2022 Youth Leadership Summit


The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders and an adult representative from each synod.

Announcing the 2022 Youth Leadership Summit!

Gathering under the theme of “Beloved! No Matter What”, Nov 3-6 at Carol Joy Holling Camp in Ashland, Nebraska. Together we will learn peer ministry skills deepening our ability to share God’s love and grace through daily connections and living out the Samaritan story.

Who attends? Two youth in grades 9-12 and one adult per synod are invited to attend. Synods are asked to pay attention to gender, ethnic and ability diversity when selecting youth leaders to participate.

All lodging, most meals, and programming are provided by a gracious grant from the ELCA. Your synod’s responsibility is to provide the flights for the two youth and one adult attending from your synod, one meal while youth and their adults explore the city, and any incidentals they might incur during their travels.

The Youth Leadership Summit is a ministry of the ELCA and partners with the Christian Community and Leadership Home Area, the SYMBOL network, the ELCA Youth Gathering, 65 Synods across the United States, ELCA Disability Ministries and ELCA Ethnic Specific Ministries.

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2022 Youth Core Leadership Team Bios

My name is Conner Stephen McGaughey. I am going into my Junior year of high school, also known as the 11th grade. I live in a small town in Minnesota called East Grand Forks. A couple of things that I do with my youth group at my church are going on mission trips, cook meals, and helping out in events that are taking place at the church. I just recently got back from a mission trip in New Mexico where we built ramps for the elderly who were not able to get out of their homes. We painted landing zones for the hot air balloons to land during the big festival that is held every year. And we helped out at a homeless shelter feeding meals to the homeless. Being part of the YCLT group is important to me because it allows me to show my version of god and it allows me to give my version of god to others that may have a different perspective. God is an important part of my life because god is always there for me. Whether I am at the highest point of my life or my lowest point of my life. No matter what, God is always there. And that makes me feel safe.
God Bless,
Conner!

Conner McGaughey, East Grand Fork MN

Morley Schroeder, Madison WI
Hello I am Morley Schroeder, I will be a junior in high school this year and I am from Middleton, Wisconsin. My church is called St. Luke’s and the youth group at my church is a very tight knit community. This has allowed me to experience doing service work in many other communities! YCLT is important because it gives me the opportunity to spread the feeling of my youth group to other youth. God is important to me because he is always there for me no matter what.
My name is Katherine Stockstill. I am 17 years old and a junior in high school. I live in Moore, OK and attend University Lutheran Church and Student Center in Norman, OK. We have about 10 high school youth and we gather together several times a year to do service projects, explore our community, and just be together. I am also on the executive board for the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod’s Lutheran Youth Organization and we plan about four to five events a year for middle school and high school youth to attend where we do bible studies, service projects, and other fun activities. Being a part of the YCLT is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to connect with other youth from across the country which allows me to hear different perspectives and explore my faith through different lenses. God is important to me because he provides me with a sense of peace and community.
Katherine Stockstill, Moore OK

Teaghan Brostrom, Sacramento CA
Hi! I’m Teaghan Brostrom, a senior from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA. Fun fact = Sacramento is the capital of CA (we’re NOT near the beach and I unfortunately do not surf). I enjoy being an Assisting Minister and am involved with my youth group’s Peer Ministry. We spend every other Monday evening strengthening our faith and leadership skills. I am proud to be a member of the YCLT! I love being able to connect with youth all over the country and plan the Summit to inspire youth, just as the summit inspired me last year. God and my faith are huge parts of my life. I look for and find God in nature and the people around me – I strongly believe faith is strengthened through community.
Hi, my name is Sianna! I am from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and I am in 9th grade! I am a part of the Minneapolis Area Synod and attend Swahili Service Church in Minneapolis. Our youth group love to show our love for God through singing and dancing, and our similar cultural origin makes us an even tighter knit community. I think it is important to be a part of ELCA because the program helps me navigate my relationship with God and through that I can not only become closer to Him and also teach others to become closer to Him. God is important in my life because he is my safety net and he embraced me for who I am.
Sianna Obel, Eden Prairie MN

Vivine Langdon, Bel Aire KS
My name is Vivine Langdon, and I am in 12th grade. I live in Wichita, Kansas and attend Christ Lutheran Church. I have been with my youth group for as long as I can remember. All of the youth at my church have learned and grown together. Learning and discussing the faith with others has been of great value for my faith and life. Being a part of YCLT is important to me because it allows me to be a voice in the Church outside of my parents. It lets me be a leader for the youth who are often not heard. God has always been a part of my life and will always be. God has made it known to me that God is beside me whenever and wherever. I would consider God to be my best friend.

Caroline Davis (left), Lexington SC

Anika Smuts, Palo Alto CA

Lulu Semakula, Lino Lakes MN

Lydia Mencer, Howell NJ


Piper Swanson, Morris MN

Adult Leaders


Kris Bjorke, Brooklyn Park MN


Drew Tucker, Columbus OH

Camille Trott, Bermuda


Jay Kiel, Madison WI

Tyra Dennis, Los Angeles CA

Youth Core Leadership Team Position

Introduction

The Youth Core Leadership Team is composed of twelve high school youth from across the ELCA who have been identified as leaders in congregations and/or synods, and who desire the opportunity to dig more deeply into their own leadership and faith formation. Each year, twelve youth are invited to this team. A youth who has served for one year may apply to serve for another year on the team.

Purpose

The YCLT exists to provide leadership development opportunities for ELCA high school youth, they are equipped in skills like speaking, worship planning, small group training and peer ministry as they plan and lead the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit. They also serve as a focus group for ELCA Churchwide Ministries and are often interviewed and asked to serve on other committees and teams as the church strives to do ministry with youth more effectively.

Who Should Apply

Youth who apply should be engaged in their faith life and actively involved in a local congregation.

We seek applications from youth currently in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. We value diversity across race and ethnicity, abilities, gender, and geographic locale.

What to Expect

Youth can expect to be challenged to develop leadership skills and explore faith formation through a series of events and online activities each year.

Youth selected to serve on the team are expected to take the learnings from in-person events and online trainings back to their home congregations and synods to engage others with what they have learned and to encourage participation in leadership for this church in its three expressions.

All expenses for these meetings are covered by the ELCA. Youth will likely fly alone to these meetings. Youth will also meet monthly on zoom for leadership training and summit planning.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://elcayouthministry.com and complete the online application. All paperwork and references should be returned to Kris Bjorke, 6737 99th Ave N., Brooklyn Park MN 55445 by January 15, 2023 if you are not using the online documents. Those elected will be notified by February 1st, 2023.

Questions

Contact Kris Bjorke at Kris.Bjorke@elca.org or 773-380-2451

Online Application for Youth Core Leadership Team

Online Application YCLT Reference Form

Download PDF of the YCLT Position Info

Download PDF of the YCLT Application

Download PDF of the YCLT Applicant Reference

2021 Youth Leadership Summit


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The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders and an adult representative from each synod.

Youth will be challenged to take home what they learn and inspire others to action and teach others what they learned in their own synods and youth groups.

“UPDATE” The Summit is happening in PERSON in 2021!  Youth and Adults attending must be vaccinated. At the Summit we will also be following the most current CDC guidelines.

The Youth Leadership Summit is a ministry of the ELCA and partners with the Christian Community and Leadership Home Area, the SYMBOL network, the ELCA Youth Gathering, 65 Synods across the United States, ELCA Disability Ministries and ELCA Ethnic Specific Ministries.

All lodging, most meals, and programming are provided by a gracious grant from the ELCA. Your synod’s responsibility is to provide the flights for the two youth and one adult attending from your synod, one meal while youth and their adults explore the city, and any incidentals they might incur during their travels.

Who attends? Two youth in grades 9-12 and one adult per synod are invited to attend. Synods are asked to pay attention to gender, ethnic and ability diversity when selecting youth leaders to participate.

Contact us via email rachel.alley@elca.org for questions.

Registration is closed! The Summit was a success!

Summit Schedule

Invitation Letter to Bishops and Synod Staff

Welcome and Information Letter

PRE-SUMMIT EVENT for Early Arrivals

Vocation Discovery Event at Augsburg University

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 3:00 PM until 5:30 PM Central Daylight Time

Augsburg University
2211 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
United States

Augsburg University and the Public Church Scholars are thrilled to host high school students and their adult leaders who are attending the annual ELCA Youth Leadership Summit in Minneapolis.

We provide the transportation, you provide the curiosity! We’ll pick you up at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center Hotel at 3:00pm, bring you to campus for an experience complete with meeting students and faculty, a campus tour, and interactive activities focused on learning more about vocation. Then we will take you back to the hotel in time to check-in for the Youth Summit and have dinner at 6:00pm.

We can’t wait to host you!