At Trailhead, you’ll explore how faith can guide your future as you attend college, pursue a career, and seek to make a difference in the world. In a two-week residency and yearlong mentorship, discover some of the ways that faith, education, and work can be united in a life of significance.
Residency at Westmont: June 26-July 8, 2017
Year of Mentorship: June 2017-May 2018
Eligibility: Rising high school sophomores through seniors
College preparation often feels like a process of hoop-jumping that leaves us exhausted and unfulfilled. But the future can be a journey of exploration. At Trailhead, we chart the territory ahead with curiosity, creativity, and openness to God’s surprising and delightful call on our lives.
Our culture encourages us to think about life as solitary and competitive. But God’s call is to the church, and not just to individuals. At Trailhead, we can be ourselves in community as we discover, worship and serve together.
The future’s a place we’ve never been—it can be intimidating. But as we seek God’s call, we grow in knowledge and gain mentors who are further along the trail. At Trailhead, we acquire the tools, experiences, and relationships we’ll need to persevere in pursuit of God’s call.
In a two-week residency and yearlong mentorship, join a community of scholars, pastors, and other professionals in exploring God's call to a meaningful life.
Share two weeks of learning, reflection, and service at Westmont College and in the Santa Barbara area.
Through two mentoring relationships—one with Trailhead faculty and one with an adult in your home congregation—begin building a community of support as you embark on your journey.
Westmont College, Fuller Seminary, and the Lilly Endowment are committed to cultivating a new generation of Christian servant leaders by partnering with churches to support and extend your work with youth. Find out more about how your church can be involved by downloading our Church Partnership Packet.
Trailhead participants arrive the afternoon of Monday, June 26, and depart the morning of Saturday, July 8.
Students graduating from high school in 2018, 2019, and 2020 (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) are eligible to apply.
The cost for 2017 is $1,000, which covers all activities and meals on campus; students are responsible for travel to and from Trailhead. Limited financial aid is available for students with exceptional need.
We ask that all applications come through a pastoral sponsor, who can nominate students via this website. If you need help identifying a pastoral sponsor, please contact us. We’ll offer admission on a rolling basis until the program is full.
Students will live in Van Kampen Residence Hall, located in the heart of Westmont’s mountainous campus. A professional resident director will oversee undergraduate resident assistants who live in Van Kampen with students.