At Fourth Universalist, our youth program serves teens from middle school and high school. Our youth gather for community, spiritual deepening, sharing and social activism. Led by our professional Youth Coordinator and a team of trained advisers, teens are encouraged to grow as unique individuals and wrestle honestly and thoughtfully with the questions that growing up raises. Youth are nurtured as leaders, invited to design and lead a Sunday morning worship, and attend conferences with other Unitarian Universalist teens.

Youth begin in Sunday morning in worship. Following the story, they are invited to youth group, located up the stairs on the north side of the sanctuary. Following the end of their structured programming at 12:15, youth are welcome to join the adults in coffee hour or the children in the gym for open play until 2pm.

In addition to regular Sunday morning programming, we offer to other programs for teens. Our Coming of Age (COA) program is designed to honor the transition from childhood to adulthood. Students dive deep into life’s greatest questions, reflect on the place of Unitarian Universalism in their life, and are paired with an adult mentor. The program culminates with the creation of a “This I Believe” statement that articulates their religious perspective and is then shared in worship with the congregation.

The second program we offer is Our Whole Lives (OWL). Led by trained facilitators, OWL is a wholistic, progressive, values-based program that explore sexuality for teens. Its goal is to dismantle stereotypes, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For more information, we encourage you to explore the program’s main page here.

If you have questions about youth programming at Fourth Universalist or simply want to get involved, we invite you to reach out to our Director of Religious Education at re@4thu.org or our Youth Coordinator at youthgroup@4thu.org.