Program Description

During the 2016-17 program year, we’re offering the Coming of Age (CoA) program to youth in grades 6-12. This program fosters deeper awareness of UU values, while encouraging youth to explore their own ideas about some big theological and spiritual concepts, As part of this exploration, youth will be encouraged to write and present their own personal credo statements to the congregation at a year-end CoA Graduation Ceremony. Much like our Small Group Ministries, youth are expected to commit to regular attendance and maximum participation until the program year ends in May, and they’ll be supported in their endeavors by a one-to-one Mentor-Mentee relationship and a team of Youth Leaders.

Youth who cannot commit to the comprehensive CoA program can participate in combined Sunday CoA/Youth Group classes, social events, and may opt in to other program elements. However those in Youth Group only will not participate in the Mentorship Program, Credo Writing, the Rites of Passage Retreats or the Supplemental Activities requirements of CoA.

For ease of reference, we’ll call all youth activities “Youth Group” when the activity is not specific to CoA participants.

Sundays

The Youth Group will meet two Sundays per month. The Second Sunday Workshop meets from 11am-12:30pm, while the Fourth Sunday Workshop meets from 12:30-2:00pm. Both meetings are in the Youth Room, in the back corner of the administrative wing. For the full schedule, please visit the YOUTH CALENDAR page.

Upcoming Events

Rites of Passage Retreat- Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to gather for a weekend-long retreat at Camp Kiwanis, located north of Danielsville, Ga. Youth can meet at UUFA at 6pm to carpool out. During the retreat, youth will have the opportunity to connect with their spirituality though nature, focus on and share their dreams, and make masks for Halloween! Retreat ends after breakfast on Sunday, with youth returning to UUFA by noon. Retreat fee is $20 to help offset rental, food, and supply costs. RSVP to Morgan at dre@uuathensga.org by Sunday, October 16.

Youth Cons at the Mountain- Join these gatherings of UU kids from all over the southeast for fun and fellowship in a beautiful mountain-top setting.  Cost is $100 or $50 with scholarship application. Registration for the Mountain Cons must be completed ONE MONTH completed one month before each con, with notice given to Morgan for planning purposes.

Middle School (grades 6-8) Con- December 2-4

High School (grades 9-12) Con- December 9-11

For more information, visit The Mountain’s Youth Con page.

Check back soon for more events for youth!

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Check out the OWL page for more information

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