- This article is about an international evangelical nonprofit organization. For the Gurjar clan , see Awana .
(derived from the first letters of A
shamed as taken from 2 Timothy
2:15) is an international evangelical nonprofit
organization founded in 1950, headquartered in Streamwood, Illinois
. The mission of Awana is to help "churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love and serve Christ
." Awana is a non-denominational
program and licenses its curricula to any church willing to pay for and use the Awana materials consistent with its principles. In addition to its programs for children, Awana has prison ministries
Awana offers multiple curricula levels. In the U.S. and Canada, Awana is split into six age groups: Puggles, Cubbies, Sparks, Truth & Training (T&T), Trek and Journey. Internationally, the age groups offered vary in each country. Awana's prison ministries attend the needs of children of inmates while also providing parental coaching to incarcerated fathers and sponsoring events in prisons to bring children and their inmate fathers closer together.
Awana missionaries and volunteers run local, state and regional competitions between churches' Awana programs. These involve Bible Quizzing, AwanaGames, Awana Grand Prix and Sparks-a-Rama. High-school age Awana students can also participate in an annual national event called Summit.
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