Our High School Youth Group is a place for spiritual exploration, support and guidance during late adolescence. Our youth advisors are dedicated to creating an engaging, fun and safe space where teens are comfortable sharing deeply about their lives, and are empowered to join in planning events and setting the spiritual direction for the group. We also encourage teens to become more involved in their congregation and community, and prepare them to “bridge” into young adulthood.
Once a month, outside of church, we gather for Youth Nights organized by the youth advisors and the youth themselves. Typical activities include pizza and movie nights, arts-and-crafts projects, fun group outings and more. Stay tuned to our website, parent email and bulletin boards for specifics.
At both services on Sunday mornings, high school youth attend the opening of the worship service with their families. Then they gather in the Youth Room, which they have decorated and made their own. Our youth advisors facilitate spiritual and religious discussion, growth, and celebration. This year, they will use a curriculum called Virtue Ethics: A Ethical Development Program for High School Youth.
Teens also have many opportunities to engage with UU youth in the larger community and region. Ninth-grade students are encouraged to take part in the Ninth Grade Trip with UU youth from churches throughout Colorado’s Front Range. In addition, all high school youth have the opportunity to attend regional youth conferences (“cons”) several times each year. These are typically weekend-long events, organized and run by youth in partnership with adult leaders, that include workshops, worship, games and activities, and the chance to make deep and lasting connections with other UU youth.