MYLE2015 Multicultural Youth Leadership Event

MYLE 2015 is now at capacity and can no longer accept registrations. Thank you for your interest.
We look forward to hosting you in the future.

July 12 – 15, 2015
Theme: Love Does (Mark 12:30-31)
Location: Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
Cost: $175.00 per person, includes housing and meals

The Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) is a pre-event to the ELCA Youth Gathering and exists to empower young people of color and those whose primary language is other than English to claim their story as a part of God's story; in order to move toward healing and wholeness as transformational leaders in the church and in the world.

MYLE is specifically for high school youth and adults from communities of color and/or communities whose primary language is other than English. Congregations who have 20 percent or more of young people of color and/or those whose primary language is other than English are also invited to attend. The event will be held on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit and will begin at 5pm on Sunday, July 12, and conclude by noon on Wednesday, July 15.


MYLEThe 2015 MYLE planning team is excited to announce that MYLE will be held at Wayne State University July 12-15, 2015. Congregations attending MYLE will be housed at Wayne State for both MYLE and the Gathering. This is a change from last cycle. In New Orleans in 2012, congregations were housed with their synods and MYLE participants changed hotels after MYLE ended. In 2015, the unique layout of Detroit makes synodical housing assignments difficult. The planning team has taken many things into consideration as preparations are being made regarding the needs of MYLE congregations.

Moving MYLE to a college campus affords congregations with a financially feasible option for their housing throughout the Gathering. The cost of housing a group at the university versus hotel housing is significantly cheaper. Congregations will also have access to on-campus dining options throughout the course of the two events.

MYLE participants will be housed in dormitories that assign two, three or four people to a room with a private bathroom. Each participant will have their own twin bed. The MYLE meeting planners will make every effort to house congregations together. 

Wayne State is significantly closer to Ford Field and the Convention Center, central gathering spaces. Participants who drive will also have parking on campus for the duration of the events. 

Wayne State University also offers MYLE participants another view of Detroit. MYLE participants will be using the campus facilities and the program will allow us to partner with local leaders who will shed light on the history and culture of the fabulous city that is Detroit. 

More information will be forthcoming to those who register for MYLE. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us at

Important note for adult leaders attending MYLE

The MYLE planning team is excited to announce that MYLE 2015 will be hosted at Wayne State University. This decision was made because the event leaders wanted to provide an affordable housing option for the youth and their adult leaders attending MYLE and the ELCA Youth Gathering and to provide a unique atmosphere that would introduce youth to campus life. Many changes have happened recently with universities across the country in regards to safety and security following major scandals and gun violence. It is now common practice that any group bringing young people to stay on a university campus must provide criminal background checks of adult leaders to university officials.

We recognize the implications of this reality and want to communicate clearly to our MYLE adult participants the process and information that we have received from Wayne State. The MYLE budget will cover the costs of the background checks and the ELCA meeting planners will facilitate this process. Results of the background checks will remain confidential with the ELCA. The Rev. Stephen Bouman, executive director of the churchwide organization’s Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit, which houses the Youth Gathering and related events,  has written a letter to all MYLE adult leaders addressing this issue and sharing his thoughts. You may find the letter by clicking here. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this process, please contact Rozella White, MYLE staff advisor here.

Event core values

  • Culture is celebrated. Participants will experience an inclusive community that seeks to build understanding and appreciation of the various cultures and ethnicities that are a part of this church.
  • Leaders are formed. Youth and adults will learn about the issues in their communities and how to affect change by learning from and serving alongside brothers and sisters in the Gathering city.
  • Identity is claimed. Participants will be encouraged to uncover their story and live out their God-given calling in the world.
  • Faith is deepened. Youth and adults will explore the intersection of faith and life and how our faith calls us to act justly in the world.
  • Friends are made. Participants will connect with peers who are looking to build relationships and have a good time.

About the theme – Love Does

Love Does, the theme for the 2015 MYLE, is based on Mark 12:30-31. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus shows us through his life that love is an active force. “People baptized, Spirit driving, demons cast out, sins forgiven, outcasts welcomed, disciples called. Healing, preaching, feeding, always feeding — all are the beginning of the Good News and in the end examples of a love that claims, celebrates, calls and ultimately rises.”

As we picked this theme, we knew that the place where love is activated is important. It is a place where often there has been death but as God's faithful people we look again and again for the rebirth. The place of welcome and the place of acceptance are found in places like Detroit where people rise every day. Life is renewed and a God who loves us enough to walk along side us is ever-present.

During MYLE 2015 young people will connect every day to what Love Does ...
  • Love Does Bind
  • Love Does Celebrate
  • Love Does Call
  • Love Does Rise

We know that for many of our communities of color who attend MYLE, the cross is a lived reality. Death and despair are ever present but joy and hope abound. For that reason, death is not something to fear, it is a place of possibility and a place where our interconnectedness and God's love meet.

Always ... Love Does.
  • Imagine a place where young people of color gather to celebrate their gifts and serve others ...
  • Imagine a place where faith and life intersect and young people engage in real conversation ...
  • Imagine a place where culture is not only celebrated but understood and appreciated ...
  • Imagine a place where you are loved, accepted and welcomed just as you are ...
  • Imagine the ELCA Multicultural Youth Leadership Event 2015!

2015 Definitely-abled Youth Leadership Event

July 12 –July 15, 2015
Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Cost: $175.00 per person, includes housing and meals

The Definitely-abled Youth Leadership Event  (DAYLE) is a pre-event to the ELCA Youth Gathering that is designed to bless and empower young people who live with a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, so that they might grow as faithful, wise and courageous witnesses. The event also gives participants the opportunity to acclimate and orient themselves to the city of Detroit and the venues in which the Gathering are being held. Eligibility is somewhat subjective, based on the same grade criteria as the Gathering, but we recognize some youth may be older but function at the grade level of youth attending the Gathering. If anyone has questions about eligibility, please call the Gathering at 888-411-3522.
Youth who attend DAYLE must be accompanied by a caregiver. All registrants should be members or guests of ELCA congregations. Attending the ELCA Youth Gathering after DAYLE is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended. Should a young person choose to join their congregation at the Gathering, their caregiver’s registration will be complimentary. Registration for DAYLE opens the same time as the Gathering, with a soft opening on Sept 15, 2014. The soft opening gives congregations time to gather the registration data, which can then be uploaded into the registration database starting on Oct. 15, 2014.

At the end of the event, DAYLE participants will be joined by their congregations at the Marriott Renaissance Center, where they will be housed for the duration of the Gathering.