Our Vision

What we do

students rafting at FYI

Inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, The Francis Youth Institute offers high school students transformative experiences that enable them to see the connections between theology, ecology, and economics, empowering them to respond creatively and compassionately to contemporary ethical challenges as emerging leaders in their communities. Grounded in the Ignatian tradition, the program invites participants into a deeper relationship with God and to a new sense of the possibilities for serving God with their lives. By the end of the summer institute participants will have explored fundamental theological questions on the themes of creation and human dignity, developed spiritual and leadership practices grounded in the Ignatian tradition, and acquired a new appreciation for the interdependent character of the natural environment and the human community.