See You at the Pole 2023

See You at the Pole 2023 – “WHOLEHEARTED” (from Jeremiah 29:13) is the theme for See You at the Pole 2023, which is all about students praying at their schools. The event is planned for Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at schools around the world. #wholehearted #syatp #syatp2023

See You at the Pole 2023

The event is more than just one day of prayer. With the continuing challenge of Covid-19 affecting schedules and access at participating schools, students are challenged to find creative ways, places, and times to pray throughout the Global Week of Student Prayer—September 24-30, 2023.

Then on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, if possible, students are encouraged to gather at a school flagpole or other community location to pray. This means that, all around the world in every time zone, for 24 hours, students will be praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities.

2023 marked the 33rd year for See You at the Pole, a student-initiated and student-led event that started in Burleson, Texas, in 1990. SYATP brings students together to intercede for their leaders, schools, and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries.

If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me.

Jeremiah 29:13 NLT

Jeremiah 29:13 is the theme verse for 2023.

Everything students need to do a successful SYATP is available free at A Facebook page is at “myseeyouatthepole”. Promotional resources can be ordered online or by calling (817) HIS-PLAN (817-447-7526) between 9-5 (Central Time), Monday-Friday. Posters, flyers, handbook, T-shirts, silicone wristbands are some of the materials available for 2023. You can also download the “SYATP” mobile app to access all of the planning materials and free daily devotionals.

Did you know that on September 11, 1991, at 7:00 a.m., an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles all over the country. From Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, from North Dakota to the tip of Texas, students came together to pray. Some sang, some read Scripture, but most importantly, they prayed. Like those first students, they prayed for their schools, for their friends, for their leaders, and for their country.

The San Diego-based National Network of Youth Ministries coordinates SYATP promotion. Doug Clark, national field director of the Network, noted: “See You at the Pole is a ‘moment.’ We hope adults and students will consider turning that moment into a movement by praying every day. This year, with the continued challenge of disruptions that have affected the US and every country, we need to ask God to pour out His Spirit on us more than ever. The heart of SYATP is extraordinary prayer.”

Lesser-known facts

“See You at the Pole” (SYATP) is an annual event where students gather at their school’s flagpole to pray for their school, community, and nation. While it’s a well-known event in some circles, here are some lesser-known facts about it:

  1. Origin: SYATP began in 1990 with a group of students in Burleson, Texas. It has since grown into a global event, but its humble origins are not widely known.
  2. Global Reach: Although it started in the United States, SYATP has expanded to include participation from students in countries all around the world, making it a truly global event.
  3. Legal Aspects: There have been legal debates over the years about the constitutionality of SYATP. While students have the right to pray voluntarily, some concerns have arisen when school staff or administrators participate, as it might be seen as endorsement of religion by the school.
  4. Themes: Each year, SYATP often has a specific theme or focus for prayer. These themes vary and can include topics like unity, revival, or specific issues affecting young people.
  5. Student-Led: SYATP is intended to be student-led and organized. While adults may provide support, the event’s emphasis is on empowering students to take the lead in planning and conducting the prayer gathering.
  6. Denominational Diversity: Participants in SYATP come from various Christian denominations, and the event is meant to be inclusive of different Christian traditions.
  7. Social Media Presence: In recent years, SYATP has embraced social media to connect and inspire young people. You can find SYATP on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  8. Prayer Beyond the Pole: Some schools have expanded the concept of SYATP to include prayer walks, where students pray at various locations around their school campus in addition to the flagpole.
  9. Student Testimonies: Many students who have participated in SYATP events report feeling encouraged and inspired by the experience, and some have shared their testimonies online or in local media.
  10. Parental Support: In some communities, parents and churches actively support SYATP by organizing breakfasts or gatherings before the event to pray for the students who will be participating.

These lesser-known facts highlight the diversity and evolving nature of the SYATP movement as it continues to engage students in prayer and reflection.

SYATP is partnering with Claim Your Campus ( to encourage students to daily prayer at their schools. CYC currently supports students praying daily on schools across the nation.

Notes: SYATP is the fourth Wednesday in September each year.

Past SYATP Events

Below are the blog posts about prior years prayer at the flag pole and their Themes.

  1. 2022 – Aflame
  2. 2021 – Just Pray
  3. 2020 – Return, Restore, Revive
  4. 2019 – If My People Pray
  5. 2018 – Broken
  6. 2017 – Fix Your Eyes
  7. 2016 – We Cry Out
  8. 2015 – United

More info at

(817) HIS-PLAN (817-447-7526)

Don’t forget that Bring Your Bible to School Day is coming up in October, very soon!

Subscribe To Courageous Christian Father!


Don’t miss any blog posts! Subscribe today! You can subscribe via WordPress or by entering your email! Thank you!

Follow Courageous Christian Father on

Join 1,617 other subscribers

Don’t forget to also share blog posts you love on your favorite social media too! Thank you! Sharing is caring!

Follow Steve Sews on Social Media

Below are some examples of blog entries from all the blogs that I do. (Courageous Christian Father, Steve Sews Stuff, and SteveZ DesignZ). 

Loading RSS Feed

Recent Posts

  • Trinity Sunday
    Trinity Sunday is a significant day in the Christian liturgical calendar, celebrated as a reminder of the profound mystery of the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost, marking it as a time of reflection on the nature of God and the Christian faith.
  • Remembering the Fallen this Memorial Day
    Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to those men and women who died to protect our freedoms. Plus. Special shoutout to One that shed His blood for our ultimate freedom … Jesus! #MemorialDay
  • How Memorial Day and Veterans Day differ from each other
    Memorial Day and Veterans Day each honor the military, though the two holidays are not the same. Never tell a veteran Happy Memorial Day! #MemorialDay #VeteransDay
  • Free Printables
    Do you like free printables that you can print on your own printer at home? Then check out this list of free Christian Printables #FreePrintables
  • The Knot Prayer Printable
    The Knot Prayer Printable In the journey of life, we often find ourselves entangled in a web of thoughts and emotions that can hinder our progress. It’s like being caught in a series of knots, each one representing the doubts, fears, and limitations we impose upon ourselves. The Knot Prayer is a beautiful and poignant plea for divine assistance in untangling these knots. #KnotPrayer

Thank You For Reading Courageous Christian Father!

Thank you for reading. Please feel free to share and like this blog post.

About the Author

Author: Steve Patterson

A Christian Blogger that enjoys blogging about the Bible, Theology, God, Jesus Christ, Christian Music, Family, Cats, Odd Holidays, sewing and much more. I have been blogging since 2004, however, I have been blogging on Courageous Christian Father since 2012. I enjoy listening to Christian Music. I am married with 1 daughter, 2 step-sons and a step daughter.

Feel free to share your comment! Thank you!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.