YMCo Mission Scholar Program

The Youth Mission Co Mission Scholar program is a year-long intensive program for 10th-11th grade youth who are interested in diving deeply into mission, service, the root causes of social injustices, and discernment regarding God’s call in their lives.  The program includes mission immersion experiences in 3 different locations (Asheville, NC, Raleigh, NC, and Memphis, TN) as well as regular volunteering in the place where they live. This applicant would be part of a cohort of students who would participate in the program together.  

Mission Scholar Program Overview

Description:  A year long “deep dive” into mission and personal discernment for a select group of high school youth from around the country.  

Participant Profile:  A 10th or 11th grade youth who is passionate about serving and wants to engage in a deeper understanding of mission, the root causes of social injustices, and God’s call in their life to address these issues.

Focus areas include – 


        • on topics such as homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, healthcare, and other social concerns.
        • on the root causes of these issues, their history, and the systems that perpetuate them

Experience:  Working among those who are marginalized and working within agencies supporting them in the contexts of

          • Asheville, NC
          • Raleigh, NC
          • Memphis, TN
          • the participant’s home context

Theology:  A deep and ongoing study of Scripture including God’s call to support and stand with the marginalized.

Discernment:  Of God’s call in the participant’s life to help marginalized and oppressed people,   including exploration of the participant’s field of study, vocation, and life goals


          • With other mission scholars from across the country
          • leaders of community agencies (locally and nationally)
          • Community organizers and theologians
          • the Youth Mission Co staff, including Rev. Bill Buchanan, Executive Director

Program Elements:

An initial summer week of Mission Immersion with their fellow mission scholars from around the country at one of our program locations. (Asheville, Raleigh, or Memphis) led by the Exec. Director of YMCo and other staff.

Monthly zoom meetings with the Executive Director of YMCo and fellow mission scholars, including special guest speakers and planned discussions.

Ongoing mission engagement in their own community throughout the year, as determined in a mission immersion plan set at the beginning of the process.

Monthly meetings with a designated local advisor to debrief and discuss their local engagement.

A creative project that the scholar chooses and develops through the year which describes their experience, learning, and growth.

A “long weekend” of mission immersion with their fellow mission scholars at one of our program locations (Asheville, Raleigh, or Memphis) led by YMCo Staff.

A Mission Presentation that they would develop throughout the year focused on a particular issue (homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, etc.) that would include their personal experiences engaging in this issue, the history of this issue, the systems and dynamics that perpetuate the issue, keys to solving the issue, and their theology related to the issue.  This would be a presentation that would be given in their home context as well as to their fellow scholars.

A closing summer week of Mission Immersion with their fellow mission scholars at one of our program locations.  (Asheville, Raleigh, Memphis)

Mission Scholar Program Application Form

Mission Scholar Program Reference Form