Do you have an Unbound student who is thinking about, or is already registered for, the 2019 Unbound National Student Convention known as APEX?
My name is Jonathan Brush, and I am the Executive Director of Student Life for Unbound. I work with the incredible students who are planning APEX, and ultimately I am the person who is responsible for everything that happens there. As a father of six children, I would like to share some things with you about APEX from the perspective of a parent.
First, let me tell you what APEX is about. We named our conference APEX because it represents students reaching the pinnacle of their student experience by meeting each other, learning together, and being inspired by their fellow students. This event is designed to get your student engaged in an amazing student network that has the potential to impact the rest of their life, equipped with the life skills to live out what they have been called to do, and empowered to go out into the world and make a difference.
Here are three reasons why your son or daughter should attend APEX 2019: The Unbound Blitz, or why you should be excited if they have already registered:
- It will be an educating and enriching environment. Our guest speakers include Phylicia Masonheimer, Benjamin Hardy, and Eric Metaxas — in addition to Unbound staff (including Signature Leadership Course facilitator Col. Mike Bell and myself) and students. We don’t want to simply have your son or daughter attend APEX — we want them to experience it and walk away challenged to return home with a new confidence and energy to live out their calling.
- There will be amazing people there. Unbound students are self-motivated, work hard, do things differently, and care deeply about living out their faith. When they meet each other at APEX, they build lifelong friendships, start businesses, and form ministry partnerships. Your student will spend the week with other students who “get it” and understand about doing college differently. Attending APEX will connect your son or daughter to the one of the most amazing student networks in existence today and train them to be culture shapers and leaders of the present and future.
- We really need them there. We need your students to come to APEX because they are exceptional. We have big challenges in our culture, in our nation, and in our world. Things are likely to get more difficult rather than less difficult for people of faith. We need your student to be at APEX so that we can build on the training that you’ve started, connect them to like-minded peers, pray together, and work to build up a culture changing generation of leaders.
Allow me to offer three more things that I hope will make you feel more comfortable about sending your son or daughter to APEX.
- This is an event planned and run by students, but directed by parents. As Executive Director of Student Life, I am the one directing the event and my oldest daughter will be attending as a student. I look at every single thing that happens at APEX with a parent’s perspective — asking myself if this would be the best thing for my children. As soon as the students land at the airport, and as they drive through the gate at Timberwolf Lake Camp, we will be thinking of them as our sons and daughters until they drive back out through that gate for the return home.
- This is a well-staffed event. From the speakers on stage, to the leaders that will be in the cabins, to the on-site medical staff, this event will be staffed by our best professionals.
- This is not the first national event for Unbound or for our staff. Our core leadership team has more than 40 years of experience working with students, and planning, presenting, and staffing events similar to APEX and at past APEX events. All of that work and all of that experience will culminate at APEX 2019.
I understand that it is a challenge to send your son or daughter to an event like this. It may be a lot of miles to drive or fly, and I know that paying for something like this requires some sacrifice. I am praying that you will make that sacrifice. I am praying because I believe so deeply that this is what counts.
What will happen when we take some of the most uniquely trained students in the country, who have been the beneficiaries of exceptional and extraordinary parenting, and put them in the same place at the same time, with great speakers, teachers, and leaders, and challenge them to commit to doing something amazing with their lives?
Will you help us find out?