At the Simpson Youth Academy we believe that young people have power and gifts that are essential for the healing of the world, not just in the distant future, but now. Grounded in the Christian tradition and utilizing resources from the United Methodist Church, we are an ecumenical community of youth and adult mentors who explore deep faith-related questions and take action, in order to equip youth to live into their callings as agents of peace and justice in the church and world.

The Simpson Youth Academy’s Three Components:

(1) The Summer Residency:

In the summer of 2019, SYA gathers a diverse group of rising high school juniors and seniors for a ten-day community experience of Christian theological education on Simpson’s campus. Through worship, service, and reflection, we want to help you ask difficult questions about God and explore different ways to answer them. The Residency will give you an opportunity to learn alongside current Simpson College students as well as college professors.

(2) Ongoing Mentoring:

For nine months following the Residency, you will be matched with a local pastor or community leader with whom you meet regularly for a year, continuing to be supported and challenged in your faith journey. Likewise, through online and in-person reunions, you will continue growing and learning with your peers from the Residency.

(3) Year-end project:

In the spring of 2020, you and your and your local mentor will plan and implement a project related to worship or service, aimed at making a real impact for good in your own community.

Click the tabs on the left of your screen to explore more details about SYA!

If you want more information about the Academy, or would like to receive updates about the application process, please contact program director Eric Rucker at 515-961-1406 or eric.rucker@simpson.edu