Youth/Coming of Age
Our youth programs are currently being actively developed to facilitate more learning and community opportunities for youth and young-adults. In the meantime, we encourage youth to register for our Coming of Age and Our Whole Lives programs here, and to visit the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder’s page website here for additional programs.
Coming of Age (CoA) Introduction – This year-long program is designed to mark the transition from childhood to youth – not quite an adult, but not a child either. The program typically begins in 8th grade. With the support of adult Guides, the youth themselves explore themes relevant to them, while building a supportive community within their Unitarian Universalist faith. By participating in Coming of Age, we hope that the youth will:
- Assume responsibility for their own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being;
- Gain self-confidence and realize that their feelings are valid and that their opinions matter;
- Expand their vision of the world by allowing them to encounter differing views, cultures, and life experiences;
- Understand they have an important role in their family, their congreation, and the larger community;
- Develop a personal value system; and
- Realize they are non-judgmentally accepted in our UU communities, and that it is a safe place for them to be themselves.
The Coming of Age program is a powerful experience for the youth, and is also a time of transition for the teen’s parents and family life. Parental involvement is essential and we encourage parent/guardian participation at a monthly parent workshop. Please pay special attention to the events on the COAcalendar, where parents and youth attend together, they are listed in BOLD.
CoA youth and Guides meet approximately twice a month, Sundays from 12:30-2:30pm.
The CoA Program also includes two retreats, participation in service projects, talks about the “big questions” in life, writing credo statements, playing games, getting to know one another, and lots of laughter! All of this will end with a final celebration and community recognition on Youth Sunday, typically in May. This is a fee-based program and scholarships are available.
Contact the Youth Coordinator at YouthCoordinator@bvuuf.org for more information about the CoA Program