Youth Becoming Leaders – Asbury University
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Now accepting applications for Summer 2021 residential institute.

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New: For Youth Groups

We are offering a Student Leadership Training curriculum for churches and youth groups to conduct with their high school-aged student leaders. This training can be conducted as a two-day workshop or an 8-week small group curriculum, and could take place in person or online, depending on guidelines in your area! Cost for this curriculum is $50 and includes all 7 video sessions and corresponding small group resources, plus a bonus session for brainstorming next steps together!



Residential Program

It is our most sincere hope that the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2021 is such that we will be able to gather together on campus for the YBL we know and love. However, we will continue to adhere to CDC guidelines and may choose to modify our course of action at any point accordingly. This may include, but is not limited to requesting students be tested before coming to campus or requiring a child be vaccinated to attend YBL. We will keep participants up-to-date as the event draws closer.

What You Can Expect:

  • Immersion in a Christian community for worship, learning, and experiencing God
  • Theological instruction from renowned Asbury University and Seminary faculty
  • Experiential training in spiritual disciplines
  • Training in researching and engaging significant global issues and discerning culture
  • Observation and training with local ministry leaders
  • Training for community action together with a mentor from your home community*
  • Developing a ministry project to start in your home community
  • A life changing experience

Program Dates

June 7-18, 2021


The camp is $500 for students accepted into the 2021 program.**

Youth Becoming Leaders: High School Christian Leadership and Global Transformation Institute equips high school students for theologically guided living and decision making through immersion in Christian Scripture, theological texts, tradition, and community to lead and serve in a complex global society.

*This initiative will also include a post-residential program curriculum that includes elements to be completed with their mentor. Mentors will be brought in for the final 24 hours of the residential program for training and to refine a ministry project to be completed by the student in the months following. There will be no cost to the mentor for this trip.

**Youth Becoming Leaders requires acceptance through an application process (application coming soon) that includes; a minimum GPA of 3.3***, demonstration of leadership in the local community, reference letters, and memorizing scripture. The true cost of Youth Becoming Leaders is around $4,000 per student. Students who enroll at Asbury will also be able to receive three credits of academic elective credit to be applied toward general liberal arts degree completion. The low cost of $500 is enabled because Youth Becoming Leaders is funded through generous gifts and grants from Carson-Myer Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Asbury Theological Seminary, Asbury University, and individual donors. You can donate here to help support this program.

***Students who do not meet the GPA requirement but who demonstrate strong leadership abilities and whose reference is able to speak to their fitness for the academic rigor of the program will still be considered.