Youth Leadership Team

What is Youth Leadership Team?

High school students in the Christian Church in Arizona and the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ have a unique opportunity to develop their leadership through practice, training, and education. This manual lays out expectations, rules, and a signed covenant. This handbook applies to both the Youth Leadership Team (YLT) and Adults in the Life of Youth (ALYs).

Purpose of Youth Leadership Team (YLT)

The Youth Leadership Team (YLT) is a ministry of the Christian Church in Arizona and the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. The main focus of this ministry is to develop young leaders within the two judicatories. These young leaders will develop skills to lead:

  1. Peers at youth and children’s events

  2. Local congregations

  3. The larger community

Throughout a Youth Leader’s time on YLT, it is the hope that they reach several milestones, takes leadership in annual events, and show leadership in their community and local congregations.

While there are some benefits for YLT, like college scholarships, the purpose of participation is not exclusively for the purpose of those benefits.


The YLT is a group of young leaders, and as such there are expectations of participation. Not only does this help with living out our mission and vision, but it teaches leadership.

  • To participate in the full ministry of the YLT.

  • To participate in the life and ministry of local congregations.

  • Clear and consistent communications with the YLT and ALYs.

  • Attendance, performance, willingness to learn and grow, and being a team player.

Camp Roles

While at camp, the YLT members are expected to take one of three leadership opportunities. The role that a YLT member takes on will be their main focus for camp, they may be asked to help in the execution of other things, but only if that does not conflict with their main focus. For example, if a Peer Leader is asked to help with the Talent Show, the Peer Leader can only help when they are not in Small Group.

  1. Activity Leaders

    1. Activity leaders are in charge of camp activities for the different camp age groups. This includes games, crafts, evening activities, etc.

Leadership Skills: Public speaking, high energy, quick and critical thinking, creative, instructional, organization and communication, especially under time and emotional pressure.

  1. Peer Leaders

    1. Peer leaders partner with an adult counselor to lead the  Small Groups for High School and Middle School Camps.

Leadership Skills: Spiritual leadership, leadership in small group situations and discussion, comfort with leading peers, listening, modeling of positive camp culture and expectations.

  1. Camper Leaders

    1. Camper Leaders work as partners with adult counselors in all aspects of the Sprouts and Pines camps, including living in the rooms with campers as assistant counselors.

Leadership Skills: Childhood development sensitivity, leadership with young children, teaching, patience, nurturing, trustworthy, high energy.

Covenant of Participation

All YLT participants, both youth and adults must sign this covenant. If there is a breach of covenant, a discussion will be had with regional and/or conference leadership and may result in the excusal from participation in YLT, and, if serious enough, all youth programming.

A covenant is a promise between people and God. Covenants are promises that we make that we hold with utmost respect and consideration.