The Summer Leadership Project (SLP) is a 9-week summer training opportunity designed to help college students grow in character, leadership and professional skills, and their walk with God.
Students from Lindenwood University (LU), Saint Louis University (SLU), Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), Truman State University (TSU), Washington University-St. Louis (WUSTL), and others.
May 26th - August 1st.
$1,800 (which includes lodging, 2-3 dinners each week, and project materials. This does not include parking)
The application must be completed by April 1st, 2017
A Summer to Grow...
You will receive personal attention to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ in small groups and project-wide meetings. These opportunities are designed to help you learn how to study the Bible better, memorize God’s word, pray, interact with others and build Christ-like character.
A Summer to Invest...
If you make the decision to attend in the Summer Leadership Project, you will be making a lifetime investment! The returns you will see will greatly benefit you personally, others around you, and the entire world!
A Summer to Build Relationships...
You will be able to live, work, grow and have fun with other college students from other campuses in the St. Louis region who have a desire to deepen their walks with God. Social and group activities are all a part of the summer plan.
A Summer to Share Your Faith...
You will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively share your faith through weekly evangelism training times. You will also get a chance to share what you learn with people in the community and in the workplace. As you attend a local church you will be able to minister there as well.
A Summer to Work...
During the weekdays you will work a job. Working will allow you to build relationships, develop professionally, gain work experience and provide the finances for you need to attend the Summer Leadership Project. If you raise financial support for the project, you will still be required to work a job.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Denver?
Unfortunately, transportation is not provided to Denver. If students are able to drive, we would like to recommend that they do so (parking will be available for $2.50 a day). This will ensure that there are an appropriate number of vehicles at the SLP. Additionally, students who book early are usually able to find inexpensive flights and transportation from the airport.
Who leads the SLP?
The SLP is lead by Campus Outreach St. Louis staff and student leaders.
Are there payment options for the SLP?
Yes, for students who are not able to pay upfront, we have a weekly “rent” plan ($180/week). However, $180 is required upon completing the SLP Commitment Form (which you will receive after applying). Checks can be made out to Campus Outreach and there will be credit/check card options available.
Am I allowed to leave the SLP for family trips?
In order to ensure healthy future relationships with our employers, we ask each of the students to make plans and sacrifices to not leave the SLP. There are exceptions for family weddings, funerals, and military personnel.
Where will we be staying while at the SLP?
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel - 1550 Court Place, Denver, Colorado 80202
What is the cost of the SLP?
The cost for the SLP is $1,800 which includes 9-weeks' lodging, 2-3 dinners each week, and all project materials. This does not include other meals, parking, and gas. Each student will work a job to help cover the costs of the summer. Depending on the job, you will use about 90% of the money you earn to cover the total expenses. You may also raise money to cover your expenses. The particulars on how to raise money will be provided to you once you have been accepted.
Can my family come and visit?
Absolutely! We highly encourage you to invite your family to take a summer trip to Denver. Additionally, we have designed a Parents’ Weekend (June 23rd-25th) in which you will have extended free time, less work hours, and a program intended to welcome parents and expose them to the SLP. There are a limited number of rooms set aside for Parent's weekend at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel for a reduced rate. Families may call the hotel and request rooms from the "Campus Outreach Room Block."
Who is the SLP sponsored by?
Campus Outreach St. Louis is an interdenominational college ministry. The Campus Outreach staff are under the authority and supervision of The Journey Church in St. Louis, MO.
Information for Parents
Your child’s safety is one of our staff team’s primary concerns. We are duly aware of the safety challenges associated with living in a downtown area and have taken necessary precautions to cultivate a safe environment for students to grow. (See 2017 SLP Policy Form in the "Downloadable Forms" section )
A centerpiece of the SLP is ensuring that each student works a full-time job. This is so each student can make money, but also so that each student can grow in his/her leadership development and apply what they are learning in a real life environment. There are only a few places in the United States where we can be guaranteed this type of employment opportunity, and Denver, CO (in conjunction with Elitch Gardens Amusement Park) meets these criteria.
Why live in a downtown area?
As mentioned above, a critical component of the SLP is ensuring each student works a full-time job. Denver provides ample opportunities for students to work including Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, internships in various industries, etc. Unfortunately, there are limited housing options in these cities, especially during the busier summer season. A downtown area is one of the only places that has the space to handle such a large group as ours. We work hard each year to negotiate the best possible prices for our students while also staying in a place that we feel is safe and enjoyable for SLP attendees.
Why 9 weeks?
We feel nine weeks is the perfect length of time for a summer project. It gives the student around 4+ weeks at home while also giving him/her ample time to develop in his leadership, and to grow spiritually. Often times at a week-long church camp, a person may return home on an emotional high. We do not seek for students to make emotionally driven decisions, nor to come back home merely riding an emotional high. Rather, we want to see students make gains in character growth, initiative-taking, leadership skills, social aptitude, professional development, and in owning responsibilities. We believe that nine weeks is enough time for a student to truly take substantial steps in these areas.
Can we visit our son/daughter?
Absolutely! Feel free to come down at any time during the summer, but we have designed a Parents’ Weekend (June 23rd-25th) in which your child will have extended free time, less work hours, and a program intended to welcome parents and expose them to how their child has been growing at SLP. Please make plans to join us for this fun weekend in Denver! More information will be on the way once your son/daughter applies to the SLP.
Questions or concerns-
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact this summer’s SLP Director, Michael Parrett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Athletes in Training
Strength and Conditioning:
Each athlete will be required to participate in a daily- supervised strength and conditioning program. The coach of the student athlete must approve all programs.
Position and Skill Work:
Each athlete will have required time perfecting his or specific position and skill.
Each athlete will be given intentional opportunities to grow in leadership on and off the field.
AIT works alongside the SLP to help students grow in their relationships with God through Bible study and discipleship.
***AIT is open to all scholarship and/or varsity athletes (all others must be approved).