3T Training programs; however, they can be used by any church for adult bible study.

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