Youth Programs

Youth Groups and Programs

First Parish offers several programs for youth in grades 6-12. Some programs meet weekly; others meet monthly or on a custom-designed schedule.  Registration for all programs is now open and is required for participation (although visitors are welcome!)

Junior Youth Group – 6th through 8th Grades

Our middle school-aged youth gather for games, socializing, social action projects, and discussions on topical issues in a supportive environment.
Parts of the popular middle school curriculum “Popcorn Theology” are also used on a monthly basis.  The program is co-led by
Deborah Weiner, Interim Director of Religious Education and Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken, Parish Minister.
The group meets on Wednesday afternoons, 3:30-5pm in Room 202.

Senior Youth Program – 9th through 12th Grades

Our senior high youth engage in games, workshops on topics that support their ability to deal with contemporary issues, and service projects.
Some of the “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) curriculum for high school students are also offered (parental permission is required for participation),
and overnights and field trips are also part of the mix!  The group meets on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 PM in Rooms 202-203.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) for middle schoolers, Grades 8 and 9 (offered in 2019-2020)

OWL is a program of comprehensive sexuality education based on a philosophy that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions
about their sexual health and behavior. Comprehensive sexuality education, grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, provides facts about anatomy and
human development and also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social
and political aspects of sexuality.  This program meets on Sunday mornings, 10-11:30 AM in Room 204.

Adults who have been specifically trained for this curriculum lead OWL courses. Advance registration is required, along with parental/guardian permission.  An attendance requirement is part of the commitment participants make to enroll in this class.

Families:  A Photojournalism Course for High Schoolers (new for 2019/20)

What makes a family?  Gathering with peers to enjoy sociability, bagels and discuss issues of the day, participants in grades 9 and 10 will use photojournalism techniques to develop a presentation of how they see “family” – both separately and together as a group.  This program is being tested for use at First Parish and offers a combination of community-building, social connection time, food and exploration of learning and values.  This program meets on Sunday mornings, 10-11:30 AM in Room L01 (the REsource Library).