You can also download a PDF of the requirements at: www.su.edu/youththeology
About us and the application process:
Our 2019 institute is a two week immersive experience intended to create a beautiful world of Christian community for you to explore your identity, faith, passion, and calling to work for justice in the world. Framed by God's expansive vision for the created order from Genesis to Revelation, our institute will challenge you to explore everything you know (or think you know) about yourself, God, your calling, and the world we live in! Our first week will be guided by the creation accounts in Genesis, as we live, study, play, and explore the Shenandoah Valley and stay at Shenandoah University while we think about what wholeness and justice might look like for the natural world. The second week we will be guided by John's glorious vision of the New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation, as we live, study, play, and explore the city and people of Washington, DC and stay at Wesley Theological Seminary and think about what wholeness and justice might look like for the fullness of the human family, especially those who are marginalized in our society. Over the weekend we will camp out on the Shenandoah River and spend time exploring the beauty of creation. During the Youth Theology Institute, you will have academic instruction every day by world class faculty from, dive into interfaith and service learning experiences, participate in small groups led by Shenandoah University and Wesley Theological Seminary students, bring back a justice project to complete in your local faith community, and have an unbelievable amount of fun. Our hope is that at the end of it all you will be equipped with the passion and tools to go back into your local faith community and be the leader God created you to be. AND on top of it all, when you're finished you will have earned a 3 credit undergraduate course at Shenandoah University in the area of Christian Vocation in the 21st Century that you can carry with you as you consider where God is calling you after high school. We are so excited you are interested in entering into this journey with us!
Dates: July 14-27, 2019 (you must be available to stay for the full duration of the institute)
Cost: $200. This is highly subsidized by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment. This includes meals, housing, academic instruction, academic credits, supervision, travel during the program etc. In addition to the $200, you will also be responsible to pay for any travel costs to get to Shenandoah University for the institute and to get home after it's done. We highly recommend that you ask your faith community cover these costs. (We'll ask them too!) This is the last year we are offering the institute at this reduced cost, so we encourage you to apply this year!
Deadline: We will accept students to our program on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as soon as you are able. The final deadline to apply is May 1, 2019.
Application Requirements:- you must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in high school- you must be interested in exploring how your faith intersects with who you are and what you're called to do in the world- this application form! (which includes a short essay)-a letter of recommendation from your pastor and/or youth leader
You still in? Yes! Amazing! Please proceed!