Sana Saeed, Director of Youth Programs

Youth Programs in the Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

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“You and I
we make the circle
if we choose to.”

Rev. Marta I. Valentín, from “Waiting,” in Voices From the Margins 
(Rev. Marta is a Latinx UU Minister and the Harvard Divinity School UU Denominational Counselor)
As our year begins, I’m so excited to welcome the incoming 9th graders joining us in Coming of Age and the 10th -12th graders joining us in Youth Group this year. I’m especially excited and humbled to be making another journey with you all this year with our fabulous mentors, advisers and Youth Committee members who support our programming as dedicated volunteers.
If you’re new to the Youth Programs at First Church in Belmont, welcome. Find more information about Youth Group here and Coming of Age here.

Parent Orientations

  • Coming of Age Parent Orientation: Thursday, September 14th at 7:30pm in Parish Hall.
  • Youth Group Parent Orientation: Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00pm in Parish Hall.
This year the first session of Coming of Age will take place on Sunday, September 17th from 2:00 – 3:30pm. This time allows for 9th graders in the musical to be able to join both COA and the musical.
Youth Group’s first session will take place on Sunday, September 10th from 6:00 – 7:00pm for the elected members of the Youth Advisory Committee, and 7:00 – 9:00pm for Youth Group.

Register & Fees

Parents, please remember to register your youth for COA and YG this year, if you haven’t already. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/GowFmBgNI5JwXRrx2
The registration cost for the year for both programs is $150 per youth. Scholarships are available, please email me at ssaeed@uubelmont.org for more information. This fee helps cover snacks for weekly meetings and any materials needed for activities. Please note that retreats, overnights and another off site events may include additional fees.

If you can’t make it to the parent orientation for either COA or YG, or both, please let me know and we can meet at a separate time, preferably before the programs start.

Calendars for Youth Programs

Click the links below to download the COA and YG Calendars for 2017-2018. Please keep in mind due to youth needs the calendar is subject to change over the course of the year. I’ll keep you updated of any changes as they occur. The dates are also on the main calendar for the church on our website.
As always if you have any questions please feel free to email me, Sana Saeed, at ssaeed@uubelmont.org or call at 617-484-1054, ext. 11.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon! 🙂
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Tags: Belmont, High-school, Youth, Youth Program, Youth Programs

YG in Support of the Declaration of Conscience

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We the youth group of the First Church in Belmont support this declaration of conscience released by the UUA.

At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.

And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.

We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.

As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.

We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.

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Tags: Conscience, Statement, Youth

Youth Group Statement to Invest Responsibly and Divest From Fossil Fuels

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To the congregation of the First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist:

We the Youth Group are releasing this statement in support of the vote to invest responsibly. We know that our world and our lives will be harmed by global warming. On our service trip we also saw how climate change and mining coal are destroying the environment and communities in West Virginia. It worries us. We and our children will bear the full brunt of climate change. To stop global warming, every individual, every organization, and every government needs to do everything it can to stop burning fossil fuels. As a UU congregation whose values include the preservation of the interdependent web of life, we should be the first and the most willing to do everything we can. So we, the undersigned members of the Youth Group, call upon our congregation to divest from fossil fuels. Please do this. It’s one of the many important things we can do right now. Please don’t let fossil fuel companies use our money to extract and sell fossil fuels. Let’s stand together to put our values into action.

Youth Group Members 2017

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Tags: Climate Change, Divestment, Youth

Updated Youth Group Calendar for the Spring!

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Hello everyone! Here’s an updated YG Calendar for the Spring. Please add the dates to your calendars. 

Saturday, Feb 4 – Babysitting Fundraiser for Church Auction (youth will be assigned based on who signed up during YG in the last two Sundays)

Sunday, February 5 – Bake Sale fundraisers for both services (Remember to check if you signed up on the signup list emailed a few weeks ago)

            – Youth Group Superbowl Party 6pm at Cam’s House (details emailed)

Sunday, February 12 – YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm (mandatory for trip participants)

8am, Sunday, February 19 – 9pm, Sun., Feb. 26 – Service-Learning Trip

 

Sunday, March 5 – Potluck at YG member’s home

Sunday, March 12 – 12:30pm Service Trip Reflections/Presentation (Parish Hall)

–       YAC 6pm, YG 7-9pm

Sunday, March 19 –  YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm

Friday, March 24 – YG Dance/Karaoke Party 7pm 

Sunday, March 26 –  YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm – Plan Youth Service

 

Sunday, April 2 –  YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm – Plan Youth Service

Sunday, April 9 –  YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm – Plan Youth Service

Sunday, April 16 No YG (Easter/ School Vacation Week)

Sunday, April 23 –  YAC 6:15pm, YG 7-9pm – Plan Youth Service

Saturday, April 29 – Youth Service Rehearsal 4-6pm, Youth & Families Potluck 6-8:30pm

Sunday, April 30 – Youth Service 9am and 11am

 

Friday, May 5 – YG Bridging & Overnight, YAC 7:30pm, YG 8:30pm

Sunday, May 14 – Attend COA Ceremony 9am or 11am (Mother’s Day)

Saturday, May 20 (11am) – Sunday, May 21 (12pm)  – Grade 9 & 10 Retreat (Camp Nihan)

Sunday, May 28 – No YG Memorial Day Weekend

 

Sunday, June 4 – (Graduation weekend)

Sunday, June 11 – Flower Communion 11am & Picnic

 

Acronyms:

YAC (Youth Advisory Committee) 

YG (Youth Group)

COA (Coming of Age)

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YG Service Trip to West Virginia Slide Show

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YG hosted a multi-generational event on West Virginia in partnership with the Adults Program Committee and Social Action Committee. We had a great turn out to hear our three speakers from West Virginia who responded deeply to questions during a panel discussion moderated by Al Hughes, a YG member. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to show the powerpoint that another YG member, Rachel Iler-Keniston put together, but here is the slideshow online! It’s great overview of what we’ll be doing during our service trip. Thanks to everyone who made it out! 

 

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Tags: Adult Programs Committee, Multi-generational, Sac, Social Action Committee, West Virginia, Youth, Youth Group