Apply to Be a Student Leader for Be the Light 2020

We are looking for creative and diverse student leaders to facilitate the Be the Light Institute (BTLI) this summer. The Be the Light Youth Theology Institute at Canisius will consist of a seven-day residential experience with up to 25 high school students during the summer. The purpose of the institute is to provide high school youth with opportunities to explore their call to the faith that does justice both here in Buffalo and in their home community.


A typical day in the Institute will consist of: morning prayer, an immersion experience in the Buffalo community, an academic session on Catholic theology/Ignatian principles, a workshop co-facilitated by student leaders, an evening reflection, and an activity. Student leaders will live on campus with the BTLI participants, lead daily reflections, and assist with program facilitation.


The Be the Light Youth Theology Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.



-Must be a current Canisius student (first year through senior)

-Comfortable leading discussions and reflections and talking about one's own relationship with God

-Excellent communication skills

-Can work well with others and looking for new opportunities to develop leadership skills

-Willingness to engage with and experience Institute programming, including academics, immersions, and workshops


Leaders must be available for the following dates:

-Leaders Retreat (February 7-9)

-2-3 Spring Semester Training Dates (TBD)

-Institute (July 18-26)


Timeline for Application:

-Applications due by 5pm on November 15

-Interviews: Please sign up for an interview time on Christina Bakos' door (OM213)

-Decisions will be released December 13



Room and board during the Institute week

$500 stipend

Please contact Steve Chanderbhan at or Christina Bakos at for more information.


The application can be accessed here.