Students do not attend Empower alone. Each student participates with a mentor with whom they have an established relationship.

Mentors participate in 20 hours of intensive training, in addition to Empower programming with their youth participant. Mentors help facilitate theological conversations and leadership development among young people.

Upon completion of the capstone project with their mentee, mentors will receive Taylor University graduate credit.

Selection of Mentors

ActSix, the Evangelical Free Church of America, the National Network of Youth Ministries, and Youth for Christ will identify key ministries and mentors in targeted areas.

Mentors will…

  • Be in relationships with young Christian leaders prior to the summer institute
  • Have an established process of identifying high school-aged leaders
  • Attend five days of the institute
  • Facilitate the mentee’s completion of his or her capstone project in a local congregation

Mentors attend program July 20-23