Our youth program is defined as children in 7th grade and older. It recognizes the teenager as an independent minded person. It includes Sunday program and often additional programming, like overnights, group bonding experiences, socials, regional and District conferences that expose them to other Unitarian Universalists throughout the Pacific Northwest. Youth programming is a time for leadership development and many opportunities are available.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) -- 11:15-12:30
7th and 8th graders
This year we are offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) for our 7th and 8th graders during the 11:15 service. OWL is a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum that creates a safe space for youth to explore the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. The curriculum is based on guidelines established by leading health and education professionals, and it is grounded in the values of self worth, sexual health, responsibility, and justice and inclusivity. For more information go to http://www.uua.org/re/owl/
Registration is currently closed. Parents were required to attend and orientation, and this has already taken place. We strive to create a safe space given the sensitive topics and discussions that occur, and so even visitors will not be allowed. An alternative has been arranged for 7th and 8th graders over the course of the school year.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) -- 11:15-12:30
High School Youth Group
YRUU is our youth group for high school freshmen through seniors. In YRUU, youth are encouraged to be leaders. They take turns leading on Sundays, and through an elected council that meets monthly, they have a direct role in choosing discussion topics and planning special events. Adult advisors are guides along the way who maintain a supportive space where youth can share and be heard. The youth group offers opportunities to explore what we mean by fellowship, social justice, and worship as Unitarian Universalists. The Youth Service -- scheduled for April 19, 2015 -- is an annual spring tradition in which the youth conduct the service, including performing the music and sharing homilies. With many of our youth having grown up in this church, it is a wonderful celebration of their individual and collective responsible search for truth and meaning.