The Youth Theological Initiative, in its 24th year at Emory, is a life-changing and pedagogically innovative 3-week summer program for high school youth, staffed by Candler students. YTI’s high school scholars learn about community, theology and social justice. The newly founded Impact program will extend the YTI experience for high school students who cannot come for three weeks in the summer by offering multiple, shorter programs:
Taste of YTI: Finding God in the City—a five-day residential program offered in early June 2017 for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. This program will offer a “taste” of the YTI experience by engaging youth in an experience of intentional community of theological reflection and contextual learning, drawing on sacred texts and the unique assets of the Atlanta community for expanding our imagination of how God works in the world.
Praying with Our Feet—a travel seminar offered January 13-16, 2017 that will engage diverse Christian youth in the theological, ethical and practical dimensions of mission, service and peacebuilding in the US, drawing on the Civil Rights history of Atlanta, Birmingham and Selma as well as current movements for racial justice.
Journeys of Faith and Reconciliation—a travel seminar offered in June of 2018, that will engage diverse Christian youth in the theological, ethical and practical dimensions of mission, service and peacebuilding abroad, drawing on the religious peacebuilding process among Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.
Taking Your Faith to College—a one-day workshop, offered each fall and spring, beginning in spring 2017, that engages a wide-range of youth in the exploration of the theological, ethical and practical dimensions to the transition from high school to college. Connecting them with campus ministers, explaining the role of religious life in college, and engaging them in critically reflective, theologically rich conversations on relationships, stress, substance abuse, religious pluralism, academic inquiry and other aspects to college life, we hope to provide youth with tools they can use to flourish as whole human beings growing into an adult faith.