Senior Youth (Ninth-Twelfth grade)
Youth Group meets Sunday evenings 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Due to space and time challenges, our high school youth group meets on Sunday evenings from September through May. There is no youth group on the first Sunday of the month, as youth are encouraged to attend worship together that day.
Special programming for Senior Youth: Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Used across the country in Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ churches, this lifespan sexuality education curriculum is based on four primary goals:
- To provide accurate, developmentally appropriate information
- To increase self-esteem and understand relationships with and responsibilities toward others
- To develop interpersonal skills, including communication, decision-making and problem-solving
- To teach responsibility for personal health and safety
Five levels of curricular materials are available, geared to grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and adults. In 2015-16, our RE program offers the following three classes: 5th grade, 7th-8th grade and 10th-12th grades. Advanced registration is required, and parents are required to attend a parent meeting.
Social Justice Opportunities:
- Bring Your Weight in Food Drive - September 2015. This congregation-wide event is supported by the Senior youth group, who collect and deliver all of our collections each year.
- Weekend service work at H.O.M.E. in Orland, ME each year our Senior Youth travel to Orland for an overnight trip to help this grassroots organization assemble holiday wreathes they use as a major fundraiser. Our group brings along loads of donations of clothing, blankets, and food to support this struggling near-by community, and in addition to making wreaths, youth are kept busy organizing supply closets, stacking fire wood, and doing other odd jobs.
- Empty Bowls - Is an annual fundraiser for hunger in the seacoast. Proceeds from the evening are donated to a community hunger organization determined by our youth group. Soup and bread donations are collected from the congregation, and the evening is always a lovely social gathering in addition to the good work it does!
Summer Service Learning:
In June of 2016, some of our Senior youth group will be traveling to War, West Virginia to work with an organization called Big Creek People in Action. This will be the second time that our Senior youth group makes this trip (and third time for South church, as an adult group has gone as well!) This trip will be a culmination of a year long fundraising endeavor, as well as a group exploration into the challenges and benefits of Service Learning projects. Students who are planning to participate in this program will be expected to make a commitment in the fall of 2015.