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, six youth are added to this team as six participants are sent out from the team to discover new opportunities for leadership.
The YCLT exists to provide leadership development opportunities to high school youth, to plan and lead the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit, and to serve as a focus group for ELCA Churchwide Ministries as they strive to do ministry with youth more effectively.
Who Should Apply
Youth who apply are expected to 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 ethnicity, 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 training 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.
Participation in a spring meeting,Thursday, February 28- Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the ELCA Lutheran Center in Chicago, an early fall weekend meeting Friday, August 30- Monday, September 2, 2019 at Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center in Asheville, NC and the Annual ELCA Youth Leadership Summit also at Lutheridge where the team will arrive on Wednesday, October 30 and the Summit will begin on October 31- November 3, 2019. All of these meetings are mandatory. All expenses for these meetings are covered by the ELCA. Youth will likely fly alone to these meetings. Attendance at monthly, two hour online meetings is also expected.
How to Apply
To apply, please complete the online application (see link below) and have your references fill out the References form (link below). You may want to download the application and reference documents to fill out before you fill out the online version. If you plan on sending in the paper versions, please be sure that they will arrive before the deadline. The deadline for all applications is January 15, 2019. Those selected for the YCLT will be notified by February 1st. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the application process.