What does it mean to be a servant leader, work as a team, and bring your full heart and faith into every aspect of your life? We are seeking young people who want to explore their faith more deeply, develop their potential as leaders, and discover how they can make a difference in the world. COYLI is a two-and-a-half year program, during which participants take part in three summer residencies:
- Students begin at Cathedral Ridge in year one to learn judgement and decision-making skills based in God and faith.
- In year two, participants venture abroad to explore Christian ministry in an unfamiliar cultural context.
- In year three students take part in a pilgrimage to make discoveries about what God is calling them to do in the world.
How to Apply
Eligible students are those entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall of 2017. To begin the application process, students are asked to submit a letter of recommendation from their rector. For more information, see the Colorado Youth Leadership Initiative Application. Questions? Contact the Office of Faith Formation for more information.
Colorado Youth Leadership Initiative – Year 1
Through team and individual challenges, students learn judgment and decision-making skills based in God and faith and how to apply them with compassion as servant leaders in the world. Team-building, spiritual practice, and exploration are central to this program.
Camp Dates for COYLI Year 1: July 16-22, 2017
Age: Rising 9th and 10th graders
Colorado Youth Leadership Initiative – Year 2
Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti
The leadership and spiritual challenge of COYLI continues in year two as we travel to St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti, for cultural immersion, relationship building, and servant leadership intensive. In partnership with the Colorado Haiti Project, we will continue to grow as leaders and a team as we explore Christian ministry in a different cultural context. This program is open to students who participated in COYLI – Year 1 last summer.
Dates: June 12-19, 2017
Requirement: COYLI – Year 1 participation in 2016
Colorado Youth Leadership Initiative – Year 3
Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage
The leadership and spiritual challenge of COYLI culminates in year three as we travel to Spain for a pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago. The Way as it is popularly called is one of the oldest Christian pilgrimage routes in the world. We will continue to grow as leaders and a team as we explore Christian ministry, servant leadership, and what God is calling us to do in the world. This program is open to students who participated in COYLI – Year 2 in 2016.
Dates: June 20-July 3, 2017
Requirement: COYLI – Year 2 participation in 2016