In July 2014, we attended Youth Midwest Leadership School (YMWLS), a week-long UU leadership camp for UU youth in Beloit, Wisconsin. It was the best week of our lives.
We arrived with little preconception about the week's activities. We hoped for fun and eye-opening experiences. What we encountered was far more than we could have hoped for, particularly the relationships we developed with 28 other open-minded UU youth. We created a unique UU community where, together, we pursued acceptance, spirituality, communication, peace, equity, and unconditional love. We bonded until the idea of leaving sounded impossible. We departed feeling we'd evolved into new and better versions of ourselves who had experienced a real taste of what community, spirituality, and love truly means.
Do you know a youth who is fired up about social justice? Help spread the word — the UU College of Social Justice’s summer youth programs are enrolling now. Here’s what some of our past participants have to say:
“[Activate] is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. . . . I truly cannot express how good this program was for me. I’ve turned from someone who was sort of interested in social justice to a true activist, and I would never have been able to do that alone.” —Amethyst M.