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Middle School-Aged Youth Faith Development

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  • Early adolescents (ages 11-15) find identity, purpose, and compassion in Unitarian Universalism.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Permission forms are one form of communication with parents and guardians. Parents/guardians should understand the components of a youth...
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    Best Practices Drivers must be at least 25 years old with a confirmed valid driver's license and record clear of violations. Each driver...
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    Policies around sleeping arrangements at youth events in the past have either been too laissez-faire , or rigidly bound to norms that don't...
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    Because of the power disparities and the potential for boundary violation in pastoral care conversations between adults and youth, we...
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    It is advisable to have two (or more) unrelated adults with youth during all programs and events. This helps to protect youth from abusive...
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    Adults and religious professionals who work with youth need to know our reporting responsibilities and know what counts as child abuse...
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    ​​ The UUA defines “youth” as any young person currently in high school (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth or other uncommon...
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    Each group or event is encouraged to develop its own covenant to respect appropriate safety boundaries. Three forms of covenant are...
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    Adults working with youth bear a special responsibility in fostering youth spiritual development and modeling healthy behavior. A code of...
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    Appropriate supervision of employees and volunteers is a key to safety youth ministry. Regular support and guidance for adults working with...
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    In youth ministry, safety training is needed for youth, youth leaders, advisors, and parents. Adults and youth need to be on the same page...
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    In our dedication to providing the safest possible environment for those we serve, we conduct background checks on adults working with our...
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    Adults working with youth must be at least twenty­-five years old to participate in youth events organized by the UUA, and most regions and...
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    Learning from the best practices of many Unitarian Universalist congregations, the UUA Safety Team and Youth Roundtable have developed...

Central East Regional Group

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 9:00 am EDT to Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 8:00 am EDT
    White Plains NY
    This conference ("con") is a 24-hour event where junior UU youth and their adult sponsors meet.
  • Junior High Conferences are for youth in 7th to 9th grade (or equivalent) and are run by senior high youth leaders. Middle School Conferences permit 6th graders to attend.

inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

MidAmerica Region

  • Geographic Expressions of Youth Ministry in MA ...
  • By MidAmerica Region of the UUA, Ashley Horan, Pastor Danny Givens
    From a young age, our children and youth are learning what being a Unitarian Universalist means—not just in theory, but in practice. In this webinar, we will talk with experts in the field of religious education and faith development about how justice-making can be a primary pedagogical tool and...

Pacific Western Region

  • Friday, February 8, 2019 - 6:00 pm MST to Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:00 am MST
    Golden CO
    The goal of this training to to impart necessary skills and tools to enact engaging, transcendent, and deeply transformative worship experiences for youth and adults of varied identities in one’s religious community.
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST
    Oregon City OR
    This training is brand new! Developed by renowned DRE and sexuality educator, Emmalinda MacLean, it is a hybrid online (one evening TBD, 1.5 hours) and all-day in-person training with improved take home resources, updated multicultural elements, and an engaging approach.
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019
    Chandler AZ

Safe Congregagtions Handbook

  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Safety precautions need to be taken to protect youth in virtual and physical spaces alike. Just as we advise adults not to be alone with...

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Building Bridges, Grades 8-9

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