Youth Leadership


Raising Disciples in Urban Streets and Suburban Pews

At Hope for the Inner City, summer is filled with opportunities to plant, water and nurture tomorrow’s leaders in a Christian ministry setting.

  • School-age children like “Terrance” can improve their reading and math skills and discover their God-given gifts (Ephesians 4:11-12).
  • Young teens like “Kristina” can be discipled in the Christian work ethic and explore the possibilities of college (Colossians 3:23-24).
  • Older teens like “James” can be paired with a job site mentor and be transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2).
  • Church group leaders like “Kevin” can help their congregations and youth groups learn to identify with the urban poor (James 2:15-16).

Summer Enrichment Camp: (Ages 6-11)

Summer Enrichment Camp is a wholesome Christian environment for children ages 6 to 11. Each summer parents of school-age children like “Terrance” wonder what to do with their kids once classes let out. Many of them look to Hope. Here their children will have a safe place to play and learn while their parents are working or searching for a job. Volunteer teachers, coaches and mentors stay with the children all day, helping to maintain their reading and math skills during summer recess as they explore their God-given gifts (Ephesians 4:11-12). Daily activities include praise and worship, Bible study, study skills, arts and crafts, and sporting activities. Breakfast and lunch are served each day.

Summer Work Adventure Program: (Ages 12-14)

Summer Work Adventure Program is a unique leadership training experience for young teens ages 12-14. Parents will notice middle-schoolers like “Kristina” being discipled in the Christian work ethic and nurturing a joy for hard work (Colossians 3:23-24).

Teens will learn to establish good study skills, master the basics of banking and budgeting and participate in community service, as well as tour the local chamber of commerce and out-of-town colleges. Tuesdays are “professional dress day,” and teens will learn to fill out job applications and participate in mock interviews with local business leaders, who will help each young person to better understand why he was or wasn’t “hired.”

The summer culminates with teens creating original business plans in teams, which will be judged on content, presentation and likelihood of success.

Summer Job Placement: (Ages 15-18)

Summer Job Placement is real-world training where older teens, ages 15-18, are transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2).

High-schoolers like “James” are placed in a part-time paying job for about 20 hours per week and are assigned to a job-site mentor. Each teen receives one-on-one instruction in his job responsibilities as mentors monitor their work.

Fridays are spent at a local college campus for classes, recreational activities and lunch. Participants are paired with a student mentor who follows up with them throughout the week.