We welcome youth participation in all areas of congregational life. They help lead and run tech for our worship services, sing in our choir or offer their own musical contributions, and assist in children’s classes and other faith development programming. They stand up for justice issues and take a lead in serving the community beyond FUUSB’s walls. 

FUUSB YUUth Group (9th-12th Graders)

YUUth Group at FUUSB is a place for youth to be themselves and be embraced as they are, connecting deeply with other youth from the community. It’s a place for fun and for friendship. A place for asking questions and for being of service. It’s a place for just being together and for growing together. It’s a place for FUUSB youth to call home. 

Even amidst the challenges of navigating the Covid crisis, our YUUth Group is going strong. This is a group that knows how to make the best of the cards we’ve been dealt and, most importantly, is doing that by supporting each other through these times.

As of March 2022, we are meeting in person, either outdoors, around the campfire or out and about exploring nature’s beauty, OR indoors at the newly ventilated Meeting House with masks. Whether in person or virtually, YUUth Group gathers on Thursday evenings, as well as a couple of Sundays a month (usually for outdoor field trips). 

If you’re new or haven’t been around in a while, reach out to Rev. Dave Ruffin, Director of Youth and Creative Arts Ministries, at [email protected] for more information on how to get involved.

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Special Opportunities for Younger Youth

Coming of Age is an opportunity for eighth graders (traditionally, but up to 10th welcome) to find community and connection through active and reflective fun. Coming of Agers are invited to risk showing up authentically, giving and receiving the gift of acceptance, while asking and answering questions that matter to them now, along with some of the deeper life questions that are beginning to capture their curiosity. The program also serves for many as a bridge to the YUUth group. While the program provides opportunity for personal growth and reflection, most report that the main gift is co-creating a community in which they feel a shared sense of belonging. During Covid times we have adapted the traditional year-long program for a “Spring Intensive” outdoor educational model. Stay tuned for registration for 2022!

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a lifespan curriculum for comprehensive sexuality education, and we offer the middle school module every year. Because of its high value and demand, we offer it beyond the membership of First UU. All interested must complete an application process. Our plans to gather for OWL are evolving, but we hope to offer it to eighth and ninth graders during the 2022/23 school year. Contact Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Erika Reif, at [email protected] for more information.