The Student Leadership Project

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

Dates: Session One: June 21 - July 1 and Session Two: July 12 -22
Hosted By: Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., North Park 
University in Chicago, Ill. and Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pa. 

The Student Leadership Project (SLP) is a program of discipleship and leadership development for 50 committed Christian high school students who graduate in 2016 and 2017. 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, ability, 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 612-414-8157,, Sophia Cox at 443-326-4192 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..


Seven of the 10 days will be at Christian Colleges. Session One will be at Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan and North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Session two will be at Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   SLP participants will live in dorm rooms with other SLP students. The last two days of each session will be spent at camps or retreat centers near the college sites 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 College Campuses. Mission and service projects will be part of the experience as well as time for sightseeing and recreational activities in the host cities.

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, Grand Rapids and Philadelphia, 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

Students will fly to Grand Rapids, Michigan for session one and to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for session two, SLP staff will meet students and drive them to their 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 $750 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.


Session One will be Directed by Lyn TenBrink, Capernaum Midwest Divisional Coordinator. Session Two will be directed by Sophia Cox, Multi-Cultural and Urban Divisional Coordinator. They 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

All applications will be accepted December 1, 2015 - April 1, 2016. Qualified candidates will be selected on a first come basis beginning January 1, 2016.

You can download the following SLP forms OR fill out forms online. Online forms preferred.

​Downloadable Forms ​Online Forms  (preferred)

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

  • Vern's Email:
  • Vern's Phone: 612-414-8157
  • Vern's Mailing Address: Young Life, 2800 Wildpines Lane, Stillwater, MN 55082
  • Sophia's Phone: 443-326-4192​