MN Student Statesmanship Institute is a unique hands-on biblical worldview and leadership program for high school students.
The summer 2017 program will feature both legislative and media tracks. Students are given opportunities to role-play as state legislators and journalists, receive biblical worldview teaching, and are surrounded by Christian leaders, teachers, and mentors who invest in students academically and spiritually. The real-world simulations and dynamic, faith-filled environment combine to develop leadership skills, build Christian character, instill purpose, and equip young people with highly relevant life-skills.
Student Statesmanship Institute prepares teenagers to embrace their role as Christian disciples and leaders through fun-filled, stretching, real-life experiences!
Leaders on the Horizon
The SSI program was developed in the mid-90s by James Muffet and other Michigan team members whose vision was to train the next generation in statesmanship, citizenship, and biblical worldview so that students could be equipped to apply biblical principles to the world in which they live.
When Tom Prichard of Minnesota Family Council went to Michigan in 2013, he saw the SSI summer camp in action and was struck by the unique and dynamic experience it offered students. Upon returning, he felt we needed to bring SSI to Minnesota.
Culture in Minnesota has increasingly deviated from biblical principles. The Minnesota Family Institute believes that a key element in restoring a culture’s society is raising up biblical, Christian leaders with godly character who are equipped to be leaders in their families, schools, professions, and work world.
SSI is a catalyst and spark that serves to engage students and shift their focus toward serving God in every facet of their lives!
The Way to Learn is to DO!
The SSI-MN program is rooted in the idea that the best way to learn something is to do it under the guidance of professional coaches. These experiences launch students into action as they utilize critical thinking, teamwork, strategic planning and public speaking in an engaging, competitive environment.
Breaking the Curse of Low Expectations
In an article about marketing to young people, Justin Layfield wrote, “Don’t expect students to do too much.” Sadly, this often reflects society's low expectation for young people. One teacher in Michigan felt that his students would have trouble handling the rigorous requirements of the program. However, after seeing his students challenged through SSI, he saw them rise to a whole new level, saying, “One thing is certain. We are not demanding enough from these students!”
The SSI experience drives students to engage at a level far higher than our culture thinks they are capable – and students LOVE it!
Young People Need and WANT to be Challenged
It is amazing to see the consistent response of teenagers when they are presented with a vision bigger than themselves and are challenged to step outside of their comfort zone. Yes, there is an initial reluctance, but that is followed by an incredible sense of exhilaration after accomplishing much more than they believed they could.
To cultivate desire in young people to discover God’s design, purpose, calling and destiny for their lives.
To help these young people develop a comprehensive biblical worldview in order to apply God’s eternal truths to every area of life.
To impart knowledge as relevant for our everyday world and not just confined to personal spiritual matters.
To inspire young people to be godly leaders in their generation.
SSI Faith Principles
- The Bible is the inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God.
- There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- The Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God and the Savior of all humanity, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life culminating in His vicarious and atoning death through His blood, bodily resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand of the Father. He will come a second time at the end of this age.
- Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation, which is by grace, through repentance and faith in what Jesus did on the cross.
- It is the present ministry of the indwelling Holy Spirit that enables the Christian to live a godly life.
- There will be a resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- There is a spiritual unity of all true believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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What are STUDENTS Saying?
"It was a very fun week full of laughter, learning, leadership and discipleship.” -Alec, 14
“I learned the Lord can turn anyone into a leader.” -Jake, 17
“SSI has been one of the absolute greatest experiences of my life! It has challenged me in my walk with God, and has taught me how to be a leader in my circles of influence, and stand up for what I believe in!” -Matthias, 18
“It was a lot of fun. I meet so many cool people and learned a lot.” -Abenezer
“Amazing, life-changing, unique, impactful. . . . Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity!” -Christine, 17
“I was challenged to really think about taking my relationship with Him seriously, not just this week, but going forward too." -Kara, 17
“My dad talked me into coming, next year I’m going to talk my dad into letting me come!!” -Shaohannah, 14
“I learned to use my influence well because people look up to me whether I like it or not.” -Seth, 17
“I was challenged through my commitment to the Lord and believing that He completely changes lives.” -Alec, 14
“I learned even more about how God can draw to himself people from absolutely any walk of life, and can use them, and accomplish amazing things through them. I was challenged to give up my own plans for my life and be willing to go anywhere and do anything God wants me to.” Matthias, 18
“It was so fun! I really liked it!” -Kaylie, 14
"Amazing people, challenging bills, and growth in Christ!” -Annie, 17
“I was challenged by how little I know about [God] and would like to work on that...I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this but it surprised me the people were so great. Met amazing friends. So thank you for all you did. Thank you!" -Samermet, 18
“I loved it!! Super fun and very engaging.” -Liz, 14
“What didn’t I learn?! This was an awesome and unforgettable week!!!” -Shaohannah, 14
What Are State LEADERS Saying?
“We are a government…by the people and for the people, but it comes out of the people first of all. Our young people need to be prepared for that.”– MN Senator Mary Kiffmeyer
“From what I saw today SSI… [is] a must in Minnesota.” – MN Senator Dan Hall