A Radically Inclusive Community

The Youth Group strives to create an open and supportive environment where teenagers can be themselves and connect with a compassionate community. Largely youth led, but supervised and guided by our Director of Youth Programs and our volunteer Youth Advisors, we practice leadership skills, engage in social action, explore spirituality, and model Unitarian Universalist principles in an inclusive community. Youth Group engages its members in a mix of large and small group activities, which combine thoughtful discussion and reflection with fun and action! We play games, search for meaning, and make time for quiet reflection in the midst of our busy and sometimes pressured lives. We also plan and take part in weekend retreats, fundraisers, social events, and a week of service throughout the year.
Group of about 50 high-schoolers

Service Trips

Every other year, YG goes on a service trip. This year (2017) 43 of us went to West Virginia where we volunteered at the Wade Center to help with school renovations. We also had the opportunity to learn about the environmental issues impacting WV because of mountaintop removal with a local activist who gave us a day-long tour of the mountaintop sites impacted. In reflections during a service, senior Jasper Wolf, described seeing a mountaintop removal site as “a human with no face. No nose, eyes or mouth”. The impact of the trip led to youth organizing the church to divest from fossil fuels and endorse the statement of conscience.

Meetings:  Sunday nights at 6pm for elected Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) members and 7-9pm for Youth Group 

Registration is required. The Youth Group Fee is $150.00 per youth for the year. Scholarships are available; please email me at ssaeed@uubelmont.org for more information.

Click here to download the 2017-18 YOUTH GROUP CALENDAR

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is made up of 2-3 youth leaders per grade and adult Youth Advisors.  They meet an hour before each Youth Group session to set an agenda for the session. They also meet in the beginning of the year to plan and create a vision for the group. This is their vision from last year: YAC Purpose: Create a safe environment for all Youth Groupers; Instill order and maintain fairness, equality and justice with Youth Group; Plan and facilitate Youth Group; Organize and address events and issues; Brainstorm new ideas. Dreams: Have Youth Groupers who are not grade reps attend YAC; Have YAC members focus their attention for the entire meeting. Goals: Have 2+ grade reps for every class at every YAC meeting; Call someone to cover if grade rep can’t make it; Come to YAC prepared and cover agenda smoothly; Create excellent worships. Youth Group Purpose: Belong to a safe environment for worship and community building; Have a trustworthy place for self expression and discovery; Participate in volunteer service and have fun. Dreams: Have perfect attendance; Have everyone feel completely included; Reach out to increase Youth Group members. Goals: Provide more structure and more time for people to bond in family groups; Have diverse participation of YGers in different roles; Gradually deepen the curriculum.

Group of approximatele 30 youth sitting in a cirlce on the floor

Questions or comments?

Contact Sana Saeed, Director of Youth Programs, at 617-484-1054 ext. 11 or email ssaeed@uubelmont.org