Christ in Youth Addresses Mental Health

By Leigh Harper, August 20, 2018

For the past 50 years, Christ in Youth has produced events for age groups ranging from preteens to college students, offering the events during different seasons in tours across the country.

Believe, the CIY weekend event for junior high students, travels between 10 and 15 venues in states ranging from Oregon to Florida. Believe weekends include speakers, worship, video presentations
and games.

“Since Generation Z is nicknamed ‘screenagers,’ we’ve found it’s important to create high-quality videos for their events,” says Communications Director Chris Roberts of CIY. “Fun is also a thread in anything we do with junior high, but it’s all on the foundation of God’s word.”

Roberts explains that as his team brainstorms content and themes for their events each year, they seek input from youth leaders on subjects that will resonate.

“We’re always asking youth pastors: ‘What’s going on with your students? How can we set you up to have biblical conversations?’” he says.

The input he received for Believe this year was that teens are feeling disconnected, isolated and anxious, thanks in part to adverse effects of social media and violence across the country. CIY decided to respond by dubbing this Believe installment the “With” tour.

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