This grant supported the activities of the Youth Theology Institute at Emory University for a three-year period beginning 1999. Founded in 1993, the Youth Theology Institute (YTI) is a four-week, residential, ecumenical summer academy for seventy-two high school seniors from across the country. YTI seeks to impart Christian theological education for youth through its program design at several levels and has the following aims for its attendants.
(1) Youth will be encouraged to ask tough theological questions within the church.
(2) Youth will be guided in exploring quality theological literature, including classics of the Christian faith tradition.
(3) Youth will learn specific skills on how to read and interpret the Bible.
(4) Youth will learn how to engage, analyze, and address public issues from a Christian theological perspective.
(5) Youth will join adult participants in shaping and being accountable to a residential covenant community.
(6) Youth will learn a variety of ways to worship together as an ecumenical group, including worship will local Christian congregations and other religious communities.
YTI also seeks to share its experiences with youth formation with a wider audience through research activities focusing on youth ministry education. The ongoing activities of YTI are featured on its web page: http://www.candler.emory.edu/RESOURCES/YTI/index.htm