Emory Receives $600,000 Grant for Youth Theological Education


A $600,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will make way for a new program at Emory University geared toward connecting high school students to theology and faith.

Emory’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) will partner with Candler School of Theology to facilitate Emory IMPACT (Immersion in Meaningful Practices of Action, Community and Theology), a four-pronged approach designed to invite a wide range of Christian high school youth to deepen their spiritual lives and embody their faith in the world.

Bridgette Young Ross, the university’s dean of the chapel and spiritual life, will head the program.

Emory IMPACT will build on the success of Candler’s Youth Theological Initiative (YTI). Established in 1993, YTI has educated more than 1,000 youth from across the U.S. and around the world during its three-week Summer Academy, where participants wrestle with deep theological questions in a supportive community of peers and are taught by seminary students and Candler faculty.

Elizabeth Corrie, director of YTI and associate professor in the practice of youth education and peacebuilding at Candler, will serve as the faculty advisor to Emory IMPACT.