Called to the Common Good
High School Youth Theology Institute
June 3 - 11, 2017
WHO AM I?
WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?
WHERE AM I GOING IN LIFE?
Do you ever ask yourself these questions and wonder how you can use your gifts to make an impact? Are you interested in issues like poverty, hunger and the environment but not sure how one person can make a difference? Do you want to focus your Christian faith as a resource for making the world a better place?
If you are in 10th or 11th grade and answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider applying to Called to the Common Good: High School Youth Theology Institute.
High school students currently in 10th or 11th grade.
Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 11, 2017
Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. The institute includes a three-day retreat at Camp Kinard. This is a residential academy; students will live away from home throughout the nine-day program.
- Engage in hands-on activities, spiritual inquiry and fellowship with other high school students
- Thoughtfully reflect on your beliefs about God, self and community
- Learn how to create positive change in the communities and causes that are important to you
- Design a project that will benefit a community in need
- Develop leadership skills
- Enjoy a three-day retreat at Camp Kinard where you will plan how to take what you have learned back to your home church and community
- Learn from Newberry College Religion professors and undergraduate students
- Live in campus housing at Newberry College with undergraduate students trained to serve as academy counselors and peer mentors
$150 enrollment fee
The one-time enrollment fee covers all meals, lodging (including a three-day retreat at Camp Kinard), instruction, activities and materials. You are responsible for travel expenses to and from Newberry College. Check with your home church for possible assistance covering your enrollment fee and other costs.
Apply for the Program
Candidates for the program are nominated by a mentor. Ask your faith leader, pastor, church youth minister/director, school principal, teacher or guidance counselor to submit a nomination.
Mentors are welcome to submit multiple nominations for candidates they believe would benefit from participating in Called to the Common Good: High School Youth Theology Institute.
Why Should I Attend?
“You will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
– Michelle Obama
Called to the Common Good offers a unique introduction to the college experience and the chance for you to actively work with communities to address critical problems such as poverty and hunger. The program also promotes diversity, teamwork and leadership. You will gain pre-professional experience from completing the program along with a deeper understanding of faith and the role that religious study can play in defining life goals.
Residential summer programs similar to Called to the Common Good typically cost $3,500 per student. Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Newberry College is able to cover all but the $150 enrollment fee.
Called to the Common Good will be held immediately after the school year ends, leaving the majority of the summer free for you to pursue employment or other opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Called to the Common Good?
Called to the Common Good is a nine-day residential youth theology institute that brings together a cohort of high school students who will work together with Newberry College professors and undergraduates to learn about how the Christian theological tradition can be a resource for looking at moral and ethical challenges facing the world.
Who can participate?
Any student who is currently in 10th or 11th grade may by nominated. Called to the Common Good will accept up to 24 candidates who demonstrate church and community involvement, thoughtful reflection on social issues, and interest in community service, religious study and leadership.
When and where is the institute?
The High School Youth Theology Institutue will be held Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, June 11, 2017, on the Newberry College campus in Newberry, South Carolina. This is a residential program. Students will live away from home in a Newberry College residence hall for the duration of the nine-day institute.
How much will it cost to attend?
The enrollment fee is $150. This one-time fee covers six days of on-campus housing at Newberry College, a three-day retreat at Camp Kinard, instruction, activities and materials, and all meals for the entire nine-day program. Attendees are responsible for travel expenses to and from Newberry College. Home congregations of accepted candidates are encouraged to assist with the enrollment fee and other costs.