Youth Leaders are students who have attended the summer YouthLeader conference, a 5-day workshop on Christian leadership. The purpose of YouthLeader is to empower young people in their service to their peers and the school community, as well as in their leadership roles throughout the rest of their lives.
Students who attend YouthLeader are primarily rising Seniors and come from various BMHS organizations, such as Peer Ministry, Student Council, and more. Students may apply to Youth Leader during the spring semester. For application information contact the Director of Student Life, Angela De Leonibus
In providing the YouthLeader experience, BMHS Student Life and BMHS Campus Ministry partner with the Center for Ministry Development (CMD), a national organization that works with youth and young adults to develop their leadership, spirituality, and awareness. CMD's description of YouthLeader is below:
YouthLeader is a team approach to Christian leadership formation for youth and adult leaders that integrates Christian spirituality and ministry skills. The purpose of YouthLeader is to empower young people for Christian leadership in Church and the wider community.
This program is based upon the following principles:
- The voice of youth must be heard if we are to announce the Good News to its fullest.
- Youth have gifts and charisms to share in leadership and ministry.
- Adults make a crucial difference in sponsoring youth as leaders by preparing the community and providing ongoing support.
- Youth who are striving to be young disciples deserve training and support.
These principles inspire this process of building leadership in teams of youth and adults. YouthLeader empowers youth, ages 15 and older, to serve as leaders in diverse settings including parish and school ministry teams and school or community leadership roles in student government, clubs, music programs, sports teams, and service organizations. This program provides a unique opportunity for adult leaders to learn and grow side by side with young leaders from their parish or school. In addition, adults will be equipped with skills and strategies for supporting youth leaders back home.