COLLEGEVILLE -- Over a half-million dollar grant was given to St. John's University to help support youth theology programs.

St. John's University School of Theology and Seminary was awarded $525,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help continue supporting the Lilly Youth Theology Network (LYTN)

LYTN consists of 34 theology programs for high school youth. Each program focuses on introducing high school students to solving current world issues through a theological perspective.

The network supports each theology program by hosting annual meetings, consultations and networking opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career involving church leadership.

Lilly Endowment Inc. established it's Theological Program for High School Youth initiative in 1998 and and has awarded grants to 48 Christian seminaries throughout the country.