Meet Alexa-2018 AYTI Mentor

Alexa MennenHi! My name is Alexa, and I will be going into my third year of college. I am majoring in Biology and minoring in both Spanish and Studio Art. My favorite thing about Augsburg is that I have met so many incredible people and professors that continue to help and support me in any way they can. I am so excited to be a mentor this year once again because of the amazing experience I had last year during the AYTI week. I can’t wait to get to know more awesome young adults and help them have an awesome experience throughout the AYTI week!

Meet Mitchell-2018 AYTI Mentor

Hi! I’m Mitchell, and I’m from Saint Paul MN. I’m a Senior Theology and Public Leadership major.  My favorite thing about Augsburg has been the people I’ve met and gotten to study alongside. As well as studying Theology with Mary Lowe–as hard as it might be. A future goal I have is to go to seminary within the next few years. Last year I had such a inspiring time being a mentor for AYTI, and I can’t wait to come back this year.

 

Meet O’Quba – AYTI Mentor

O'Quba DuressaGreetings! My name is O’Quba Duressa, and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I just finished my first year at Augsburg University, studying International Business with a minor in International Relations.

Personally, my favorite thing about Augsburg is the community and engagement it has. A few of my future career goals include running a small business of my own or perhaps working with youth from different backgrounds. As a mentor at the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute I am excited to see the oneness and fellowship we will be having!

 

Meet Fidelina – 2018 AYTI Mentor

Fidelina Xinico MoralesHi, My name is Fidelina Xinico. I am an international student from Guatemala. After this summer I will be a senior double majoring in international business and economics with a minor in management information system.

My favorite thing about Augsburg is that there are so many opportunities for you to get involved in what you are interested and passionate about. As an Augsburg student, I have participated in different student organizations and also have this amazing opportunity to be a mentor for the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute in 2017 and 2018. I have also been one of the AYTI Ambassadors for the academic year. These experiences have taught me that it is important to have a balance in your life. And AYTI has been helping me to do so by strengthening me mentally and spiritually.

I am excited about AYTI 2018; I will see you soon!

Meet Destyn- 2018 AYTI Mentor

Destyn LandHi! I’m Destyn Land, and I’m from Saint Paul (Rondo/Frogtown Neighborhood). I’m currently a Junior here at Augsburg and I’m majoring in Communication Arts and Literature (Secondary Education Teaching Licensure). Augsburg is a place where everyone feels connected. It’s the kind of school where you will see your Dean of Students casually walking around campus, and sometimes even the President of the institution. Due to being at a smaller school, you get to build so many meaningful relationships with a diverse group of people. After graduating from Augsburg (2019), I hope to be a junior high or high school English teacher. After teaching for awhile I would like to go back to school and work with programs that are dear to my heart like Genesys Works, TRiO, Act Six, and College Possible.  I’m so excited to learn, to be challenged, and to grow with you all as we explore our faith this summer!

Best,

Destyn

Meet Lidiya – 2018 AYTI Mentor

Hi! My name is Lidiya Ahmed, and I’m from Ethiopia. I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Space physics and Mathematics. Augsburg has given me the opportunity to learn more about vocation through multiple experiences. I couldn’t think of a place better than Augsburg to do my undergraduate degrees as I aspire to interact with people, work on community-based projects and learn about what’s outside of my research lab in order to impact people’s’ lives. I believe that scientists should serve their communities through science and service and I am glad that I get to do what I believe in as an Auggie. I will be pursuing my Ph.D. in space physics after graduation from Augsburg, and I see myself as a research scientist actively involved in community work while conducting research at national laboratories.

I’m excited to be a mentor for AYTI this year and to share with high school youth what I have learned about being a light in the world. I am hopeful that it will be a time for all of us at AYTI to be equipped in every dimension so that we can continue being change agents and light in the world!

Learn more about AYTI and this summer’s theme at http://www.augsburg.edu/ayti/

MEET OUR AYTI AMBASSADORS – FIDELINA

Meet Fidelina, one of our 2017-2018 Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) year-round ambassadors.

 

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Hi, my name is Fidelina Xinico. I am an international student from Guatemala. My major is International Business, and I am a Junior. At Augsburg, I try to have a variety of experiences. For example: In my first year, I attended two organizations ISO (International Students Organization) and ALAS (Augsburg Latin American Students). These organizations helped me to adapt myself to a new environment. In my second year, I participated in the Christensen Vocation Internship Program, which gave me the opportunity to not only be in a professional place but also to learn about myself. I like that Augsburg has a small and diverse campus so you get to know a lot of people from many different backgrounds. I am excited to be an Ambassador for the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute and get to know more people.

More about the AYTI Ambassadors

Fidelina and Ian are working to share their experience and help connect youth and congregations with AYTI. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Theology Institute, or having our Ambassadors visit your congregation to share their experience, please contact us at ayti@augsburg.edu

Meet Our ACYTI Ambassadors – Hannah

Meet Hannah- One of our 2016-17 Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) Year-Round Ambassadors

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My name is Hannah Schmit, and I am a senior at Augsburg College. I am double majoring in Sociology and Religion with a minor in Biology.  I am originally from a small town in northern Wisconsin, so I like to take full advantage of all the things that life in the cities has to offer!  In my free-time I enjoy making music, hiking, exploring, reading, and crafting.  I am excited to be working with ACYTI because I believe in the program, and I cannot wait to share it with others!

 

More about the ACYTI Ambassadors

Peace and Hannah are working to share their experience and help connect youth and congregations with ACYTI. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Theology Institute, or having our Ambassadors visit your congregation to share their experience, please contact us at acyti@augsburg.edu

Meet Our ACYTI Ambassadors – Peace

Meet Peace, one of our 2016-17 Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute (ACYTI) year-round Ambassadors.
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Hello! My name is Peace Peter. I’m currently a second year here at Augsburg College. I’m a double major in communications and journalism.  I am a member of the Pan-African Student Union and I work in the IT-department.  I was born in Liberia and I lived in three different countries in Africa before I moved to the U.S.  In my free time I love to watch 90’s sitcom especially Full House and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  I’ve never eaten popcorn and my favorite American Food is Caesar salad. I am excited to work with the Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute because I am called to spread the word of God.

More about the ACYTI Ambassadors

Peace and Hannah are working to share their experience and help connect youth and congregations with ACYTI. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Theology Institute, or having our Ambassadors visit your congregation to share their experience, please contact us at actyi@augsburg.edu

 

Highlight Video from 2015 Urban VBS

This June, forty middle school and high school youth spent time at Augsburg for the third annual Collaborative Urban Vacation Bible School. They explored faith, community, and vocation while learning more about college. Ian McConnell (Augsburg alum, current Luther seminary student, and youth ministry intern at Redeemer Lutheran Church in N Mpls.) created a video to share about the experience. Enjoy!