For High-Schoolers

Sunday Morning Class

11:15 a.m. One class for 9th-12th-grades

Under the guidance of the CYRE Director, youth and their advisors plan activities, classes and projects that fall under the UUA’s new Web of Youth Ministry:

  • Spiritual Development
  • Beloved Community
  • Justice Making
  • Faith Exploration
  • Multigenerational Relationships
  • Covenantal Leadership
  • Identity Formation
  • Pastoral Care

The 2017-18 program year presents us with a wonderful opportunity to help our youth delve a bit deeper into our congregation’s commitment to societal, environmental, and spiritual transformation. Their class is part of the year’s congregation-wide programming  guided by the Board of Trustees’ 2017 Call to Action.

In addition to their Sunday morning class time, the High School youth are busy with service planning, special activities, planning their annual Charlotte Con, fundraising, and participating in service to the larger community.

New Youth/Adult Leadership Group Created: The SQUUAD!

In August 2016, after a summer of training and brainstorming, a group of about 15 youth interested in leadership along with five adults supporting that goal met and created a new youth/adult leadership group, AKA The SQUUAD.   The SQUUAD is committed to integrating youth into the larger congregation (“knocking down  silos that segregate us by age”) through events and worship, while also supporting youth-only classes and activities.  It’s members are continuing into the 2017-18 year with great enthusiasm.

High SchoolersSpecial Programming for Youth

  • Our Whole Lives sexuality education program
  • Planning and coordinating youth-led services
  • Coming of Age program
  • Youth trips
  • Youth CONferences

Social Justice and Community Outreach Opportunities

Our sixth UU principle calls us to “help build a peaceful, fair and free world.”  We take this call seriously and offer opportunities throughout the year for our youth to engage in service and justice work.

  • Volunteers of all ages join together one Sunday afternoon a quarter to prepare sandwiches for our homeless neighbors through the Operation Sandwich program. All sandwiches are made onsite in Freeman Hall.
  • From December through March, many of our families and youth volunteer together through Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn program, which provides shelter, food and fellowship to our homeless neighbors.
  • The SQUUAD coordinates at least one project a year.
  • Youth are invited to participate in activities coordinated by Mecklenburg Ministries’ Interfaith Youth Council.
  • A group of youth and adults travel to Hartsville, S.C., every June to volunteer in a service-oriented mission trip.
  • Other events are advertised through the congregation’s weekly eblast, Currents.

 

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:

  1. To provide accurate, developmentally appropriate information
  2. To increase self-esteem and understand relationships with and responsibilities toward others
  3. To develop interpersonal skills, including communication, decision-making and problem-solving
  4. 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. The Senior High class will not be held in 2017-18.

Youth Worship Services

Every year, the high school RE class plans and coordinates a worship service for the congregation in the fall. In addition, graduating seniors are “bridged into young adulthood” during a service led by the minister and Director of the Religious Education Program for Children and Youth.

Coming of Age

Every other year, the CYRE program offers a nine-month Coming of Age (COA) program for our high school youth. Coming of Age includes a mentoring component, service projects, two weekend retreats and Sunday evening small group discussion sessions. This program will be held in 2017-18.

Youth Trips

Our program offers its high school youth varied opportunities for growth in the form of three very different trips:

  • Boston Heritage Trip:  Every other year, our Coming of Age (COA) program culminates in a week-long trip to Boston. Youth receive lessons in their religious heritage, personal growth and leadership. Youth must participate in COA to go to Boston. The next trip is scheduled for June 2018.
  • Hartsville Mission Trip:  Each summer, this annual mission trip provides youth the opportunity to work on service projects in Hartsville, South Carolina. The bulk of their volunteer efforts occurs over the course of a week, through Habitat for Humanity, but teens often volunteer in the larger community, as needed.
  • Other trips will be scheduled periodically. Youth registered in the CYRE program will receive information as it becomes available.

Youth CONferences

Youth CONs hold an almost sacred place in the hearts of many UU youth. These weekend-long retreats include age-appropriate worship, workshops, small group activities, dances, coffeehouses, food and the opportunity to meet other UU youth. Two kinds of CONs are available in our district:

  • Mountain CONferences: Held at the The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, these weekend CONS are offered each fall and spring. All UUCC youth planning to attend a Mountain CON are required to attend an orientation session, held in the fall, with a parent. We encourage parents to volunteer as trip “advisors.” Registration and payment information is sent via email from the CYRE program.
  • Church-based Youth CONferences: These CONS are hosted by individual churches and youth groups in our district. Our own high school youth group organizes and conducts the largest of these district-wide cons in early February.