Excerpts from the SDA Church Manual:
The Adventist Youth Society is a department of the church through which the church works for and through her youth.
"We have an army of youth today who can do much if they are properly directed and encouraged. We want them to be blessed of God. We want them to act a part in well-organized plans for helping other youth."Ellen G. White, in General Conference Bulletin, Jan. 29, 30, 1893, p. 24.
"With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!"Messages to Young People, p. 196.