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Intercultural Youth Conference

June 30-July 3, 2022

Interested in becoming a Small Group Leader

“Mo-Ranch is a great place to learn more about God and about yourself. It has many activities and great scenaries. I highly recommend people to go.”

Andres Villarreal, Participant of Intercultural Youth Conference

A conference where students from 6-12 can come together to celebrate their different cultures!

A cultural celebration for youth that have completed 6th-12th grade.

What’s so special about Intercultural Youth Conference (ICYC)? Like our other youth conferences, attendees will hear from outstanding keynote speakers, experience engaging worship and small groups where they can dig into the conference theme at a deeper level. By doing so, they will also experience claiming their own ethnicity and work with others who share it, to celebrate our varied backgrounds and ethnic origins.

Through song, dance, skits and food, ethnic groups share the richness and uniqueness of their culture during an evening celebration on the Saturday of the conference. The conference leadership is composed of youth and adults who represent broad categories of ethnic origin: Hispanic, Native American, African American, European American and Asian cultures each have young people and adults who plan and implement this conference.

Scholarships

We offer scholarship opportunities! Please contact the program office at 800-460-4401 ext. 246 fo rmore information.

Registration

To register and view paperwork, click here.

Director

ETHAN B. BATTISE – A proud member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas and the Indian Presbyterian Church in Livingston, Texas. He works with the youth and once served as Deacon of the Church. He has served numerous positions throughout the local, Synod, and National levels of PC USA. His latest position is the current Co-Director of the InterCultural Youth Conference. He currently works for a Fire Alarm Company designing Life Safety Plans of different building. He is credited on helping design several Chick-Fil-A buildings.

Fun Fact – The conference will coincide with his birthday. Cakes and cookies are welcomed!!!!


Troy Langley – Co-Small Group Coordinator & A/V Tech

Troy Langley is a member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and Indian Presbyterian Church. He has served in the past as a church deacon and youth advisor, but recently has spent more time just trying to keep up with his wife and daughters! He enjoys outdoor activities including sports, off-roading, and hunting. He has served as an adult leader to the American Indian Youth Council since 2012. He currently serves his tribe in their procurement department, handling all shipping receiving needs plus any additional tasks that get thrown his way!

Fun fact: He has always enjoyed challenges and learning skills hands-on, so he is constantly working on vehicles, art projects, and sporting events!

Krista “KK” Langley – Recreation Leader

Krista “KK” Langley is an energetic and creative dancing and community building fanatic! She loves being outdoors and has worked for the US Forest Service since 2009, currently as a sub-regional Volunteer and Service Program Specialist. She is a member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and serves in multiple roles for the Indian Presbyterian Church. KK has served as an adult advisor to the American Indian Youth Council since 2005 and been on and off leadership for MCYC since 2003. Krista is passionate about empowering youth to take on greater leadership roles in the church and seeks to build community at youth conferences through innovative games and dances. She enjoys leading Zumba, all sports, and spending time in the woods! Her greatest joy is spending time with her husband and three daughters, teaching her girls through storytelling the importance of natural resources, cultural heritage, and living life to the fullest with God’s guidance!

Fun fact: She has been blessed to serve as a wildland firefighter for her agency and gets to fly in helicopters to support fire suppression and prescribed fire operations!

Reuben Lashley – Keynote Speaker
A lifelong Texan, Reuben was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley.  After graduating high school in the valley, he earned a B.A. in Communication and Political Science from Texas A&M University.  After college he worked with various non-profits and faith communities in North Texas before returning to the Rio Grande Valley to work in Youth Ministry with parishes along the Texas-Mexico border.

In 2007, he and his wife Lisa moved to Waco where Reuben earned his Master of Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University.  After seminary, he moved to San Antonio, TX where he received his ordination to ministry through the PC(USA).  He spent 10 years serving various Presbyterian churches in the San Antonio region before relocating to the Austin area.

Currently, Reuben resides with his wife, 2 children(Abi and Ethan), and 2 dogs (Theo and Bella) in Georgetown, TX.  He currently directs a team of specialists who help faith communities, nonprofits, and small businesses use social media tools to enhance their messaging and reach new audiences.

Debbie Battise-Kleinman – Worship Leader

A retired schoolteacher from 27 years became the Commissioned Lay Pastor/Commissioned Ruling Elder of the Indian Presbyterian Church in May 2009, Debbie has served in many capacities in our denomination. Locally, she is an ordained Elder & Deacon and was a Vacation Bible School Director, Sunday School Teacher, & Youth Coordinator. In the Presbytery of New Covenant, Debbie has been an Elder Commissioner, served on the Youth Ministry Committee which became the PYCC Presbyterian Youth Connection Council. Active in the Synod of the Sun, Debbie was an Elder Commissioner and Representative for the Agency for Indian Ministries & former Chair. She served the Multi-Cultural Youth Conference as an  Small Group Leader, Co-Director, Director in 2004, and Worship Leader for 2021. On the National/General Assembly level, Debbie was an Elder Commissioner in 1997, Adult Advisor to the PNC Youth & Small Group Leader at the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, and Small Group Leader & Keynoter at AIYC (American Indian Youth Council) Youth Conference.

After Debbie had Covid in December 2020, she has been walking & working out since May 2021 to strengthen her body & breathing. Her dream is to walk all the way up to the Chapel on the Hill! She challenges all to join her!!!

Program Department COVID Protocols – June 1, 2022

COVID:

  • At this time face masks are welcomed, however not required. 
  • Please monitor symptoms of all participants in the days upcoming.
  • Once your group arrives, we ask you do not leave the property unless for emergencies.
  • Small Group’s will be outdoors, in shade, under pop-up tents, with cold drinking water at each space.
  • We are still encouraging social distancing and effective hygiene. 
  • Hand sanitization and disinfectant stations will be widely available. 
  • Mo-Ranch Executives are continuing to monitor probable COVID cases in seventeen counties in Texas included in the major metro areas of Texas as well as the lower Valley.

Protocols are subject to change and may be amended at any time 

 

 

 

ICYC 2022 Schedule

 

 

Cost & Housing

$250 per registrant/adult sponsor for group lodging.

$385 per registrant/adult sponsor for hotel lodging. 

Conference participants will be housed on a first-come, first-served basis. You may let us know of you housing preference and we will do our best to honor that preference.

In order to get best use of the housing facilities we have available, please note your group may be housed with other youth groups in dorm/group housing. You will need a ratio of 1:5; 1 adult sponsor per 5 youth. Adult sponsors must also register and pay for the conference. The number of adult sponsors must correspond to the gender numbers in the group they are bringing. 5 boys and 3 girls would mean at least 1 male and 1 female sponsor.

Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or registrar@moranch.org.

Registration & Cancellation Policy

Registration for youth conferences is by group only on a first-come basis.  A complete/revised list of participants must be provided 30 days prior to the start of the conference. Initial housing assignments will be conditional upon numbers/gender ratios remaining constant. Male for female or female for male substitutions are not guaranteed. Full refund less $75 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the amount paid toward other charges or future conferences.

Arrival & Departure

Arrive and check-in between 4 and 6 p.m. on the day the conference begins. One sponsor per group should check-in their group. Groups will be able to move into their housing facilities no earlier than 4 p.m. Conferences begin with dinner at 6 p.m. and end mid-morning on the day of departure.

Adult Sponsors

You will need a ratio of 1:5; 1 adult sponsor per 5 youth. Adult sponsors must also register and pay for the conference. The number of adult sponsors must correspond to the gender numbers in the group they are bringing. 5 boys and 3 girls would mean at least 1 male and 1 female sponsor.

Appropriate Dress

While we recognize clothing is one way young people express themselves, we expect them to do so in ways that honor themselves as well as the kind of community we are building during our youth conferences. We ask participants (both youth and adult sponsors) to dress comfortably for the weather, but also modestly. Please refrain from wearing clothing:

  • that is too revealing like: short shorts, bikinis, strapless tops or dresses, shirts that allow for a bare midriff, pants worn below the waist line
  • that advertises alcohol or tobacco products
  • that contains language demeaning or ridiculing someone’s gender, sexuality or ethnic origin

For recreation events, all participants are expected to wear shirts. Participants out of line with dress standards will be asked to change clothes or put on an over-layer that provides adequate coverage.

Swim Check

Youth will be asked to take a swim check at the pool during the check-in period. For easy access, youth should remember to pack swimsuits on top. Swimmer and non-swimmer wristbands will be issued to all participants. All youth participants must take the swim check even if they are 18 years of age. Participants not wishing to take the swim check must go to the pool to be given a non-swimmer wristband. Wristbands provide guest identification to our staff and act as meal tickets in the dining hall, and must be worn by guests at all times. Please note Mo-Ranch’s appropriate dress standards when packing swim suits.

Stuff to Bring

Water bottles! Bible, casual clothes, closed-toe shoes for ropes course, swim suit (swim trunks for males, no bikinis for females. “Tankinis” are acceptable so long as no midriff is showing), swim towel, river shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight, toiletries, notebook, spending money and a camera.

Personal Electronics

Electronic devices include, but are not limited to: cell phones, tablets, mp3 players and handheld games. The use of personal electronic devices affect not only the person using the device but others around them. Using an electronic device for activities unrelated to the conference can be disruptive and disrespectful. Mo-Ranch encourages groups to leave personal electronics at home. We ask that any electronic devices brought to the conference be kept on silent or turned off during all scheduled events (keynote, small group, worship, vespers, etc.) Distracting personal electronics may be collected by conference staff and turned in to a sponsor. Mo-Ranch or its representatives will not assume responsibility for devices that are lost, stolen, damaged and/or confiscated.

Transportation

Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event. If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport. Directions to Mo.

Ropes Course

This conference will include a selection of our ropes course elements. To read a description of each element, click here.

Bookstore

Make sure to stop by the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly bookstore during your conference to pick out a souvenir!

Questions

We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or registrar@moranch.org.

 

 

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