20/30 Project for Mentoring and Leadership

The 20/30 Project for Mentoring and Leadership aims to cultivate young leaders who live in the paradoxes of Catholic identity. We recognize that our faith is the source of holy, unique, and revolutionary potential for personal and common good and at the same time is the source of unreconciled (and often unacknowledged) oppression and injustice, specifically for LGBTQ people; people of color, women, and lay people throughout the world.

This new program will bring together young visionaries and change-makers across the country to support and inspire one another as part of a cohort, each discerning and initiating a project that puts faith into action for social justice. Each Young Leader will be paired with a mentor to accompany them as they explore how their Catholic faith and personal gifts and passions intersect with the social needs around them.

Applications to be a 20/30 Young Leader are now closed.

Apply to be a mentor to young leaders.


About the program

20/30 Young Leaders will:

  • Connect with an inspiring and supportive community of peers across the country
  • Receive mentorship from an elder in the movement
  • Participate in a 3-day retreat in Minneapolis and CTA’s National Conference in San Antonio, TX, all travel and lodging expenses paid
  • Be part of a national movement working to transform the Church and the world
  • Receive a $600 stipend

The Retreat: May 17-19, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN

This is where the Young Leader Cohort will gather for the first time and start scheming and dreaming about projects! They will connect with like-minded young Catholics, explore Catholic social teaching, analyze dominant power structures, study methods of social change and practice contemplation and action.

The Project: May-November, 2018

Over this 6-month period Young Leaders will put their faith into action by developing a project they’re passionate about related to Catholicism and social justice in their local context. Young Leaders will be supported by monthly mentor check-ins and video calls with their cohort and the Program Coordinator.

The Reconvening: November 9-11, 2018 in San Antonio, TX

The Young Leader Cohort will reconvene at Call to Action’s 2018 National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, to share their learnings and efforts from the past six months with their fellow Young Leaders and the broader Call to Action community. 

Applications for 20/30 Young Leaders are now closed.

Apply to be a mentor for Young Leaders – Deadline Extended to April 1

Questions? Email Claire Hitchins at claire@cta-usa.org.