I have had the privilege of being the administrator of Applied Life Leaders Academy the past 20 years. LA is a pro-God, pro-conservative, Christian leadership training internship for college age young people. I have had the unique opportunity to connect with young people on a personal level and see the challenges, trends and fads that come and go with each generation. Christian young people especially at this time in our nation’s history are facing some very difficult challenges. But I believe a shift is coming! I for one am very excited about the cultural changes I see happening in our nation. Liberal colleges and universities all across our nation are finding themselves in a very difficult place because they are trying to be all things to all people. This backlash against liberal universities comes at a time of financial pressure for colleges and universities of all sizes. Between 2004 and 2014, four-year, nonprofit colleges closed at a rate of five per year. Worse, a Moody’s study projected the closure rate will triple starting this year.

Applied Life Leaders Academy has always known that trying to be all things to all people is to be nothing to no-one. This approach weakens your vision and gives way to chaos and liberalism. Our vision and brand at LA has always been strong and clear. Our goal is to ground college age young people in a Biblical Worldview that encompasses all of life. At Leaders Academy we are proud of our Christian roots and our Biblical foundation. Internships and colleges like Applied Life Leaders Academy clash with America’s conception of the prototypical university campus as a liberal enclave where young people push boundaries, question long-held beliefs, and engage in progressive activism.

Some research has shown that a higher percentage of Millennials identify as conservative than both Gen Xers and Boomers did at the same stage in their lives. And with the GOP now in control of the White House, both houses of Congress, the country is seeing a pronounced cultural and political shift to the right.

Colleges and Universities are meant to be places that educate, challenge and equip young people to go out and be builders of society, “they are not a day care.” Sadly, our liberal culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them ‘feel bad’ about themselves, is a ‘hater,’ a ‘bigot,’ an ‘oppressor,’ and a ‘victimizer.’

Our young people deserve better and we have the answer! If you have or know a college age young person who is godly and looking to make a difference for Christ in the world, Leaders Academy is a great choice. We have over 30 years’ experience and our vision and resolve is stronger today than ever before! For more information you can go to appliedlife.com.


Paul Kern