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JPD Fundamentals Training of Trainers
JPD Fundamentals Training of Trainers
2016-02-26 00:00:00
2016-02-28 23:59:59
Friday, February 26, 2016 to Sunday, February 28, 2016

Type of event: Training

Sponsor: Central East Region of the UUA

Become a Trainer for our Fundamentals of Healthy Youth Ministry program!

Fundamentals is our core training for both adults serving as advisors or working with youth in other ways and for youth leaders in congregations or district/regional youth programs.

Until 2016, this has been a weekend long training. We are interested in having people run smaller segments on the cluster level. We are piloting this model to see if having more readily accessible trainers able to lead smaller pieces of programming better reaches more people and better connects the clusters.

This is an interactive training with lots of role plays and case studies where the community building is part of the explicit curriculum. It’s a combined training because weI believe that if we expect youth leaders and adult advisors to share leadership and work in partnership, we should train them together. Our philosophy is that all youth deserve both youth specific and multigen local religious community and that they need authentic relationships with adults who can move beyond society’s training that adults are supposed to have all the answers and give them to youth. This training helps youth leaders and adults move into this kind of relationship while preparing to be a local youth-adult team to create shifts where needed in their local congregations.

The program can be run in a variety of ways, but for ease of organization has been divided into four segments. Each segment is 3-5 hours long:

  • Safety (liability, confidentiality, covenant, etc)
  • Healthy Community (building community, cliques, triangulation, conflict, inclusive community)
  • Balanced Programming (creating balanced programing in the youth program and includes congregational involvement/integration)
  • Youth-Adult Partnership (deeper covenant, skills youth and adults need to work in partnership, and role-plays). Further segments may be be developed!

If you are interested in being trained to lead such a curriculum, consider attending a training of trainers!

The Training of Trainers program runs from 7pm Friday evening until 3pm Sunday afternoon.

Adults should be recommended by their congregation or be a religious professional. Please email eziemer [at] uua [dot] org (Evin Carvill-Ziemer) to ask if you are a good candidate as an adult.

Applications to participate:


United States
424 Center St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

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