If you are new to being a Youth Adviser or Youth Coordinator in your congregation, this is the webinar to watch. There is a review of the basics in youth programming, safety issue review, and new resources/models for youth ministry in UU congregations. Facilitated by Nancy Combs-Morgan, MidAmerica Region UUA Coordinator of Emerging Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
Youth Leadership Development Resources
Youth Ministry Working Group - www.uua.org/youthministry
This report presents concrete steps for building vibrant youth ministries throughout our Association. “User guides” are also provided to aide your congregation in engaging with the report.
The Mosaic Project - http://www.uua.org/leaders/idbm/multiculturalism/mosaic/index.shtml
This report should be considered along with the Youth Ministry Working Group report, and specifically addresses the needs of youth and young adults of color.
Youth on Board – www.youthonboard.org
An organization with resources aimed at assisting organizations who want to bring youth into leadership. If you are considering youth on your board or as part of your committees, they have resources for you.
When Youth Lead: A Guide to Intergenerational Social Justice Ministry by Jill Schwendemen – available at the UUA bookstore. Including 101 Youth Projects, When Youth Lead articulates a vision as well as deals with the concrete issues around youth-led service that involves the congregation. http://www.uua.org/documents/bookstore/ad_whenyouthlead.pdf
Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook, by Tracey L. Hurd: http://www.uuabookstore.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=706 Available at the UUA bookstore. Including three chapters on developmental issues of teens.
“Reports outline new model of UU Youth Ministry”: www.uuworld.org/news/articles/142553.shtml
“Make It Better Project”: http://makeitbetterproject.org
UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: “We are committed to Helping Make It better now” video to support queer youth: http://www.vimeo.com/16855125
Facebook: “UU Youth Ministry”: http://www.facebook.com/UUYouthMinistry
Trevor Project, helpline: (866)4-U-Trevor: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
“It Gets Better Videos” UU Blogs, http://blogs.uuworld.org/web/2010/10/15/teen-suicide-praying-uu/