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Experience life on Capitol Hill with like-minded peers from all around the country. This event is designed to provide you world-class leadership and political training through a partnership with the Leadership Institute, while exposing you to the sights and sounds of our nation’s capital.



Back to DC was our very first alumni program in TeenPact. Every year, students from all around the United States choose this as their opportunity to experience our nation’s capital. This is a fast-paced, week-long experience where you’ll see Washington as never before!


TeenPact Back to DC will take you onto Capitol Hill and through the halls of power as you brush shoulders with great leaders, visit historical landmarks, and learn how to make your own impact.


Through our partnership with the Leadership Institute, we bring you top-notch training in political philosophy, activism, and campaigning. You’ll even use these tools to run an energetic mock Presidential campaign.


Add these elements to our legendary monument tour and worship in the heart of the city,  you’re signing up for an experience that could only happen at TeenPact.


Anyone who has attended Back to DC can tell you that this experience is a highlight among TeenPact events. Mark your calendar and plan on joining us in our nation’s capital!


Contact Information

Johnny Leifheit, Program Director - [email protected]

Aryn Rozier, Administrative Director - [email protected]

2024 Back to DC

  • Arlington, VA October 2-7, 2024
    Students: $539.00 Parents: $439.00
Program Director Johnny Leifheit Event Director Chris May

For those driving

Please arrive at the Leadership Institute between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2. Please plan to leave by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7. If you are interested in organizing a carpool, you can contact us by emailing [email protected].



For those flying

Book your flight into Reagan National (DCA). Please arrive between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2. Plan to depart after 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7. TeenPact Staff will meet you at your baggage claim when you arrive. Please wear a TeenPact shirt to help us find you. We will deliver you back to your ticketing counter for your departing flight.


Note: Any flights arriving after or departing before the time frames listed above will not be accommodated without direct permission from the Administrative Director, Megan Nelson.


The Leadership Institute

Participant lodging will be split between two locations at Back to DC, the Leadership Institute dorms and a local hotel that accommodates our additional rooming needs. All registrants will receive an informative email prior to the event with specific details about what to bring.


The Leadership Institute:

1101 North Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201


There are a few local parking garages nearby, as well as street parking. TeenPact will not have any reserved parking in this downtown location.


For questions about housing accommodations, please contact Aryn Rozier at [email protected].



  • Bible, notebook, pen, reusable water bottle, flashlight
  • Enough money to buy yourself lunch on 3 days (casual dining, like Subway, Chick fil A and McDonalds).
  • Comfortable walking shoes – both professional and casual. It is a big city and we walk a lot. Please – don’t neglect this.
  • A snack to share at Coffeehouse
  • Wallet or purse to carry passes, schedules, ID’s, etc.
  • Photo ID (if you have one)
  • Umbrella and jacket, in case of inclement weather
  • Laptop or tablet (optional, but recommended for campaign exercises)
  • Extra money for souvenirs, sight-seeing, etc (optional)
  • Money for the TeenPact Store (optional)




  • DO NOT BRING any sort of weapon; we will be going through a lot of security checkpoints.
  • Remember, this is a media free event. Please leave mp3 players, laptops and the like in your bag or at home.


Students and chaperones should plan to dress primarily in casual attire for the event. Please bring two days of Professional Attire to wear on Thursday and Friday mornings. Please review the TeenPact Dress Code and bring both casual and professional attire in accordance with these standards.


There is no homework for this event!


TeenPact Back to DC is an incredible experience for students and chaperones alike. We structure Back to DC in such a way as to allow chaperones to experience our nation’s Capital alongside their students. Chaperones will join tours with their students in a “Travel Group” and will experience all of the sights and sounds together. Chaperones at Back to DC are asked to serve as an adult presence at one of our housing locations (dorms and hotel) and will be housed with their students. In addition, chaperones may be asked to assist in leading students on tours to various locations, helping the Staff Team to keep the students together when traveling around the city, and supporting meal preparation if needed. We provide support and resources to make navigating the city much simpler and are always happy to come alongside our chaperones to make the week a success for everyone involved. Because of the number of students at this event, the navigation of the city, as well as the housing logistics, we are often in need of more chaperones for the event. If you’re interested in joining us for Back to DC, register today!