Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp 2018

July 26-29, 2018

The Des Moines Area Religious Council and The Comparison Project at Drake University are proud to co-host the second annual Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp in 2018. 20 high school students representing a diverse array of religious traditions and communities will spend four days and three nights at Drake University, learning about each other’s religious beliefs and practices. Participants will:

  • create and share a digital story that expresses a personally meaningful faith experience, practice, or belief
  • visit different religious communities in the greater Des Moines area
  • discuss with each other the principles and practices of interfaith leadership

Each Interfaith Youth Leader will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation in the camp.

View last year’s digital stories.


“Working with the campers transformed my understanding of interfaith dialogue. Reading about different faiths in AP World History was completely different from seeing real people for whom these traditions were living faiths. Although we held different beliefs, by the conclusion of the camp we had come to recognize the similarities that bind us.” – J.J. Singh Kapur

Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp 2018 Application

  • Personal Information

  • Your Faith

    Please note: you do not need to be affiliated with a particular religion or faith community to be involved with Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp, this is just to provide us with a bit more information on your faith background.
  • Essay Question

    Please convey a personally meaningful faith experience, practice, or belief. Ideally, by identifying a moment in your life in which you discovered some insight about your religious tradition, community, or life.
  • Accepted file types: doc, pdf, docx.