“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
As a church, we believe deeply that we cannot stop investing in the future, even in the midst of challenging economic times. Because of the faith, vision, and generosity of many members, 15 young men and women interns were hired to join the staff and be trained with leadership skills in our teen and campus ministries.
Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant because you are young. Instead, be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life.
1 Timothy 4:12
Young leaders have the ability to be difference makers and have lasting impact. The interns began to make positive changes as they played a major role in running middle and high school teen camps this year. This year’s camp was also noticeably different because many teenagers decided to make decisions to change and to pursue a personal relationship with God.
“It was inspiring because younger guys who haven’t really led before had to step up and lead as counselors. It pushed us to grow,” said Christian Trifforiot, a student intern from Contra Costa County.
Up until a few years ago, parents used to run middle school camps. Dylan Coyne, a student at Santa Clara University, felt it made a huge difference to have college students and professionals be camp counselors instead. She said, “You could feel like people related to you and have recently been through what you’re going through. You have people to look up to…when parents ran it, it was cool … but it helps to have mentors who can relate to you.”