Elevate Teen Program

Elevate is designed to help teens reach new heights with Christ. So what does that mean? It means helping them identify where they are in their relationship with Christ, then encouraging and equipping them to grow and shine His light on others. It also means providing them with opportunities to serve God and share His love with children who need Him.

Youth Haven Teens


Teens who are 14-15 years old and who have completed (at least) 8th grade may attend any of our ELEVATE retreats. Our goal with these teens is to focus on personal and spiritual growth, through Bible study and mentoring from our staff.

Youth Haven Cadets - Teen Volunteers


Teens who are 14-17 years old and who have completed (at least) 9th grade may apply to become Cadets. Cadets are invited to attend any of our ELEVATE retreats and to serve during weekend retreats throughout the year. Our focus with Cadets is to help them deepen their walk with Christ and shine His light on others. This is designed specifically for those teens who:

  • Demonstrate an active and growing faith
  • Live out their faith in their daily lives
  • Have a desire to serve with the children
  • Are willing to work hard in selfless and compassionate ways

The children look to our teens as big brothers and big sisters, and being a positive role model to them is an incredibly important role! It's a fun and rewarding way for teens to grow closer to God and serve Him, while developing leadership skills, gaining volunteer hours, and making a difference in the lives of kids in their community!

To receive a Cadet application, please contact Tina at either (517) 569-3328, (520) 466-3093, or teens@youthhaven.org. Teens will also have an opportunity to fill out a Cadet application at any of our Elevate retreats.

"When I first came here, you accepted me, talked to me, took care of me, and all the fun stuff. I never had people like that around me, that's why I feel like home every time I come here. Thanks for being with us in our moments of sadness and happiness... It makes me really happy to come out here and be able to spend time with you guys and the other kids. Youth Haven is like no other place, where I can feel like home. Thanks, to all Youth Haven, with sincere love." - Arizona Cadet

Youth Haven Cadets - Teen Program Assistants


Teens who are 16-17 years old and who have completed (at least) 10th grade may apply to become Captains. Captains are invited to attend any of our ELEVATE retreats and to serve during weekend retreats throughout the year. Captains also serve as Teen Program Assistants during the summer. Youth Haven Captains should demonstrate all of the same qualities as the Cadets, as well as:

  • Able to relate well to children and staff
  • Demonstrate a desire to work as part of a team

Their focus is serving God and sharing the love of Christ with the Youth Haven children.

To fill out an application, please click here.

Youth Haven Captain with Children

"Wow has this place changed me! My faith was tested by my willingness to serve the kids and be so selfless for God! I am so blessed to be able to call Youth Haven a home away from home! I am blessed to have found so many great friends! I am blessed that God called me there! Love you all and thanks for the impact you have made on my life!" - Michigan Captain