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.
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 Rooms 203-204.
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 203-204.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) for middle schoolers (offered in alternating years – scheduled for 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.
Adults who have been specifically trained for this curriculum lead OWL courses. Advance registration is required, along with parental/guardian permission.
Coming of Age (CoA) for 9th Graders
Many cultures have a rite of passage that recognizes the transition from childhood to youth years and young adulthood. The Unitarian Universalist tradition’s rite of passage is known as “Coming of Age.” This year-long program is rooted in inquiry, service and worship and culminates in a Sunday morning worship service that is a highlight for our youth, their families and our congregation.
Adults who have been trained and have experience with this curriculum lead the program. Advance registration is required.