PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes. It will not be updated in the future, and some links may no longer work properly.  For more up-to-date information, please visit the Mid America UUA site.  Thank you!

Youth Programs

PSD Staff

The Coordinator of Emerging Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Prairie Star, Central Midwest, and Heartland districts (which comprise MidAmerica Region) works closely with our member congregations to look at new and emerging models of youth and young adult ministries.

Nancy Combs-Morgan
yaya@midamericauua.org

More youth resources are available on the Mid-America Region website.

Information and links to registration forms for CONs and other youth events in the District. This is not necessarily a complete list since we are not always provided with this information from congregations. We add it when and if we are given correct information from the sponsor of the event.

Youth are welcome to attend: the MidAmerica Regional Assembly in April each year. Youth Midwest Leadership School in Beloit, Wisconsin. Camp UniStar offers two youth weeks in June each year.

It Gets Better Campaign

UUA Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office video which is a response to gay teen suicides due to bullying. If you and/or your congregation or youth group have made a video, please notify youth [at] uua [dot] org.

First Universalist Church of Minneapolis made an It Gets Better video. It’s a wonderful testimony to the commitment and ministry of welcome and love of this congregation! Thanks, First Universalist!

Youth Ministry Working Group Report

The 2009 report from the Youth Ministry Working Group convened by Reverend Bill Sinkford, then UUA President, to examine our youth ministry and make recommendations for improvement

Resources for LGBTQAI Youth

Program Ideas

Here are a few program resources to try:

Deep Fun Games and Activities

Resources for programming for UU youth. Contains resources for all areas of youth programming listed below.

 

The Six Components of a Balanced Youth Program

Worship

Red is for worship; the heart, compassion, and love we share together. Don’t forget, the “R” in YRUU is for “religious.” YRUU is a spiritual and religious home for youth. Worship is an important and sacred part of many UU youth events. Youth worship tends to be interactive and non-traditional. It often takes place in a circle, with sharing as a focus. Many youth groups also put on Youth Sunday worship services in congregations. Worship is a time and place where we can share YRUU spirituality and caring with the larger community.

Community Building

In literature, yellow is the color of memory and reminiscence. It honors our friends and loved ones, and the social aspects of youth programs. Community building, or socializing, is a time for people to get to know one another, time devoted to “hanging out.” Some of the most valuable experiences in YRUU happen during social activities. This is the time to bond together, share values, establish trust, generate intimacy, and practice acceptance. Community building is the time to share our liberal religious values by getting to know one another.

Social Action

Green is the color for treating the earth and each other responsibly. Green is for social action. Because youth have passionate opinions about social issues, the youth in this denomination have been at the forefront of social action activities. YRUU is a place for youth to express and explore our values, to put action behind our concerns. Social action projects are an important way for YRUUers to put hands and feet on our principles while having fun.

Learning

In some eastern philosophies, blue represents intellectual growth and mental energy. Almost every aspect of YRUU can provide learning experiences for youth. RE curricula are great resources for learning in YRUU. However, curricula do not provide the only learning opportunities for youth. YRUU is a great place for discussion — sparked by the topic of a guest speaker, movie, or from youth’s own experiences. YRUU is a safe place to expand our horizons and to learn more about the world around us.

Leadership

Purple, the color of royalty, represents leadership and self-governance. One of biggest contributions YRUU makes to our denomination is the development of youth leadership. YRUU is primarily a youth-led organization in which youth have the opportunity to learn and practice their leadership skills. Leadership in YRUU is different from other models of leadership in our culture. In YRUU, leadership is about learning how to work together, facilitate, reach consensus, foster cooperation, and make sure every person gets heard.

Youth-Adult Relations

Fuschia is the color of the bond between youth and their elders. Youth-Adult Relations, the last but certainly not least important component of a balanced youth program, is essential to youth empowerment. YRUU communities where youth and adults work together and have power with each other have huge potential. Intergenerational environments encourage all of the other components of youth programming. Youth and adults can learn from each other, experience youth worship, build community, empower each other to lead, and make a difference in the world through social action.

Useful Links for Youth and Young Adults

Here are some other sites you might find interesting.

Site Description Address
Unitarian Universalist Association Information about UU denomination www.uua.org
UUA Youth Website Information and resources for youth programs http://www.uua.org/re/youth
History of Consultation on Ministry To and With Youth UUA’s process to revise, renew and support UU committment to youth 2004-2006 http://www.uua.org/re/youth/know/workinggroup/history
Equality Forum Info on GBLT civil rights http://www.equalityforum.com
UUA Bookstore UU Book resources http://www.uuabookstore.org/
UUA Young Adult Website Online database for youth and young adult events http://www.uua.org/re/youngadults
Chicago Chalice Connection Online community of UU young adults in Chicago area www.chicagochaliceconnection.org
Uni-Uniques UU t-shirts and stuff www.uniuniques.com
Chalice Jewelry Sweet-lookin' jewelry www.chaliceart.com

YAC Guidelines for Youth Conferences

FOR HISTORICAL ARCHIVE PURPOSES ONLY

The Framework

In order for participants to grow and mature in self worth, inclusiveness is essential. In planning for youth events and conferences, we recommend:

  • Acceptance and celebration of the rich diversity of lifestyles, backgrounds, and spirituality.
  • Education about the damaging effects of prejudice and bigotry.
  • Accessibility of facilities and activities for those with special needs.
  • A commitment to resolve conflicts through discussion and mediation while avoiding verbal and emotional violence.
  • Language and actions consistent with the goal of an inclusive community.

Youth Zone

Prairie Star District Youth - Your source for youth programming information, at least as much information as we are given

 

WELCOME Youth and those who care about youth!

The Prairie Star District Youth (PSY) organization was a member of the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU). Youth from over 60 Unitarian Universalist congregations in the north central U.S.

Our purpose was to foster spiritual depth and create sacred community through teaching of and living by our Unitarian Universalist principles.

We strove to promote a greater understanding of Unitarian Universalism by nurturing the freedom and integrity of the questioning mind and embracing diversity.

We recognized the value of communication and created networks that enhance open dialogs.

A voice for the future.

We exist to rock. 

Blessed Be

OUR PRINCIPLES

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equality and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and use of the democratic process
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence

Why do you participate in UU Youth activites?

You can be what you are and how you want to be, and you are not judged.

I’ve found a community where people feel safe, no matter what they say or do.

Everyone is cool. It’s fun!

I need a place with liberal thinkers and people of different opinions.

We talk about important issues that no one wants to talk about at school.

I like that at YRUU it is understood that you can trust each other.

Not everyone has to think the same.

YRUU groups are inclusive, caring and safe places where gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual youth feel welcomed and affirmed.

We commit to work for justice in ways that are inclusive, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and multicultural.