We invite rising high school juniors and seniors from across the nation and from any denominational tradition to apply for a year of learning, service, worship, and fellowship that begins with a week of intentional Christian community on Duke’s campus followed by a year of online community engagement, theological education and reflection, and mentorship.

2015 Youth Academy:
Residency: June 14 – June 20
Academy Completion: July 2016

Student Applications

Applicants must complete the online application, including very short essays and letters of recommendation. Applicants will also be responsible for gaining the commitment from a member of their community (a youth leader, pastor, teacher, or other) to serve as a community mentor.

Please note that a $25 application fee is required and is non-refundable; the fee must be paid by credit card online. The deadline for guaranteed financial aid consideration is March 15, 2015; however, applications will be accepted through the end of March.



Financial Aid

DYA tuition and room and board is valued at $4,000. Every accepted student receives a scholarship from Lilly Endowment Inc. valued at $3,050. Students are responsible for the remaining $950 of tuition fees and any travel expenses they may incur. Full and partial need-based financial aid is available.

Every student who completes the DYA application will have an opportunity to apply for optional financial aid.

2015 DYA Financial Aid Application (pdf)
2015 Estimated Expenses (pdf)

Community Mentors

A community mentor is an adult from the young person’s congregation, school, or community who commits to serving as an advisor, conversation partner, and supporter throughout the year. Community mentors will be included in some aspects of the online life of the DYA community and will help the young person translate the conversations and reflections into their context.

Community mentors can be youth leaders, pastors, teachers, lay volunteer leaders, or anyone else committed to the spiritual formation of the young person.  

The community mentor has three basic tasks:

  • Meet with the student once during each DYA quarter (a total of 4 meetings) and hold them accountable to the milestone goals and implementation of the Practices Project.
  • Participate in the monthly lectures and readings in order to help the student reflect on the material in a contextual way and to integrate it into the student’s Practices Project (estimated commitment of approximately 1-2 hours of work each month for the mentor).
  • Celebrate the journey with the young person in the congregation and community upon completion.

Community mentors will receive support and online training from the Duke Youth Academy.

Staff Applications

Each year, the DYA invites gifted and passionate college and seminary students, pastors, lay leaders, and youth pastors to journey with 40 high school students through the Duke Youth Academy. During January and February, we hire approximately 15 adults to serve as the DYA staff, including mentors and ministry apprentices.

Applicants must complete the application, including a resume and short-answer questions, via e-mail by February 21, 2015.


Staff Descriptions

Applications will be available soon.

MACP Degree Program

Students pursuing the M.A.C.P. degree will walk alongside the Duke Youth Academy to learn from the academy’s model of Christian formation. They will use the opportunity to reflect together on the implications of DYA practices for their own ministries, to continue discerning their own calling to ministry in the congregation, and to experience the transformative power of intentional Christian community with the students and staff of the DYA.

For more information, contact M.A.C.P. Director Jeff Conklin-Miller.