What is CrossRoad?

CrossRoad is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to make big life decisions and invites them to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition in a deep and meaningful way.

SESSION 1

June 11 – 21, 2022
Boston, MA

SESSION 2

July 2 – July 12, 2022
San Francisco, CA

SESSION 3

July 23 – August 2, 2022
Chicago, IL

Diving In

CrossRoad offers a space for young people to form authentic and lifelong friendships, ask hard questions, and explore their calling as an Orthodox Christian in the 21st century. We typically host three sessions each summer on the campuses of Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA and North Park University in Chicago, IL.  This year, however, we are excited to announce that our third session will be hosted at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA!

Cost and Travel

$900 Tuition + Travel Cost

There is a tuition fee for the 2022 CrossRoad Summer Institute of $900 for the ten-day session. This tuition fee represents less than 35% of the $2,500 actual cost to support each participant. In addition, cost of travel arrangements to and from Hellenic College are also the responsibility of the participant.

That stated, it is our CrossRoad policy that no accepted participant requesting financial aid will be turned away. For this reason, limited funds are available to assist participants who are unable to pay the full tuition fee.

Oftentimes parishes of accepted CrossRoad applicants provide full or partial financial aid. Please consider approaching your parish to see if they would be willing to help provide support. If you would like help drafting a request for support from your parish, please contact us.

Travel Considerations

The following are our standard travel guidelines. These may be adapted for the 2022 season. We realize that for many participants, this is their first time traveling alone. We are extremely sensitive to the fact that it can be nerve-racking to send your child on a plane by his or her self and we work very hard to make this a stress-free experience.

All participants who travel by plane are asked to fly into a specified airport in the host city. We schedule our shuttles to pick up each participant no more than twenty minutes after their arrival time (allowing adequate time for participants to pick up their bags).

CrossRoad staff members greet participants directly at their baggage claim. The staff members wear uniform CrossRoad shirts and hold signs with the participants’ names. In the event that they do not see a staff member, they can call our office where we have staff manning the phone and communicating with the drivers constantly.

If you live within driving distance, your child can be dropped off by car on our campus during the allotted drop-off times.

“My time here has been truly life-changing. […] I have grown stronger in my Orthodox faith during my ten days here than I have in my past 17 years. I don’t know where my life will lead me but I do know that my experience here will be one I always treasure.”

Roman K. 2019 Alumnus

“CrossRoad has been the missing piece to my puzzle, that I did not know was missing until I got here. The experiences that I have had here have shaped me, are shaping me, and will continue to shape me for the rest of my life.”

Anna K.2018 Alumna

“I applied with the notion that the program was essentially 10 days of Sunday School, but I can now confidently say that these 10 days have given me some of the most profound moments of my life, whether spiritually, emotionally, or intellectually.”

Lucas A.2018 Alumnus

“My time here at CrossRoad has changed my life. […] I have made friends who will not just last a lifetime, but who also experience the same spiritual struggles that I do. Together, we can grow closer to Christ and learn more about our faith. I am proud to call myself a CrossRoad alumni and I am eager to spread my faith to the world.”

Dimitri G.2015 Alumnus

“My time here has been truly life-changing. […] I have grown stronger in my Orthodox faith during my ten days here than I have in my past 17 years. I don’t know where my life will lead me but I do know that my experience here will be one I always treasure.”

Roman K. 2019 Alumnus

“CrossRoad has been the missing piece to my puzzle, that I did not know was missing until I got here. The experiences that I have had here have shaped me, are shaping me, and will continue to shape me for the rest of my life.”

Anna K.2018 Alumna

“I applied with the notion that the program was essentially 10 days of Sunday School, but I can now confidently say that these 10 days have given me some of the most profound moments of my life, whether spiritually, emotionally, or intellectually.”

Lucas A.2018 Alumnus

“My time here at CrossRoad has changed my life. […] I have made friends who will not just last a lifetime, but who also experience the same spiritual struggles that I do. Together, we can grow closer to Christ and learn more about our faith. I am proud to call myself a CrossRoad alumni and I am eager to spread my faith to the world.”

Dimitri G.2015 Alumnus

Safety at CrossRoad

Medical

Participant safety and security is of utmost concern to the staff here at CrossRoad. We have developed specific and detailed policies to ensure that your children remain safe on and off campus.

We do not have a medical staff on campus but each staff member undergoes CPR/First Aid training prior to the program. Additionally, all our campuses are situated minutes from some of the best hospitals and medical care.

Transportation