The Student Leadership Project

"Developing spiritual leader​s for a​ multicultural world."

Dates: June 24 - July 3, 2014
Hosted By: Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

The Student Leadership Project (SLP) is a program of discipleship and leadership development for 50 committed Christian high school students who graduate in 2014 and 2015. It is aimed at students who have demonstrated leadership traits in Young Life, church, school and community.

We are committed to diversity in the make-up of the group —race, ethnicity, geography, church backgrounds, rural, urban, international and suburban communities. The students will be chosen by staff from recommendations of local leaders. We'll also have a variety of follow-up experiences over the next several years.

For more information, please contact Vern Hill at 651-430-1873 or Kim Graves at 616-437-0177 or refer to the detailed information below. 


We will encourage each student participant in his or her walk with Christ and to learn to think and live as a follower of Jesus. We will provide them with experiences and tools to be lifelong learners and followers of Jesus able to make good decisions regarding daily activities at home, school and work and also help prepare them for college or other paths.


Five of the 10 days will be at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. SLP participants will live in dorm rooms with other SLP students. Three days will be spent in Chicago, Ill. participating in service learning projects with a variety of non-profit organizations. The last two days will be spent at Tower Hill Camp on the shores of Lake Michigan near Sawyer, Michigan for reflection and goal setting.

Daily Activities

It's always different. There will be a variety of learning experiences that include teaching times, a service project, small groups, film and discussions, Young Life clubs, worship, personal reflection, discussions, fun times, etc. Every person, regardless of background, will find new opportunities and challenges for growth and learning.

During the first part we'll have teaching times and many other activities on/near the campus of Calvin College. The Chicago experience will include a mission project as well as some sightseeing and Chicago fun. Tower Hill Camp offers breathtaking beaches and scenery, great for reflection and relaxation.

Additional Activities

Will there be fun activities? Of course — this is a Young Life project! We'll go to beaches, restaurants, have some special fun experiences in Chicago and Grand Rapids, participate in camp-type games together, have Young Life clubs with singing, games, go on a hike and much more. We wouldn't dream of having an experience like this without lots of fun.

Transportation and Insurance

All students and leaders will fly to Grand Rapids, Mich., where SLP staff will drive them to our site. All local travel will be via charter bus or vans driven by Young Life staff drivers. Young Life will provide our normal camper insurance, but students will also need to have personal health coverage for illness or accident.


The total cost per student will be $700 plus airfare. Scholarships will be available upon application request for those in need. Most students will find that parents or local Young Life staff will be able to find individuals willing to donate frequent flyer miles for a plane ticket for those in need. All lodging, food, local transportation and activities expenses are included in this fee. Students will only be responsible for their own spending money on souvenirs and personal items.


Vern Hill, senior Young Life Area Director from Stillwater, Minn., is the project director. He will supervise other adult leaders who are Young Life staff and volunteers from around the United States. These leaders will also reflect the diversity of race, ethnicity, geography and church backgrounds.

Applications and Contact Information

You can download the following SLP forms:

Or you can contact Vern Hill or Kim Graves for these applications and further information:

  • Vern's Email:
  • Vern's Phone: 651-430-1873
  • Vern's Mailing Address: Young Life, 1151 Parkwood Lane, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • Kim's Phone: 616-437-0177​​​​​​​​​