Every church needs to send a few young leaders to Trailhead. Your students and your church will forever be changed.
Chap Clark, Fuller Theological Seminary
Like nothing I’ve seen before, Trailhead moves young people beyond a fragile, simplistic faith and equips them for a resilient, sustainable life of discipleship.
Mark DeVries, Ministry Architects
At Trailhead, you’ll explore how faith can guide your future as you attend college, pursue a career, and seek to make a difference in the world. In an on-campus summer residency and yearlong mentorship, discover some of the ways that faith, education, and work can be united in a life of significance.
Choose one residency session:
June 16-23, 2018 (one-week session)
June 25-July 6, 2018* (two-week session)
Year of Mentorship: June 2018-May 2019
Eligibility: Rising high school sophomores through seniors
*Two units of optional college credit are available for the two-week session (eligibility limited to rising juniors and seniors).
College preparation often feels like a process of hoop-jumping that leaves us exhausted and unfulfilled. But the future can be a journey of exploration. At Trailhead, we chart the territory ahead with curiosity, creativity, and openness to God’s surprising and delightful call on our lives.
Our culture encourages us to think about life as solitary and competitive. But God’s call is to the church, and not just to individuals. At Trailhead, we can be ourselves in community as we discover, worship and serve together.
The future’s a place we’ve never been—it can be intimidating. But as we seek God’s call, we grow in knowledge and gain mentors who are further along the trail. At Trailhead, we acquire the tools, experiences, and relationships we’ll need to persevere in pursuit of God’s call.
In an on-campus summer residency and yearlong mentorship, join a community of scholars, pastors, and other professionals in exploring God's call to a meaningful life.
Experience an intensive time of learning, reflection, and service at Westmont College and in the Santa Barbara area.
Through two mentoring relationships—one with Trailhead faculty and one with an adult in your church or school—begin building a community of support as you embark on your journey.
Westmont College, Fuller Seminary, and the Lilly Endowment are committed to cultivating a new generation of Christian servant leaders by partnering with churches and schools to support and extend your work with youth. Find out more about how your organization can be involved by downloading our Trailhead Partnership Packet.
We offer the choice of two residency sessions in 2018.
Our one-week session begins the afternoon of Saturday, June 16 and concludes Saturday morning, June 23.
Our two-week session begins the afternoon of Monday, June 25 and concludes before lunch on Friday, July 6.
Students graduating from high school in 2019, 2020, and 2021 (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) are eligible to apply.
Yes. For an additional fee, rising high school juniors and seniors participating in the two-week residency have the option of enrolling in "Christian Calling in Contemporary Society," a Westmont course that extends the Trailhead experience and earns two units of college credit. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
The cost for 2018 is $750 for the one-week residency (June 16-23) or $1,200 for the two-week residency (June 25-July 6). This cost covers all activities and meals on campus; students are responsible for travel to and from Trailhead. Limited financial aid is available for students with exceptional need. Please contact us for more information.
We are now accepting student applications and pastor/teacher nominations. Both an application and nomination are required, and we offer admission on a rolling basis until the program is full.
Program participants will live in a Westmont residence hall; a professional resident director will oversee undergraduate resident assistants who live on campus with students.