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History

TeenStreet began in 1992 as a vision for an international Christian conference for teens. Founders Dan and Suzie Potter from the U.S. gave it the name TeenStreet “because the whole purpose was to give teens a street to travel upon…a way to live”.

The first TeenStreet was held in Offenburg, Germany, in the summer of 1993, with a total of 56 people. It grew rapidly from there, and by 2000, participation topped 2,000.

In 2004, TeenStreet expanded to Brazil, then to Australia in 2010, and similar movements have been launched around the globe.

Today, TeenStreet operates in seven countries, with a total of 8,000 participants each year—but we’re not done growing.

“TeenStreet is much more than a one-week event,” explains former TeenStreet Europe director Ger van Veen. “Thousands of young people leave TeenStreet every year and are empowered to live for Jesus and reflect Him in their world.”

In 2020, TeenStreet launched its first ever online event, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As our influence expands through new technologies and opportunities, we’re following God’s direction for the future, journeying together as a global community of Jesus followers who are committed to glorifying His name.