UUCG Youth Group
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Youth Group events and activities have been on a hiatus, but we’re coming back!
Gwinnett County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
All Youth are invited to march with UUCG in the Gwinnett County MLK Parade on Monday, January 16th, 2017!
Because this event takes place on the Monday they are off from school, the Advisors will facilitate an all-day event including participation in the parade and lunch, followed by games and activities back at the church.
All interested Youth will meet at UUCG in the parking lot at 10:00 am on Monday, 1/16. Youth Advisors will transport them to Central Gwinnett High School. From where they will proceed together to the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center (at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville), where the Parade is scheduled to commence at 11:00. The parade route takes us down Highway 29 to Moore Middle School.
The parade route is about 2.5 miles long, so bring comfortable shoes for walking, and wear WINTER WEATHER-APPROPRIATE clothing!
They should also bring their own water bottle, and money for lunch.
Following the parade, the Youth will go for lunch and then return to the church, where we will also be celebrating Gabriela’s birthday, so come prepared to PARTY!
Pickup will be at UUCG at 6:00pm
Baking Day on December 10; Bake Sale on December 11
All are encouraged to bring money to shop at the bake sale, hosted by our UUCG Youth, on Sunday, December 11. The funds raised from this event will benefit the congregation.
(Learn more about donating ingredients (or the money to purchase them) or baked goods for the fundraiser.)
Notes from the Advisors:
In August, we had a successful and exciting Youth Group Lock-In. While we were small in number, we were mighty in voice!
- We built tall monuments of marshmallows and spaghetti, and we were successfully able to best even the hottest of lava.
- We discussed some events for the upcoming calendar, including visits to Six Flags, a Buddhist Temple, the Hindu Temple in Lilburn, and a big party.
- We were able to decide on a “totally tubular” mission statement for our group involving some goals we would like to achieve for ourselves.
We’re fairly close to deciding our what our service project will be this year, and we’ve already got some great ideas planned for events like the PRIDE parade in October and the Bake Sale around the winter holidays.
We invite all teens to join us at our next Youth Group meeting on the third Sunday of the month, and we look forward to hearing your ideas!
Your UUCG Youth Advisors,
Amanda, Heather, Josh, and Brendan
Welcome New Youth Group Advisors!
We welcome four new adult advisors: Brendan Strallow, Amanda Murray, Josh Sims, and Heather Robalik. They all attended a weekend Youth Advisor Training in Asheville in June, led by UUA Southern Region staff. There they networked with other UU Adult Advisors, developed close friendships with each other, and learned about developing a supportive and engaging youth program.
Brendan has been assisting with the UUCG youth group the past two years and brings a passion for youth ministry through his own experiences as a UU youth and young adult. He and his wife, Meghan, have been members since December 2012.
Amanda is a former high school teacher now in the final stages to becoming a certified licensed counselor. She is active on our Racial Equity Organizing Team, participated in a Covenant Group, and has been active in several aspects of congregational life. Amanda joined UUCG in April, 2016.
Josh is a former video instructor at Gwinnett Tech and owner/lead producer of the Paper Rocket Picture Company. He has served as an adult advisor in another faith tradition and looks forward to working with teens in a Unitarian Universalist context. Josh and his wife, Katlin, have been active at UUCG through the Covenant Group program and other congregational activities. They will be signing the membership book on August 21.
Heather brings to our team of advisors a background in youth leadership development and working with teens at risk. Heather has also been active in the last year through the Covenant Groups and other programs and will also be signing the membership book on August 21.
Youth Create Memories at the Youth Retreat in May 2016:
The UUCG Youth Group took their annual retreat on the road from the evening of April 29th to the afternoon of Sunday May 1st at Watson Mill Bridge State Park in Colbert, Georgia. The group got to experience, hiking, improv games, a trip to the river, and an opportunity to experience the wilderness while still having a log cabin to stay in. Each youth was asked to contribute ideas for next year’s program, as well as helping with meals and clean-up. Some of the highlights included seeing an equestrian competition, playing the game “Snake Oil” around a campfire, and making new friends with a youth who was staying nearby.
The group had worked all year raising money through the holiday bake-sale and the spring talent show to help pay for the expenses of the trip. Six UUCG youth and all four Youth Advisors participated in this extraordinary bonding experience.
Check back soon for news of our new Youth Advisors who will be joining the team in the coming program year, as well as more upcoming events!