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How old do you have to be to lead/facilitate Our Whole Lives?

The most important criteria for leading Our Whole Lives programs are characteristics such as maturity, knowledge, character, skills, and commitment. These qualities and experiences increase the likelihood of success at any age. (See "What are the criteria for selecting good facilitators for Our Whole Lives?" for more details.) Our Whole Lives training and background checks are also required for responsible leadership. The UUA does not have rigid age requirements for facilitators, however the following guidelines can assist you in determining what age is best for your program’s facilitators:

Grades K-1, 4-6, and 7-9: A trained, qualified adult as young as 21 could be a facilitator of Our Whole Lives programs for children or junior high youth. Congregation leadership and parents will decide who they feel is right to work with their children in this important area.

Grades 10-12: So that the boundary between youth and adult is clear, it is recommended that adult facilitators of Our Whole Lives for Grades 10-12 be age 25 or over, following the guidelines for adult leadership of youth programming. It is important that the adult facilitator does not identify as a youth, and that the youth do not perceive the adult as a youth. However, a trained, qualified youth or young adult could co-lead a high school program in collaboration with a trained, qualified adult 25 or over.

Adult and Young Adult: Facilitators of Our Whole Lives for Adults and Our Whole Lives for Young Adults can be either young adults or older adults.

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Last updated on Monday, November 7, 2011.

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