Goals & Vision
EnvisionPDX strives to empower youth to navigate and envision bold solutions to complex challenges facing their generation, and generations to come, by connecting Christian faith with action.
Through spiritual inquiry and theological reflection, students will develop a deeper moral and ethical understanding of the issues facing their communities, and the world beyond their physical touch, through discussion and mentoring with educators, peers, parents, spiritual leaders and community members.
While exploring intersections of theology and social change in a community-based academic setting, students will be encouraged and given resources to develop skills in coding, employing technology for social impact, social entrepreneurship and solving challenges using design thinking which will strengthen their leadership capabilities.
Student participants will be able to earn college scholarships and potential college credit through their continued participation.
All EnvisionPDX students will take part in theological exploration, service opportunities, and academic & spiritual inquiry during deep dive project pathways which will lead them to create tangible and hands-on solutions to the social issue confronting them.
The EnvisionPDX 2017 theme, “Mental & Emotional Well-being: Bringing My Whole Self to the Table”, will encourage students to explore questions like:
- What are my beliefs about mental/emotional well-being and what experiences, messages, and communities have contributed to these beliefs? How do these beliefs cause me to act?
- How might concepts such as grace, faith, and compassion actively support mental & emotional well-being?
- How might Christian faith communities actively support mental & emotional well-being?
- What might it mean to love myself and/or my neighbor in times of mental and/or emotional turmoil?
- What might it mean for God to love me in times of mental and/or emotional turmoil?
EnvisionPDX offers three unique tracks, all designed to immerse students in hands-on and collaborative project work, applying their discoveries about Christian theology and social change directly into action:
- Freshmen: App & Game Design using Pixel Arts Game Education.
- Sophomores & Juniors: Social Justice Community Projects using Project Breaker.
- Seniors (beginning 2018): Specially designed Leadership Development course for college credit.
Tucked into Concordia’s Portland campus, EnvisionPDX students will be guided, challenged and inspired by community and faith leaders who are experts in vocational fields that are of interest to the student.
Mentors with experience in Business, Health Care, Education, Social Work, the Arts, and Church Ministry will build relationships with students and challenge you to examine your personal experiences, interests, and purpose as it relates to leading at the intersection of faith & social change.
Through mentoring, students’ personal growth and development will flourish, uniquely preparing them to lead and collaborate with faithful communities to solve social issues with compassion throughout their lives.
EnvisionPDX is made possible through a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family - J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli - through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grant-making is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.