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Simpson Youth Academy

Campus Ministry

The Simpson Youth Academy is a unique program on campus that allows rising high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith and prepare for college.

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.

Nominate Someone for the Simpson Youth Academy

Do you know someone that would be great for Simpson’s Youth Academy? Nominate them!

Simpson Youth Academy’s three components

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.

Am I right for this program?

Do you want to CHALLENGE yourself to analyze theological topics with college students & professors and relate them to public issues?

Do you want to SHAPE an intentional community with adults and peers committed to honest conversation?

Do you want to LEARN contextually by serving in the city of Des Moines, exploring issues like criminal justice, poverty and creation-care?

Do you want to EXPERIENCE different forms of worship at the Residency and in inter-faith excursions to other communities?

Do you want to DEVELOP your own beliefs and gifts to heal your community?

Then this may be the right place for you. 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

Simpson Youth Academy

Apply now for the Simpson Youth Academy


The application for the Youth Academy consists of personal and contact information, two letters of reference, and several short essay questions that help us get to know you. The priority deadline to submit applications is February 1, 2019. If all spots are not filled at that time, the secondary deadline will be March 1, 2019. There is no application fee. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact program director email Eric Rucker or call 515-961-1406. We look forward to receiving your application!