Coming of Age is a year-long mentoring program for 8th-10th graders to deepen their understanding of their Unitarian Universalist faith and articulate their own beliefs. Participants are given the opportunity to connect with a group of adult mentors from the congregation and meet throughout the church year, following a curriculum put together by the Unitarian Universalist Association. The program is enhanced through participation in retreats put on by the Pacific Central District, so youth are able to gather with youth from other Unitarian Universalist churches in California. These retreats involve activities such as team building through a ropes course, service to homeless people in San Francisco with the Faithful Fools, and a personal reflection time in the redwoods. At the end of the year, the youth make statements of their self-developed credo to the congregation in a service.
|This program generally operates every other year and is taking place in the 2017-2018 year.
Please contact Janise Barajas-Rennie, Director of Lifespan Learning & Family Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The program is open to any youth entering 8th-10th
Mentors are selected from the congregation and work with the youth as a group. They are asked to commit to being present with the youth throughout the church year. There is a required mentor retreat training. Mentors are encouraged to participate in one or all of the three district retreats. It is a wonderful opportunity to provide meaningful input and influence on the life of a youth as they shape their own beliefs and values.