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Let's talk new youth advisor youth coordinator webinar

  1. 1. The Workshop Will Begin in a Moment
  2. 2. Midwest UU Leadership New Youth Advisors/Youth Coordinators: “Let’s Talk”
  3. 3. Introductions
  4. 4. This Conference Is Being Recorded
  5. 5. New Youth Advisor/Youth Coordinator , “Let’s Talk” Midwest UU Leadership Fall 2012Nancy Combs-Morgan, MidAmerica Coordinator for Emerging Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  6. 6. Begin “doing” by reflecting…. By reflecting on the hopes and dreams for youth ministry in your congregation Structure and intentionality are essential in achieving your dreams What is the “structure” of your youth group? What are the expectations for adults working with the youth group?
  7. 7. How do you begin?Do you have a registration rosterWhat communication vehicles exist for youth in your congregation?Review social networking policies with DRE and/or ministerHave you made sure that your information has been given to your DRE for a background check?
  8. 8. Before Meeting with the Youth GroupHave you met with your fellow youth advisors? Consider a SMG approach…Are there greater goals in the congregation which the youth group should be responsive to? Ex. Having more multigenerational services or social justice efforts; milestone events; new initiatives (Standing on the Side of Love)
  9. 9. Youth Group In-GatheringIt’s time for the first youth group/youth class….consider:Hospitality-recruit at least 2 returning youth to be greetersBe Intentional-go through last year’s list of participants/visitors to send out a facebook and/or e-mail invite for the first session
  10. 10. In-Gathering, cont.Before the first sessionrecruit adults and youth to make the space welcomingare there special needs considerations…does the space reflect a welcoming feeling for a “new start,” or does the space only reflect former attendees and/or former activities
  11. 11. Balance Structure and CreativityConsider a structured session allowing time for fellowship, creativity and for building a covenantBe prepared that first session with a chalice lighting and consider a brief small group ministry session (at least 30 minutes)
  12. 12. Creating the CovenantWith a youth co-leader in the covenant processbegin with a template of former covenants, weave the congregation’s covenant into this (if there is one)Model good facilitation skills in this process, give examples of “Step up, step Back; speaking with one voice; assuming best possible motive, etc…)
  13. 13. Resist Going Right to Goals/TaskThe inclination is often to get right to “work,” setting goals for the year, assigning roles, etc…attend to group process and governance (how decisions are made)Take this time to review the 6 components of a balanced youth program (have the 6 components posted throughout the space)
  14. 14. Six Components of A BalancedYouth ProgramWorshipCommunity BuildingSocial ActionLearningLeadership DevelopmentYouth-Adult Relations http://www.uua.org/re/youth/leading/45563.shtml
  15. 15. Six “Killers” of a Healthy YouthProgramUnqualified AdvisorsLack of PlanningUnbalanced ActivitiesUnwelcoming AtmosphereLack of Church supportBad Communication (Jack Brand)
  16. 16. Safe Congregation IssuesReview your congregation’s safety policies, covenant with your fellow advisors to adhere to these policiesBe on board with these policies – they protect our youth, but are also there for your protection – use a team approach, strive for 2 adults to always be working together with youth
  17. 17. Youth Faith Development Unitarian Universalist youth leadership development lays a groundwork for enabling young people to realize that they are moral agents, capable of making a difference in the lives of others…(and to) Accept that they are responsible for the stewardship and creative transformation of their UU religious heritage and community of faith. Vision Statement from Tapestry of Faith, http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/62884.shtml
  18. 18. Youth Ministry Working Group – A newdirection with five core values…. A vision of youth ministry which is: -congregationally based -spirit and faith centered -counter oppressive -inclusive and multicultural, and Grounded in multigenerational faith communities (Youth Ministry Working Group, www.uua.org/youthministry)
  19. 19. The Steps to Building Community For over 20 years one of the central pillars of UU youth ministry was the “Steps to Building Community” – bonding, opening up, affirming, stretching, deeper sharing and goal setting. The “steps” illuminate a group process, but there is a need for a deeper grounding Do you have a process of evaluating your goals for youth leadership development, using those 6 components: worship, leadership, youth/adult relations; community building, social action and learning?
  20. 20. A deeper grounding … Unitarian Universalist congregations are called to start and maintain youth groups; fostering leadership and spirituality with youth, and building communities wherein all youth are affirmed, empowered, and spiritually nourished. Consider integrating four strands…ethical development, spiritual development, Unitarian Universalist Identity and faith development
  21. 21. Pathways for Youth LeadershipDevelopmentInvite youth to plan, participate in and lead worship, multigenerational programs, social justice projects, etc…Create opportunities for youth to engage in spiritual reflection through small group ministries and/or other programs
  22. 22. Pathways to Youth LeadershipDevelopmentRecruit and train youth to serve on congregational boards and committees(not just youth specific committees or the RE committee)(Youth on Board, www.youthonboard.org)
  23. 23. Widen Youth Voices and ParticipationTake time to evaluate in your congregation the possibilities for youth to be full members – what are your guidelines for membershipComing of Age programs and membershipAre all of your committees, task forces, boards, etc…open to youth leadership?
  24. 24. The “Developmental” part of youthministry Key developmental tasks of the middle adolescence stage (ages 15-18) 1) finding a valued place in a constructive group 2) cultivating problem-solving skills 3) acquiring support systems and knowing how to use them 4) finding ways to be useful to others 5) finding ways to feel a sense of basic self-worth (Nurturing Children and Youth:A Development Guidebook)
  25. 25. Next steps: What will you do to reach out to other youth advisors in your area/district/region? Be an advocate for youth in the congregation Set an early goal for youth leadership development – send them to Youth Midwest Leadership School, www.mwls.org Check out the “Luminary Leaders” program, http://www.uua.org/re/youth/leading/luminary/index-shtml
  26. 26. Q&A
  27. 27. Thank You

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