Dig is a 3-week program for students who have completed 11th and 12th grades. The purpose of the program is to help youth explore their callings, and to enrich and deepen their faith by interacting with seminary students, professors, and a mentor.
After being admitted into the program, all students will receive a complementary book that will help to prepare them for the program. Upon arrival to Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, students will complete a personality, gifts, and career inventory called jobzology. A session with a career counselor will help students to interpret their results.
Next, participants will experience classes with professors, daily worship and small group discussions, as well as day “field trips” and a weeklong stay in an urban ministry site. These activities cover topics such as understanding the Bible, engaging in interfaith dialogue, missions, and how to love your neighbor who is different. Last year, day trips in Grand Rapids and in our excursion cities included visits to a bi-lingual church plant, urban farm, social action think tank, art and culture museums, a ministry site for people who are homeless, a mosque, and a lake Michigan beach. Throughout this time, students interact with adults who are living out their vocations in a range of setting. While on campus in Grand Rapids, students will live in the Calvin College dorms. By the end of the program, each student will leave with a clearer sense of their gifts and skills and an understanding of how God can use them to meet the needs of the world.
After the program ends, participants meet with an adult mentor of their choosing for four months to continue the learning and reflection as participants return home or leave for university or college. Both the participant and the mentor will be provided with materials to help guide their mentor/mentee meetings.