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Called to be Co-Creators:
You are enough right now!

July 12-17, 2020

This summer, we will look at many ways the world views teenagers and construct a theological way of understanding what it means to be a youth. We will explore sites around the Twin Cities that will help you develop a deeper appreciation for how unique you are and how God is calling you to be a co-creator.

How to Apply

The Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) is an annual summer program for high school students. AYTI offers young people a chance to connect with others as they practice place-based vocational discernment connected to a specific theme.

As we learn, listen, pray, and play on the Augsburg campus, in the neighborhood and the city, we will wonder together about how God is calling us into the world for the common good.

What is AYTI?

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Student Journals

Following every Youth Theology Institute, students share about their experience through essays they construct related to the particular theme. The essays are compiled into journals to be resources for the wider community.

"Church is not a simple place of religion and redemption to me, but a place and sense of community, to come together in our differences and diversity to become one in God's eyes."
-Peter Mckenzie


"Though it may not be an obvious commonality, queer people, Jesus, and communion are all connected by the notion of hybridity and the idea that hybridity applies to each of them."
-Kye Hobart


Student Journals

Youth Theology Institute Journal

Children, Youth, and Family Ministers

We want to work together with you in order to support you as you build up leaders in your communities.

 Lois Campbell

"It gave me hope in the next generation of Christians. You hear all the time about how God hates, but at the camp I was just surrounded by people ready to debunk that and love everyone. Overall, the experience was something I wish everyone could experience."

Lois Campbell

2017 Participant

Ollie Kalthoff

"I loved meeting new people, trying new foods, and learning about new theologies and ways of thinking/viewing the world. Those new experiences meant a lot to me, and getting to do it with a great group of people was even better!"

Ollie Kalthoff

2017 Participant