Empower partners with the following organizations to identify mentors and student participants.

Impact 922 Ministries

Impact 922 ministries trains and equips ministry leaders in ministry strategy and the empowerment of today’s urban leaders. Dr. Carrington, Impact’s president, provides training to mentors the five days that they join their mentees on campus.

Youth for Christ USA

Youth for Christ works with partners to develop followers of Jesus, characterized by a godly lifestyle, devotion to the word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. YFC identifies key cities and utilizes their established process for high school student leader development to recommend key adult mentors and students for the Theology Institute.

National Network of Youth Ministries

The National Network of Youth Ministries links youth workers for encouragement, spiritual growth, and resource sharing. They help mentors connect in an ongoing network in their home context.

Evangelical Free Church of America

The Evangelical Free Church of America seeks to cultivate space that sets the stage for what God wants to do. EFCA has over 300 multi-ethnic congregations and is developing equipping programs for small rural, volunteer-led youth ministries.

Shepherd Community Center

Shepherd Community Center seeks to break the cycle of poverty on the East side of Indianapolis, Ind., by empowering the community through a holistic, Christ-centered approach. Shepherd is a partner site for Empower’s Encounter portion. Shepherd provides a multi-day, immersive service learning opportunity that engages youth participants in Urban Ministry Teams. These teams participate in poverty training, cultural training, immersive relationship building, effective cultural ministry, and more.


Taylor has an ongoing partnership with Act Six to provide higher education access to urban youth in Indianapolis and Chicago. ActSix has expanded this partnership to recruiting specific mentors and teens for Empower.