Youth Theological Initiative

Candler School of Theology Youth Theological Initiative

Unlocking the theological imagination of young people


Candler’s Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) provides opportunities for youth to explore theology and its real-world implications in a space that welcomes students from all different walks of life—and welcomes their questions and their voices as part of the process. It is a center for research and teaching dedicated to the theological education of youth, empowering teens to be equal partners in transformative theological work, effect social change, and foster inclusive community and lifelong friendships.

YTI offers a variety of programs for high school students, including workshops, travel seminars, online programs, and a residential summer academy with Candler students as mentors.

Learn more about each opportunity below or on the YTI website.

students standing at a sign that reads SELMA

Praying with our Feet

On this travel seminar to Alabama, visit important sites of the American civil rights movement and unpack what its history can teach us about taking action today.

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YTI students standing in front of a lighthouse in Northern Ireland

Journeys of Faith & Reconciliation

This international travel seminar to Belfast explores Northern Ireland’s transition from violence to peaceful negotiation and applies its lessons to our U.S. context.

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YTI summer academy students standing with mural at National Center for Civil and Human Rights

YTI Summer Academy

A two-week residential academy on the campus of Emory University, where student scholars live in a diverse and inclusive community while exploring theology and social justice.

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students and mentors talking during a YTI workshop

Custom Workshops

YTI can host a customized workshop at your school or church to fit the needs of your group. Our goal is to demonstrate how theology can empower you to transform your life and the world.

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