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.
It all started a bright spring day in 1993 when TeenPact founder, Tim Echols, was at the Georgia State Capitol participating in an early morning prayer meeting. As the group said “Amen” that day, Tim shared the vision God had been laying on his heart to start bringing young people to the capitol to learn more about the political process. The idea for a dynamic, hands-on leadership experience for Christian students was met with wholehearted agreement and the name TeenPact was suggested.
Eighteen students met in the Georgia State Capitol for the first class in the spring of 1994. The next year, they brought back the outstanding students to “staff” the following class thus laying the foundation for TeenPact’s iconic peer leadership model.
An instant hit, TeenPact began to quickly spread to other states. A South Carolina class was added in 1995 and now twenty-five years later, TeenPact State Classes can be found in forty-five states.
Today, 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.
A Timeline of TeenPact State Classes
Alabama, Florida, & Kentucky
Mississippi & New Mexico
Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, & Virginia
New Hampshire, Oregon, & Texas
Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, & Wyoming
Arizona & Arkansas
Idaho*, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, & Washington
Connecticut & Tennessee*
Michigan, Pennsylvania, & South Dakota
Delaware, Kansas, & Wisconsin
California, Minnesota, & Vermont
Idaho, New Jersey, & West Virginia
*Classes were discontinued for a short time and then reopened this year.