Helping teens reach new heights with Christ
Although children between the ages of 7 and 13 are our primary focus, we also have a teen program for those kids who have turned 14 but want to stay engaged at Youth Haven. ELEVATE is a discipleship program designed to help teens reach new heights with Christ. We help them identify where they are in their relationship with Christ, then encourage and equip them to grow and shine His light on others.
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.
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 Stephanie at either (517) 569-3328, (520) 466-3093, or . Teens will also have an opportunity to fill out a Cadet application at any of our Elevate retreats.
Captains (Junior Staff)
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 to serve as a Captain this summer, please click here.
"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