Through dynamic experiences, TeenPact seeks to inspire youth in their relationship with Christ and train them to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian faith, and engage the culture around them. “Changing lives to change the world” is more than a vision statement to us. It’s what we do every day.
At TeenPact, we believe students learn best by doing. That’s why our State Classes are comprised of focused hands-on leadership training. With classes offered across the nation and for students ages 8-19, young people will quickly discover how to embrace their call as the next generation of leaders through the unique tools, teaching, and opportunities TeenPact provides.
Our Alumni Events take students deeper in their relationship with Christ as they build lasting community and grow through intentional leadership training. While events activities range from meeting legislators on Capitol Hill to team building in South Dakota, the focus is the same – training students to be influential and servant-hearted leaders.
TEENPACT HAS CANCELLED REMAINING 2020 ALUMNI EVENTS
JUNE 5, 2020 AT 10:00 A.M. ET | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Due to the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic and reopening restrictions, TeenPact Leadership Schools has made difficult decision to cancel the remaining 2020 Alumni Events. The event include:
Back to D.C.
TeenPact sought recommendations from the hosts and leadership of each event in order to make a decision that would promote the health and safety of our staff and students.
At this time, we determined that it was unlikely that we would be able to host our Alumni Events in Virginia, Florida, and Washington D.C. with the current State guidelines prohibiting the gathering of overnight camps. Furthermore, would be unable to maintain CDC recommendations for continued social distancing in our Georgia and Tennessee locations. Lastly, State Regulations have limited many of our hosts from operating in the current and future phases of state reopening.
If you were registered for an event that was cancelled, please check your email for an update from CEO, Peter Martin, regarding transfers and refunds. At this time, there are no plans for virtual Alumni events.
As a ministry, we are disappointed and know that many students will keenly feel the loss. We are looking forward to resuming our events with the 2021 State Classes, and praying for those affected by the COVID-19 virus.
TEENPACT WILL HOLD VIRTUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION MAY 29-30, 2020
MAY 1, 2020 at 5:30 P.m. ET | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greetings TeenPact Family,
Although National Convention 2020 will not be held onsite at Lee University due to COVID-19, we are pleased to announce that TeenPact will hold a virtual National Convention May 29-30, 2020.
This two day virtual conference will provide you the opportunity to worship with other TeenPact students and families across the country, hear from several speakers, and watch the live returns for the 2020 National Elections.
More information about the virtual National Convention, including registration information and details about the National Elections, will be made available at end of day Monday, May 4. In the meantime, we invite you to visit the National Convention website for an overview of the event and National Elections.
if you have additional questions, please EMAIL OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM AT COMMUNICATIONS@TEENPACT.COM.
National Convention 2020 Has Been Cancelled
APRIL 2, 2020 at 11:00 A.m. ET | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greetings TeenPact Family,
Over the last three weeks we have been very busy here in the TeenPact office working to communicate and resolve many issues relating to the cancelling of our State Classes. We have been interacting with TeenPact families, camps, State Coordinators, Staff Teams, and many others. I continue to be grateful for the way the TeenPact family has responded to this crisis with patience, generosity, and peace. That makes our work so much easier and I thank each one of you.
At the same time we have been closely monitoring the various federal and state government mandates across the country. Based on our most recent evaluation, and with a heavy heart, I want to inform you that we are cancelling our 2020 TeenPact National Convention, scheduled to be held at Lee University in May.
Though we considered several issues, there were two recent decisions that led to this determination. First, over the weekend President Trump indicated that he supported the CDC guidelines to limit gatherings until at least the end of April. Knowing this challenge, we became increasingly concerned that decisions about attending National Convention could not be firmly made until early May, which would not allow you and your families much time to schedule travel arrangements.
Secondly, Monday afternoon Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an executive order, lasting until June 10, that requires us to stay at home except under certain limitations. Though we may travel to work, we must limit any gatherings to 10 or less. That would not allow us to bring the Program Directors, Interns, and National Convention Staff to Virginia for our preparation week before the event, or allow us to travel to Lee University.
In addition, Lee University is still evaluating their plans for summer activities and we have no guarantee that we would have been allowed to hold our event on campus. Our options were becoming increasingly limited.
The TeenPact Board of Directors unanimously supports this decision, as do the TeenPact employees. We are already planning a virtual National Convention, incorporating as many elements as possible. I am becoming excited about the possibilities for this type of event, though I know we will NOT be able to have a virtual Ultimate Tournament! We will provide details by May 1.
As is true for many of you, National Convention has a special spot in my heart, and has since 2007. National Convention was the first Alumni Event I attended, and it was at National Convention 2010 that I was installed as the TeenPact CEO. I have laughed at the commercials, raised my hands during worship, and cried tears of deep sadness and incredible joy at election results. I have stood on stage with other parents, with amazing co-workers, with my entire family, and all alone. I have felt at home with you all and I will miss that next month.
We will provide more information about the virtual National Convention by May 1, and we plan to be together in 2021, Lord willing. TeenPact has always belonged to God and we trust Him for our future.
Peter Martin TeenPact CEO
MARCH 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dear TeenPact family,
These past few days we have seen an outpouring of support from all around the TeenPact Nation as we made our decision to cancel the balance of the 2020 State Class Season. This decision affected those scheduled to attend one of 33 classes in 30 states. Your text messages, letters, emails, and social media posts have blessed all of us in the TeenPact Office and we have been sharing some stories with our remote employees, the TeenPact Board of Directors, and the 2020 Program Directors and Intern team. We are grateful for all the ways you have supported us and ask that you would continue to do so.
Our first priority this week has been to thoroughly communicate to those impacted by the cancellation of so many classes and about the transfer and refund process. Now that these communications are complete, we are moving to the next phases of addressing the current situation at TeenPact—potentially offering online classes and ways to help financially.
We have received many questions and suggestions about offering an online program. We certainly are considering some alternative options. Next week, we will be committing significant time toward evaluating options that maintain the key elements of TeenPact. Many have offered to assist in this evaluation, and I have asked Quinton Cools, Vice President of Operations to lead this project. He will be working closely with Serena Deloglos, Director of Staff Development to gather focused groups to assist us when we are ready.
Once the dust settles we also will begin planning for our 2021 State Class Season. I anticipate TeenPact to be in a much stronger position by this time. Aryn Young, Director of Events is leading a project focused on 2021 — scheduling dates, reviewing all curriculum, updating manuals, and so much more. We have additional time to prepare for the coming season and will look to plan accordingly.
The other issue that has generated many inquiries is our financial position. I have been working closely with Peggy Adams, Director of Development to develop a comprehensive fundraising plan to coordinate all the various efforts of our faithful supporters. You can expect to hear from us next week with specific ways to help. In the meantime, we know the need is great and we do have an immediate option for those interested in assisting right now. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to donate via the TeenPact website. If you are interested in making a donation, or if you have others that ask you how best to help, please refer them to teenpact.com/give.
I am committed to communicating with you all regularly during this time. Please feel free to reach out to me with your questions and I will either respond directly or pass along your question to a member of my team who will be able to respond.
Above all, I encourage you to keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus Christ and commit yourselves to pray. In Acts 1:14 we read these words: “All those with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” The next chapter tells us the result that about three thousand souls were added to God’s kingdom!
Peter Martin TeenPact CEO
All 2o20 State classes canceled
MARCH 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At this time, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the remaining 33 classes of the 2020 State Class Season. The newly cancelled classes are as follows:
North Carolina I
North Carolina II
thank you for your understanding. if you have additional questions, please review our covid-19 faq page for more information.
more updates coming soon
MARCH 16, 2020 at 6:15 p.m. ET | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We are grateful for the many expressions of support and encouragement we have received since our ministry made the difficult decision to cancel classes in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Since then, the President has declared a national emergency, multiple State Capitols and the U.S. Capitol have closed, and the U.S. Supreme Court has closed its doors to the public and—for the first time in over 100 years—postponed pending hearings. This is truly an unprecedented time in our nation and for our ministry. We are praying for the families affected by these events, and ask for your prayers for wisdom and the continued viability of our ministry.
If you were registered for a class that was cancelled due to COVID-19, please check your email for an update from CEO, Peter Martin, regarding transfers and refunds, sent earlier today.
Due to the fast-moving nature of this public health emergency, we will continue to provide the most up-to-date information here, as it becomes available. Please check back for more information.
3 weeks of classes canceled
MARCH 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Every day we are receiving more news and updates regarding COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. While the virus is of special concern to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, health officials and other organizations are currently taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus among the general population.
At TeenPact, we are regularly monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for information regarding how this virus spreads, its symptoms, and steps to prevent the illness. You can learn more on the CDC website as well at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.
All classes scheduled for March 16-20, March 23-27, and March 30-April 3 have been officially canceled. The following is a list of affected classes.
We will provide additional information to all affected registrants by the end of the day Monday, March 16, 2020 regarding registration transfers or refunds. Any additional questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, we plan to conduct State Classes and Alumni Events scheduled to begin on or after April 6. If additional limitations arise, we will strive to communicate any final decisions no later than two weeks before the beginning of a class with any and all registrants.
As a Christian ministry, we strive to be wise and discerning in our decisions, fully trusting God to provide for and protect us. I pray that we will continue to operate with our Christ-centered values and maintain a positive impact in our communities. We also encourage all to pray for speedy recovery for all those who have been or will be diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
Please expect another update by end of day Monday, March 16 with more information and answers to frequently asked questions.