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Learn about River Rising (formerly Goldmine) Youth Leadership School
CER River Rising Summer Youth Immersion Experience
High School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Leadership Development

This year we are transitioning the CER summer immersive, formerly known as Goldmine Leadership School into River Rising. You may still see references to Goldmine on our website as we consider this new version to be all the best parts of Goldmine worked into a new and exciting framework.

These times of change and uncertainty call for a certain kind of UU leadership. A leadership that is rooted in our Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist history but is also ready to re-examine and question old narratives and ways of being. A leadership that honors our ancestors while making way for new innovative and emergent voices. A leadership grounded in justice, skilled in listening and able to move between support, witness, organizing and pastoral care within our congregations and in the wider world.

At River Rising Youth will spend a week creating community and learning to care for that community spiritually, pastorally and physically. They will have conversations about how Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist values influence their own sense of purpose and work on articulating their own faith based values. We’ll approach leadership as a continual process of self reflection, group processing and practice work. And we’ll have a lot fun just hanging out and playing together!

The school is taught by pairs of youth and adult co-trainers. Youth co-trainers are experienced leaders. A typical day at River Rising will consist of youth lead worships, silent reflection time, small group discussions, team based cooking projects, games and activities to teach leadership skills, and of course necessary free time.  

For even more about the philosophy of the new program read this blog by CER staff Shannon Harper. 

To attend River Rising youth should be entering grades 9-12 the following school year (having just graduated grades 8-11) or the equivalent home school age 13-18. Youth outside that range who wish to attend Goldmine should contact Evin Carvill-Ziemer, eziemer [at] uua [dot] org.

There are two or more offerings of this event each summer in the Central East Region. Registration will open in February 2019. For 2019 the training dates and locations are:

In 2020 we are planning the following dates and locations:

  • Early July in Ohio

  • Late July on the east coast

Half Scholarships are available for this event. These scholarships should be matched by congregational funding (therefore equaling a full scholarship). Email eziemer [at] uua [dot] org for ideas on how to arrange this. Use this form to apply for a scholarship. Deadline is June 1 for applications. After that date, we will accept applications on a rolling basis until our funds are used.

All tuition must be paid in full by cancellation date. Full refund available until cancellation date. $75 processing fee afterwards until two weeks before event. Refunds after this only available in cases of illness.

Have questions? Check our FAQ. Still need an answer? Email Evin Ziemer, (eziemer [at] uua [dot] org) about finances and registration. Email Shannon Harper (sharper [at] uua [dot] org) about the philosophy of the new program.

Goldmine was a transformational experience for the youth attending. In this new immersive experience we are carrying forward the best of the Goldmine tradition, re-worked for our changing world. What youth said about Goldmine, we trust will be true about River Rising:

"This was the single most transformative experience of my entire life."

"Youth Leadership was by far the highlight of my summer last year and one of the most valuable experiences that I have ever had. I promise that I am not exaggerating at all!"

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