Not K–8: K to Life

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 9th 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments

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From Cradle to Incarceration The road to prison and exclusion from society begins for many as soon as they start school. Sonali Kolhatkar in her post, “Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’“, first published on TruthDig.com, and excerpted from Commondreams.org, notes that while African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americans, nearly 50% of prison inmates are black and that their exclusion from society begins with discriminatory disciplinary practices at schools. From Kolhatkar’s post: Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for…

Springtime is Bridge Time!

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 1st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, youth // no comments

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Bridge Jumping – Not Off, Across Bridging (transitioning to young adulthood) is an important time in a youth’s life. Do your part to help our transitioning youth make new connections and maintain their faith! Urge them to take part in the Bridge Connections program. AIN’T NO MAGIC ABOUT IT! The Bridge Connections Program makes the connection happen by keeping the connection alive: You help collect their contact info now through our secure online form and we  connect them in the fall with a congregation, campus ministry group, young adult group, or other UU community in their new area.       AND IT AIN’T OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY We’re doing it a little differently…

Visit the Unitarian Universalist Association

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 21st 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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Virtually Now, and Soon in Person Although visits to the offices of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) at 25 Beacon Street are now limited to a virtual tour, and visits to the new UUA offices at 24 Farnsworth Street will not be possible through the summer, you can prepare your youth group visit to Boston now with information on lodging, walking tours and trip planning resources – scroll down to the bottom for a link to the illuminating “Visiting Boston with Youth” downloadable PDF. New information on visiting the UUA offices at 24 Farnsworth Street will be be updated to “Visiting Boston with Youth” as it becomes available.   Follow “Join the Move” for updates…

Teens and Their Social Media

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 13th 2014 // Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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Connecting, Despite Everything The increasing diversity in family life-style, advent of two-income families, limited public resources, shortened school days and paring instruction down to core subjects crete the impetus to place youth in structured after-school activities. The casualty of this has been “hang-out time”, when youth could interact in less structured environment and connect on their shared experience. New research suggests that young people use social media to make up for the time they no longer get to hang-out, showing that what they want most is the opportunity to connect and share with peers. This presents an opportunity for faith organizations providing a balance of strucutre and free-time in an environment conducive to growth and…

Multicultural Leadership School, July 25–29, 2014

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 25th 2014 // Mosaic // no comments

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Build a Multicultural Base The Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is a training designed specifically for Unitarian Universalist (UU) Youth and Young Adults of Color. The goal of the training is to equip participants to be leaders in their UU congregation, district or continental committee. The 3 ½ day school will feature experienced facilitators who will be intentional on providing participants with experiences that will foster relationship building, leadership skills, racial/ethnic identity development, inter-cultural collaboration and deepening of faith identity. Learn more about the program and apply here.  

Talking ‘Bout Birds ‘n Bees

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 13th 2014 // Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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 The future of faith will be determined as much by its ability to create fulfilling spiritual experience as it will by its usefulness and relevancy addressing real questions that people can’t get answered elsewhere. We re-post this response by a Unitarian Universalist youth to an article that appeared on The Atlantic questioning the value and propriety of sex-education in public schools.–Ed.   A 16-Year-Old Reflects on the Sex Ed Classes She Took at 6 and 13   by Conor Friedersdorf A journey from surprise to bashfulness to appreciation.   In response to my recent article on a sex education controversy, “Should Public Schools Teach 13-Year-Old’s About Grinding,” a 16-year-old girl offers her thoughts:    …

Light A Fire!

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 11th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments

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Transform Your Smoldering Interest: Be a Social Justice Catalyst The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice has added programs to better train the next generation of leaders on issues of social justice Check out opportunities in experiential learning, youth justice training and global justice internships.           Experiential Learning Journeys: Transformative journeys to Haiti, Mexico, India, and several U.S. locations will introduce you and your congregation to the justice work of UUA and UUSC partners, and help you make the connection to struggles in your own community. Youth Justice Trainings: We’re adding new trainings each year where high school youth gain inspiration through a terrific combination of justice theory and hands-on experience…

Growing Leaders for Peace

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 28th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth // no comments

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Recognize Peacemakers Apply for the prize or nominate a deserving Unitarian Universalist youth or young adult. The 2014 Peace First Prize is an opportunity to lift-up the powerful contributions of youth peacemakers. The Prize recognizes 5-10 young people between the ages of 8-22 for their compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change. Through a two-year $25,000 Peace First Fellowship Peace First will invest in their leadership as peacemakers and share their stories with the nation.   Faith – and Experience. Peace First is founded on the premise that young people can learn to lead and make peace in new and different ways because of their youth. Unitarian Universalist youth are excellent candidates for the…

Open Minds and Open Hearts are Made

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 28th 2014 // Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Determining, “Who am I?”, does not happen in  isolation. Jessica York, Director of Faith Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) reminds us in her post originally appearing on Call and Response, the blog of the Office of Faith Formation at the UUA, reminds us that identity is formed in context with and relationship to others, sameness and difference. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA has published a resource , Be the Change!, multiculturalism and anti-racism for youth.–Ed. Identity Formation, Faith Formation: Educating UU Youth by Jessica York The Indian philosopher, Chanakya (350-283 BCE), said, “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty…

Equal, Though Separate

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 16th 2013 // Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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Youth is not a barrier to faith in community, but the way youth are separated from congregation can be. Kate Murphy, in her post Is Youth Ministry Killing the Church? from The Christian Century blog, relates how observing a member of youth ministry respond to loss in the congregation caused her to rethink her role as a youth ministry advisor.   Is youth ministry killing the church? After having worked for several years as a youth pastor, I recently accepted a call to be an interim solo pastor. One weekend, Sara, a beloved saint of the church, died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. On Sunday morning I was standing in the choir room discussing…