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Seeing our students graduate is a lot like seeing students drift off as they embark into a new unknown, like a message sent out to sea in a bottle. But what if there were practical things that we can do for the student so they don’t just drift off, but sail to a destination – to intentionally connect into community?

Are you passionate about the faith development of young adults who graduate high school and go to college or university? Do you want to find practical ways to help students successfully go from one chapter of life to the next? The NEXT initiative seeks to come alongside you so that together we can help those heading to post-secondary bridge a connection to future Christian communities.

Connecting Christian youth

We love to help your youth step into life at university or college by introducing them to Christian students there. Please invite them to fill out our Connect form and to follow the local campus community on our Find your campus page. 

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Life after youth group

The Canadian Hemorrhaging Faith study revealed that “transitions are often exit points (of faith) for young adults”. More recently, we learned from the Renegotiating Faith study that only 30% of Canadian youth workers have a plan for helping their students make connections with new Christian communities after they graduate. Yet for those who do, their students are 4X more likely to stay connected to the Church. This is a huge opportunity for us! 

We need to build partnerships with organizations and churches in these new communities that share our values and passion for the faith formation of our kids.

Sid Koop with Canadian Youth Worker Community

We would also like to offer you eight practical ways you can help prepare your graduates for their next life stage. Read this resource by clicking on the button below:

To receive resources, stories and encouragements, please subscribe to our NEXT newsletter. You will also find great content for your post-secondary-bound students! 

Connect with us

We want to equip you by pointing you to resources and events that help you assist your college/university-bound students connect with a Christian community. We’ll send out emails no more than twice a month and you can opt out at any time. Emails will come from NEXT@p2c.com via MailChimp.

Other helpful resources

Shift >> Enter Video Curriculum: The pilot episode can be used by the leader to help prepare young adults who are heading off to college and university.

The Mentorship Resource cards (in print and digital) offer a series of conversation starters designed to facilitate a relationship between a Christian mentor and a mentee who is transitioning into their next stages of life in post-secondary. Click below for FAQ and order details.

These seven blog articles are worthwhile for students or for someone who cares about students. Whether you’re helping a friend, your child, or a high school student you’re mentoring, your investment in their life matters.

3 myths I fell for in university

Busting these myths ahead of time can help your student walk out their faith journey in university/college. 

5 pivotal decisions you’ll face during your first year of university

Your students are about to enter a season of immense opportunity. How will they make the most of it? Thinking through these decisions now may help. 

Surviving transition, without transitioning out of your faith

Dallas, a youth leader, shares insight on how students can survive major life transitions.

Let’s deconstruct “deconstruction”

Do you know someone facing a “mid-faith crisis”? Help them know that they’re not alone, and encourage them to find answers with others. 

I almost walked away from my faith

This is Sarah’s story of re-framing her faith. Instead of deconstructing, she “renovates.” 

How to handle change

Transitions are naturally messy. Whenever change happens, a mix of emotions will inevitably ensue. Help your students navigate these emotions well.

How to help your child succeed spiritually while in university

Written from a parent’s perspective, this article has tips for anyone who cares for youth.

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For parents

You are on a journey as much as your child is as they head to university or college. Chances are, you’re looking for some insight, perspective, and help to continue preparing them for their next chapter. We hope this article written by parents will address and explore various questions, concerns, and challenges you have as a parent of students headed to college or university.

We hope that you will be reassured of three things:

  1. You are not alone
  2. It is never too late to prepare your child
  3. God cares about your child and you through this journey.
Brad and Silvia Thompson

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