- Master Guide (MG) – The Master Guide Program (2 year program) is at the highest level of leadership within the Adventurer/Pathfinder programs of the church. Its curriculum is designed for youth and adults (ages 16 and up). First and foremost it focuses on one’s personal spiritual life and growth. Secondly it emphasizes in sharpening of those skills which are specifically geared to leading youth in God-ordained areas of development: understanding God’s world of nature, outreach ministry, service to others and a life-style that denotes healthy living.
- Adventurer Leadership Award (ALA) – The Adventurer Leadership Award Program is a continuing education class for those who have been invested as Master Guides, and are active within the Adventurer Club organization for at least 2 years. The ALA Curriculum will help you discover leadership qualities, which will allow you to become a more efficient and dynamic Adventurer Leader. Some of these qualities are “how to” skills and aptitudes; others involve philosophies and attitudes. This curriculum will definitely equip you with skills, tools, and techniques to maximize your natural leadership talents.
- Adventurer Instructor Award (AIA) – The Adventurer Instructor Award Program is a continuing education class for those who have been invested as Adventurer Leadership Awardees. As Adventurer leaders, everything we say and do sends a message and sets an example for our young people and their families. We live under a microscope. Nothing escapes their scrutiny. There is a direct correlation between how instructors serve their followers and how the followers serve others. Setting the right example is an incredible responsibility, and many youth leaders feel ill equipped to meet the challenge. The Adventurer Instructor Award is a curriculum that will help to meet the needs of leaders who instruct.
- Adventist Youth Ministries Training (AYMT) – The Adventist Youth Ministries Training Program is a curriculum of learning designed to provide role specific training for adult Pathfinder club staff members. While it’s primary targets are those who have been invested as Master Guides, it also provides structured training for staff who have not yet earned their Master Guide class, as well as some direct connection to the Master Guide Curriculum. It is important for all church workers, both professional and volunteer, to continue to learn, to be familiar with current trends and to make training part of their life style. The purpose of AYMT is to provide the framework for that life long training. The AYMT framework provides for standardized departments, seminar nomenclature and descriptions. These seminars and related fieldwork are then organized into certification programs as approved by the appropriate North American Division Youth Ministry (NAD) committee with General Conference participation. The system is designed to allow flexibility in many areas, and provides opportunities for unions and conferences to develop additional certifications and seminars that meet their specific needs.
Certifications offered through AYMT:
- AYMT – PBST (Be at least 16 years old)
A 10 hour Basic Staff training program. This certification is intended to provide basic information about the purpose, structure and ministry of Pathfinders to individuals who are just starting out in Pathfinder ministry and have little or no prior experience with the program. It is highly recommended that this certification is earned before they begin their participation in Pathfinder ministry. Valid for 4 Years
- AYMT – Instructor Certification (Be at least 16 years old)
It is intended to provide a strong foundation for someone who will be serving a local Pathfinder club as an honor or Investiture Achievement instructor. (This is NOT anything like the old PIA which was focused on training adults to train other adults.) Ideally the seminars should be taken before the staff member actually takes up their duties. The field work would be done during their first year as an instructor.
- AYMT – Counselor JumpStart Certification (Be at least 18 years old)
It is intended to provide a foundation for staff members who will hold the most important role in Pathfinder Ministry, that of counselor. The seminars should be taken before a staff member actually takes up duties as a counselor, hence its JumpStart name. It is designed to be taught in a 6 hour intensive session. Much of the field work will be done during the year of service.
- AYMT – Director Certification (Be at least 18 years old)
It is intended to provide a strong foundation for someone who has little if any prior experience with Pathfinders, but has been asked to serve as club director by their local church. Ideally the seminars should be taken before the new director actually takes up their duties. The field work would be done during their first year as a director, associate director or deputy director.
- AYMT – Leadership Certification – Equivalent to old PLA. (Be a Master Guide.)
This certification is authorized for use by those who are invested Master Guides as continuing education. It is intended to provide a deeper understanding of the ministry of Pathfinders.
- AYMT – Staff Leadership Certification (Be a Master Guide)
This certification is authorized for use by those who are invested Master Guides as continuing education. It is intended to provide a deeper understanding of staff support and leadership.
- Adventurer Basic Staff Training (ABST) – A required class for Master Guide candidates A 10-hour Basic Staff training course is designed to develop awareness in leaders of the basic fundamentals of the Adventurer Club and to help teachers become familiar with the procedures, policies and resources necessary to commence and maintain a Adventurer Club. Valid for 4 years.
- Adventist Youth Leadership Certification (AYLC) –The Adventist Youth Leadership Curriculum is designed for youth, young adults, and adults. Its objective is to assist the leader in training, to develop knowledge, personal spiritual discipline, leadership skills, and a practical approach to Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the XXI Century within and outside the Adventist community, in the Greater New York Area.
- Adventist Youth Emergency Services Corps Certification (AYES) –The Adventist Youth Emergency Services Corps Curriculum prepares the individual to serve God, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Community voluntarily in moments of crisis and emergencies. These emergencies may take place in our neighborhood, city, state, country, or world. The AYES Corps will be prepared to be first responders under the Directions of the supervision and combined leadership of Adventist Community Services and the Adventist Youth Ministries Department of the Greater New York Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- Adventist Youth Media Certification (AYM) –The Adventist Youth Media Curriculum is designed for youth, young adults, and adults. Its objective is to prepare the individual to share the Good News of the Gospel through the use of various media tools available in the XXI Century, including news writing, social media, video production and audio.
- Adventist Youth Preach It Certification (AYP) – The Adventist Youth Preach It Curriculum is designed for youth, young adults, and adults. Its objective is to train the individual in the art of preaching, through which they can to develop biblical knowledge and personal spiritual discipline, and use it as a practical approach to reach others by proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.
- Adventist Youth Theatre Certification (AYT) – The Adventist Youth Theatre Curriculum is designed for students who are interested in using the art of theatre as a catalyst to bring forth the message of Christ’s Gospel to life. This program highlights the theoretical, critical and historical approaches for preparing theatre as a tool for evangelism, while providing and requiring a hands-on experience in drama. Students are taught general aspects of this performing art, allowing their expertise to be used effectively in a myriad of other ministries.
- Adventist Youth Photography (AYPhoto) – The Adventist Youth Photography Curriculum is designed for youth, young adults, and adults. Its objective is to train the individual in the art of photography in order to use it for the benefit of the church and the advancement of the gospel.
- Youth Counseling Certification – The Youth Counseling Certification is designed for youth leaders to acquire the basic skills in 101 counseling. This is a lay program designed to equip individuals in counseling skills to deal with youth issues in particular and family matters in general. This program is offered in conjunction with the Family Life Department of the GNYC and will required attending intensive weekends of equipping. The courses will be taught by professionals and practitioners in the field. Areas such as family dynamics, issues in youth counseling, when to refer to a professional, boundaries, mandatories requirements, among others, will be cover. Full program offers in English and Spanish.