Growing together as Disciples of Creator Sets Free, Jesus

aka Youth With A Mission, Native Ministries   |   Kamiah, ID   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 82-0408415


We want to grow in mutual friendship and devotion to Creator Jesus in partnership with North America's Tribal Peoples, encouraging them in their cultural identity and as followers of Jesus to take their rightful place in all spheres of society. We are committed to assist Native people to know Creator God and to make Him known by developing interdependent relationships and through purposeful, positive programs such as: * Gatherings that celebrate Creator Jesus in ways distinctly Native in structure, style, and philosophy. * Capacity-building training for indigenous followers of Jesus * Cultural exchange through sending and hosting outreaches

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Volkhard Graf

Main address

PO Box 1391

Kamiah, ID 83536 USA

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Subject area info

Cultural awareness


Population served info

Indigenous peoples

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Native Americans and Indigenous people in general have experienced tainted forms of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Often, those who came in his name were also motivated by the doctrine of discovery. Their collusion with governments caused loss of land, culture, and influence for Indigenous people. We seek to show that the biblical Gospel is for all people and can be expressed equally well in any culture, while remaining faithful to Creator's revelation in scripture and through his son Jesus, Creator-sets-free.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Followers of Creator Who Saves

Program provides ongoing informal training in dealing with past and current challenges, such as alcoholism, mentoring individuals and families in the area of family living, care, finances, education, job search, and practical assistance, from a Biblical perspective.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. See Tribal people grow in their relationship with Creator God and his son Jesus, Creator-sets-free.
2. Work toward improving economic conditions for Native people through encouragement and provision of sound principles of budgeting, credit management, and advocacy for living wages.
3. Encouraging Native people to reach out to other tribes and people, affecting positive change in their own and other peoples lives through healthy family and community relationships.

1. Intensive personal mentoring relationships
2. Interactive training with small groups of Native people
3. "Talking Circles" for men to provide opportunities for sharing and personal ministry
4. Weekly Radio program on KIYE 88.7 and 105.5 FM Voice of the Nimiipuu Radio to encourage Native cultural expression for Followers of Jesus.
5. Developing Online Discipleship Resources (video, podcasts, storytelling) for indigenous people to access from anywhere.

1. Caring staff members meet and work with individuals as well as through Native churches and groups in the community.
2. Due to a current lack of our own meeting facilities, we are able to utilize church and community resources.
3. Additional funding will help us build or acquire a modest ministry and hospitality house to host discipleship training.

Their is still great need to see many more Native people of our communities encouraged by assisting them to build capacity and seeing practical needs met.
Raising further capital will allow us to rent/own a facility for training and outreach.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Assets info

BMF Data: IRS Business Master File

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $8,290
Program Services $909
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $1,848
Total Revenue $11,062
Program Services $3,845
Administration $1,395
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $2,900
Total Expenses $5,240


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $76,594
Total Liabilities $76,594
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $76,594


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Volkhard Graf

1975-1980 Personal Banker, Deutsche Bank AG, Germany 1980- 1986 Bank Management/Loan Officer, Sparkasse Kreuztal, Germany 1987-1988 Diploma in Practical Theology, Christ for the Nations, Institute, Dallas, TX 1991- current Director, Youth With A Mission, Native Ministries 2005-2010 CRE First Nez Perce Presbyterian Church, Kamiah, ID 2010 MA., (ICS) Intercultural Studies, Hope University, Fullerton, CA

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Volkhard Graf

Volkhard Graf

Marianne Graf

Lydia Cecilia Munoz

Bill Picard

Lori Picard

Stephen Kilpatrick

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/27/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.