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March 07, 2016

How to Earn Credit with TeenPact


If you are a regular reader of our blog, there is no doubt that you will have come to realize that students around the country love TeenPact because of the life change that they experience and watch happen at every event. The presence of God is felt in worship, sessions, time spent in the Capitol, […]

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March 06, 2016

Jesus is Sovereign


TeenPact’s vision is “Changing Lives to Change the World.” We want to take the opportunity to share some of the stories of changed lives with you in a series of Student Testimonies.   This first installment comes from Luke Tribble, an Alumni student who attended the Arkansas State Class last week. Enjoy his testimony from the […]

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February 29, 2016

What Is Leadership? – Part II


TeenPact Founder Tim Echols wrote in his book, Real Citizenship, “We live in a culture that expects very little from young people. In fact, our culture presumes that teens will be disrespectful, disinterested, and irresponsible. Thus it follows that our culture generally ‘under-challenges’ youth.” TeenPact is counter-cultural in this way; we believe in the capacity of young […]

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February 15, 2016

Beyond My Comfort Zone


With a vision of “Changing Lives to Change the World”, here at TeenPact we would be remiss to not share stories of such life change. Below is the first of a series of student testimonies that will be posted throughout our entire year. This one comes from Tennessee student Hannah Freeland. We hope that her honest words […]

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February 08, 2016

Student Stories Needed!


his morning marks the official start of our third week of classes! Delaware, Tennessee, Indiana I, and Texas I have already hit annals of TeenPact history. This week, families are gathering at their state Capitols for Virginia I, Indiana II, Texas II, and South Dakota. We are so excited to hear stories of life change […]

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February 01, 2016

Our Core Values


Behind every ministry is a vision and mission. If you’ve been a TeenPacter for any length of time, you’re likely familiar with our vision statement, “Changing Lives to Change the World” as well as our mission to “Train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage the culture at a time […]

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January 25, 2016

Staff Training Recap – 2016


It is hard to believe that we have come here, to the start of our 2016 season! With the Delaware class kicking it all off this week, we hope you share our excitement for the months ahead as students in 41 states head to their State Capitols. We intend to train students to understand state government, […]

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January 04, 2016

Join Us In Prayer


Greetings from Richmond, Virginia!   As the first snow of the season began to fall this morning, our leadership team departed Richmond on a twenty hour road trip to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.   The 2016 year and TeenPact Season is finally upon us. When we arrive tomorrow we will begin a week of training with our 2016 […]

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December 24, 2015

The True Meaning of it All


Have you watched A Charlie Brown Christmas? It’s a personal favorite to enjoy every holiday season. All throughout the episode, Charlie Brown and his friends consistently misunderstand Christmas. At one point, Charlie Brown looks over at his friend Linus and says, “I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is all about.” Then in desperation he shouts, “Isn’t there anyone who […]

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December 21, 2015

The 2016 Alumni Track


In last week’s post, we focused on homework for first time students. Now, we turn our attention to the Alumni and the specific homework that is assigned to them before the class begins. (Note that many of the preliminary assignments are the same for both first time and alumni students, so be sure to read through […]

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December 14, 2015

Why do we have homework?


It is safe to say that all TeenPact students have their own…shall we say, style?…when it comes to conquering the pre-class homework. Some download the packet with glee as soon as they are registered in September, others find themselves scrambling to wrap it up early in the morning…in the car..on the ride to the Capitol. […]

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December 07, 2015

The Preseason Kickoff is Here!


As we approach the end of 2015, there is much to be grateful for. Last week, Quinton recounted many of these in his letter. We are thankful for the ways in which God continues to use this ministry for His glory and our good and we’re ready to look ahead and dive into another powerful season […]

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November 13, 2015

A Letter from the Director of Alumni Events


If you’ve been to a TeenPact State Class, you think you know TeenPact.   You’ve still only tasted a small portion of what TeenPact is and what we offer. Have you been to a TeenPact Alumni Event? If you have, you know what I’m talking about. There’s something about TeenPact that cannot be explained; it […]

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November 02, 2015

Founder’s Five Discount


Happy Birthday, Tim Echols!   TeenPact was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994 by Tim Echols. Mr. Echols had a vision to engage youth with Christian leadership values, training students to understand the political process and be actively involved in their community back home. We started with one class, now we have over 50!   TeenPact primarily serves families […]

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October 26, 2015

Get to Know the Office Staff


  From left to right: Johnny Leifheit, Serena Walker, Stephanie Shanks, Paul Martin, Pam Minyard, Peter Martin, Laurel Morton, Quinton Cools, Macaela Bennett, Lily Shanks, Aaron Watson     Two weeks ago, we had our annual Office Retreat in which all operational staff of TeenPact converged in Richmond to review the 2015 season and, more […]

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October 19, 2015

Under the Blanket of Stars


TeenPact’s vision is “Changing Lives to Change the World.” We want to take the opportunity to share some of the stories of those changed lives with you in a series of Student Testimonies.   This post comes from Rebekah Kazmierowicz, a student from Oregon who attended Survival East earlier this month. Her story mirrors many others of […]

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