Lutheran Youth WNY is a youth ministry program and resource for 6-12 grade youth, and a resource for ELCA Lutheran churches in the Buffalo-Niagara region of Western New York. See what we are all about, and what guides our ministry.

ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

Our Program Coordinator, Abby Mandris will be the adult leader to accompany these youth to the summit!

Each synod is invited to send two high school leaders and one adult to the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held November 4-7, 2021 at the Marriott Downtown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you are a youth who will be in 10-12 grade in the FALL of 2021 you are welcome to apply for participation in this event. Please complete this form by August 13 in order to be considered as one of the youth who will represent the Upstate New York Synod at this event in November.


You will be informed by September 1 if you were selected to attend this event.

The promotional material describes the event in this way:

"The theme is, “Relentless” in pursuit of love, hope, trust, faith, and action. A theme which perfectly encapsulates the many challenges faced by young people and our church this past year.

"The 2021 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit will equip youth leaders through workshops, speakers, and other hands-on activities. The youth and adults will be challenged to take home what they learn at the Summit and inspire action in their own synods, congregations, and communities. Another priority of this event is to help these high school youth “look toward” their next faith community. We will invite staff from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, Lutheran Campus Ministries, Lutheran Colleges and Universities, YAGM, Young Adult Ministries, and a ELCA Military Chaplain to share how young people can connect after high school.

"The Youth Leadership Summit is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and partners with the Christian Community and Leadership Home Area, the CCL Mission Team, the SYMBOL Network, the ELCA Youth Gathering, the 65 Synods across the United States, ELCA Disability Ministries, and ELCA Ethnic Specific Ministries."

There will be no cost to attend this event. Participation is financially supported by the ELCA and the Upstate New York Synod.

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