Future First

Uncover and recover the inherent beauty, purity, and dignity of your identity as created by God.

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The Future First youth workshop is a two-day interactive experience designed to reveal your blind-spots and open up your perspective to the choices you are making today directly impacting the future you have coming.

It’s about coming alive to the gift you are to the world, and recognizing your uniqueness, and voice that only you can bring.

Future First is open to everyone ages 14 – 18
(18 year olds must have not started college)

Create Your Future Today

Training Structure

This two-day interactive workshop is designed to uncover and recover the inherent beauty, purity and dignity of your identity as created by God, and to experience confidence, responsibility and freedom through committed loving relationships with God and others. Through video, music, journaling, small and large group discussion, you are invited to deepen your own personal understanding of purity and God’s plan for a pure life as distinct from the drift that is so profound in our culture. Future First can be designed for either junior high, high school or college age youth.

The Workshop takes place over two days. Each full day begins at 9:00am and ends at 6:00pm. The second day there is a graduation for training grads, family, and friends to attend from 5 – 6pm.

What can you expect?

  • Discover your identity as created by God
  • Relating to responsibility for your own life and your impact
  • Increasing your confidence and furthering understanding of your own value
  • The benefit of maintaining neutrality
  • Exploring the power of forgiveness
  • Working with communicating honestly in a way that can make a difference with people
  • Exploring the conditions that are put on others and the conditions we put on ourselves

Training Elements

Mini-Lectures: The Trainer or participants may offer points of view about different subjects. Whether you agree or disagree is your choice. Be willing to discuss and explore your perspective with others in the group. The value will be in getting clear about what you really do believe and testing out how you stand for what you believe. The Trainer will speak about things that relate to a Christian’s life of love and forgiveness. The main standard to measure our relationships with is “love your neighbor as yourself.” It is a starting place, a foundation for us to learn how to live and love other people.

Sharing: Sharing is voluntary. Sharing can happen one-on-one, in small groups or with the whole group. All during the training you will have a chance to know yourself better by sharing, talking about what you are thinking, what you are learning and hearing about your own and others’ experiences. Just like in life, participation equals value! The more that you participate the more value that you experience and the more you create for others.

Small Group Exercises: You will, at different times, meet with a group of about 4-6 other participants for casual discussions or specific relational exercises.

One-on-One Interaction: In order to make progress, you may be asked to answer a number of questions, tell a story, complete sentences or take on a particular body position (like standing up). You will have an opportunity to see new solutions for the problems and issues that you struggle with and to support the other participants to do the same. Sometimes teens find this an intense or emotional experience. Please be honest about your feelings at all times.

Listening: To increase your ability to listen carefully and to discover how well you listen occasionally the Trainer will request that you close your eyes.

Interaction with the Trainer: At times you may be talking directly with the Trainer. The Trainer will challenge you to look at your life in terms of personal responsibility, to consider what prices you and others pay for your decisions, to consider where you play the “victim” and where you take responsibility for your choices. You may feel challenged, anxious and uncomfortable when looking at your life and your choices from other perspectives or working with things that you are not used to addressing.

Music: Music is an important part of the training. The music is adapted to many preferences and styles and is always thematic. You are encouraged to listen to the words as well as the tune.

Homework: During the evening you will be asked to complete written homework. The homework is designed to prepare and support you for the next phase of the training. It will usually take at least 30-45 minutes to complete each time.

Challenge: During the training all parts of your being will be engaged and challenged: intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. You may experience thoughts, feelings or sensations that are new or unique. This is an exciting learning experience that will include a high degree of personal challenge. Your participation is your choice. Think about the opportunity to confront your struggles, fears and limitations head-on and go for it!

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"I'm so surprised at how this training broke down my walls and opened me up."

Josh Garcia

"I found out that I really can connect with people after all, and that I'm not as alone as I thought."

Ivy Johnson

"I was able to share some secrets that I really needed to let go of, and I also learned that forgiveness is so important."

Jackie DeJulia

"This training makes me want to be a bigger person. It was such an eye-opener and it made me realize I am not alone."

Yessenia Favela