What Is "See You at the Pole"?

A Student-led Prayer Gathering on the 4th Wednesday of September

See You at the Pole
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If you want to participate in a faith-filled experience that was started by fellow Christian teens, then See You at the Pole is a can’t miss event you'll want to attend each year.

What Is See You at the Pole or SYATP?

See You At The Pole is a student-led event in which participants meet at their school’s flagpole before school to pray for their school, the students, teachers, families, churches, the government, and our nation.

It is important to note that See You at the Pole is not a demonstration or political rally. Participants do not attempt to make a statement for or against any particular thing. It is meant to be an opportunity for students to unite together in prayer.

When Is SYATP?

The fourth Wednesday of September.

A Little SYATP History

See You at the Pole started in 1990 by a small group of teens in Burleson, Texas. One Saturday night they felt compelled to pray, so they went to three different schools and prayed at each school's flagpole.

From there a challenge was issued to students throughout Texas to meet at their flagpoles and pray simultaneously. At seven in the morning on September 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teens gathered at flagpoles in four states to pray before school.

The concept ballooned from there. Word spread quickly across the United States, as youth ministers reported that students outside of Texas who heard about the event were feeling the same burden for their schools as these Texas students had.

On September 11, 1991, the students held their national day of prayer, as more than one million students from all around the country gathered at flagpoles to pray. Today that number has grown to 3 million, with students in the US and 20 other countries participating in the event.

How Does See You at the Pole Work?

See You at the Pole is an informal prayer gathering initiated, organized, and led by students. Most groups meet at seven in the morning at a campus flagpole. Some choose to meet earlier due to class schedules.

Typically, students join hands in prayer. Some people pray out loud, while others sing songs or read from the Bible. It is an event which allows God to work in the hearts of students, prompting his word to be spoken at the flagpole.

Don't be concerned about starting small. A large group is not required. Some events start with only two or three students. At the same time, don't be shocked if you see students joining hands and praying, even those you never imagined were Christians. Even nonbelievers may join in with a desire to bless their school and others. It is truly a powerful thing to see people come together in this way.

Resources and Help Are Available

If you haven’t heard of See You at the Pole, but you want to organize an event at your school, then you should visit See You at the Pole. The site offers advice for planning and promoting a gathering at your school, plus resources you can download and order.

Most importantly, the site offers an entire section on your rights as a student to organize an SYATP event at your school. While it is recommended that you let your school administration know you will be organizing the event, you could still face resistance to this perfectly legal event. The school administration may not be fully aware of your religious rights on campus, so check out the resources available to you at the website.

Matthew 18:19-21 - “I promise that when any two of you on earth agree about something you are praying for, my Father in heaven will do it for you. Whenever two or three of you come together in my name, I am there with you.” (CEV)

Edited by Mary Fairchild