High School Students

Empower is a 19-day summer institute for high school juniors and seniors and their mentors. Students gather in a cohort surrounded by mentors and faculty. They participate in classroom and service learning experiences that spur on theological reflection and application.

To participate, a student must…

  • Be recommended by one of the partner organizations
  • Demonstrate maturity of faith in an application essay
  • Have an established relationship with a mentor prior to the summer institute

Upon Completion of the program and their capstone ministry project, students receive college credit from Taylor University

The program involves three components:

Explore: Ten full days of training and education.

  • Mornings are spent in academic inquiry concerning contemporary challenges, led by theologians and trained staff.
  • Afternoons are focused on local service, community building, leadership development, and one-on-one mentoring between the student and his or her mentor.
  • Evenings engage students in practices of Christian faith through prayer, worship through music, and Scripture engagement.

Encounter: Two service-learning and leadership opportunities set up as three-day immersion experiences take place at partner sites and through outdoor experiential learning venues. These opportunities provide practical application of learned theory.

Engage: In collaboration with their mentors, students will prepare, practice, and critique a series of lessons or a ministry project, which they will carry out in their home congregations.