Young Adult Ministry

About YAM


Our Mission

Equip and empower young adult Unificationists ages 18-25 to:

  • Live with moral integrity

  • Build a foundation for a successful Blessing, and

  • Make their contribution to society

Our Role

The role of national YAM is to create a network for collaboration and sharing best practices. Also, we offer educational resources and opportunities through Discussion Series and workshops and retreats.

Meet the Team




Naokimi Ushiroda was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1979 and just three years later, he moved with his family to Queens, NY. In 2004, Naokimi graduated from the Wharton School of Business. He also attended the Special Task Force missionary training program for three years where he served as a fundraising team member, team leader, group leader, and event staff. During college, he founded a local CARP chapter focused on interfaith dialogue and led the club as student president for three years. In 2007, Naokimi became the National Youth Ministry Director for HSA-UWC, where he developed a network of 40+ youth ministry leaders and launched a youth leadership program called Jr. STF. In 2012, he helped to develop and host the Leadership Program for the Generation Peace Academy and the future upcoming leaders of HSA-UWC. In the summer of 2013, he was appointed as the CARP President for America. Naokimi received the Marriage Blessing in 2000 with Shukuko Yono from New York. He and his wife live in New Jersey and have three children.





Tasnah serves as the Program Coordinator for National Young Adult Ministry. She is passionate about creating opportunities for young adults to explore and deepen an authentic relationship with themselves, God and True Parents, and others. Whether through retreats and seminars, educational curriculum, or one-on-one relationships, she finds a deep fulfillment and joy in the empowering individuals in their journey of growth and discovery. Tasnah is an alumna of STF (2007-2010) and of the University of Bridgeport where she served for two years as the youth pastor. She currently serves as a founding Board member of COR. In her free time she's building her business, pursuing a love for wedding and event planning. She loves frisbee, rock climbing, and running, and spends her free time writing, crafting, and drinking tea. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her younger siblings, two of her favorite people.


Greg Couweleers

Community Care Coordinator

Greg joined the Young Adult Ministry team in May 2018 as the Program Assistant and currently acts as the Community Care Coordinator. Serving as a local young adult ministry leader himself, Greg thoroughly enjoys supporting other Young Adult Ministry leaders across the country. He is a GPA graduate, having served on the program from 2011-2014, as well as a graduate of Western Washington University in 2018. Greg was blessed to his wife Miwa in 2018 and together they live in the beautiful city of Bellingham, WA where they enjoy hiking in the beautiful wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.