The Student Leadership Project

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

2018 Dates: Session One: Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL June 19 - 29
                     Session Two: Philadelphia, PA July 9 - 19
                     Session Three: St. Paul, MN July 24 - August 3​
                     Session Four: St. Augustine, FL June 23 - July 3
Hosted By: Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI
​                    ​​​​North Park University in Chicago, IL
                    Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA 
                    Bethel Seminary and University in St. Paul, MN
                    Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL

The Student Leadership Project (SLP) is a program of discipleship and leadership development for 100 committed Christian high school students who graduate in 2018 and 2019. 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,, or refer to the detailed information below.


We will encourage each student in his or her walk with Christ, learning to think and live as a follower of Jesus. Our focus will be to provide participants with the experiences and tools that will foster this spiritual growth in all aspects of life – home, school, work, and preparing for the future. 


Seven of the ten 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. Session three will be at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. 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, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for session two, and Minneapolis, Minnesota for session three where 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.


The Student Leadership Project is supervised by full time 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

Apply early! Applications will be received between November 1, 2017 and April 1, 2018. Qualified applicants will be selected and informed on a regular basis beginning January 15.

Students can fill out online forms beginning Nov. 1, 2017. A staff recommendation is linked to each application.

Apply Now

Please contact Vern Hill for further information:

  • Email:​
  • Phone: 612-414-8157
  • Mailing Address: Young Life, 2800 Wildpines Lane, Stillwater, MN 55082