Our Teens Have the Opportunity to:

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To be involved in spiritual and service activities for social interaction
To receive encouragement from other teens
To have a safe place to be heard and respected, to stretch and grow
To discover, explore and develop an inner Christ potential in an atmosphere of openness, freedom and unconditional love
To discuss with other Truth-oriented teenagers, the challenges that everyone faces in growing up and becoming independent
To have fun, plan activities and serve others with a group of accepting friends
To participate in regional and international gatherings where they can get to know other teens from Unity churches in their areas and from all over the world.

Uniteens

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Uniteens
Grades 5th to 8th
  • This group explores spiritual truths in a safe and age appropriate environment. They have the opportunity to connect with other and to take the ideas and spiritual principles shared and see how they can incorporate them into their lives. Bible and metaphysics are explored and self expression is encouraged.
  • Creative expression is done through art, games, science, food activities and storytelling.
  • Social outings are arranged periodically in order to provide a place for our preteens to socialize and to develop healthy relationships.
  • Opportunities to attend regional retreats (Unitreats) for the 6 to 8th graders are offered twice a year.

Youth of Unity

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Y.O.U.
Grades 9th to 12th
  • The focus of this group is on assisting the teens in developing leadership skills and to encourage them to have an active role in the classroom experience.
  • It is a classroom that is student led, adult guided in order to encourage leadership development.
  • This age group uses their understanding of the Bible and Truth principles to discuss and look deeper into the issues and concerns that they encounter each day.
  • This is a very active ministry. They support one another and enjoy many opportunities to explore their spirituality through social outings and other events.
  • Opportunities to attend sub-regional events, regional retreats & rallies and International gatherings are offered throughout the year and are open to the high school students.

The Lesson Structure

The teen classroom creates an atmosphere for teens to experience themselves and learn more about how to apply Unity principle to their lives. This is achieved through various group activities that include group meditation and prayer, stories, creative activities, joy songs and heart talks.

Creating an atmosphere of loving support and safety is key to any teen event. Each unique individual is accepted with open arms. Whether the emotion is laughter or tears, teens are honored for the Christ within them and accepted as an expression of God.

Active learning and peer to peer teaching are the two pillars of teen lessons. Though lessons can be on various topics such as, Unity's 5 Basic Principles, The 12 Powers, Religions of the World, or spiritual books, lessons always reflect concepts, ideas and challenges that are relevant to teens.

Teen Sponsors/Leaders
Sponsors serve as spiritual leaders, facilitators, coaches, mentors, chaperones and the liaison to the church and region. Through modeling and encouragement of sponsors, teens are often motivated to research, develop and deliver Sunday lessons to the entire chapter and even the adult congregation.
SPACE
Teen 3-Fold Focus
Spiritual
  • Weekly a spiritual lesson is offered to assist the teens in the understanding of spiritual laws and their practical application into daily life. Time is also spent in prayer and mediation and developing a consciousness of Oneness. Teens sometimes attend weekend retreats which allow for more intensive exploration of their divine nature through group workshops and interaction.
Service
  • Teens conduct projects to assist their church and community. A service project is a donation of time, love and energy to accomplish good through the service of others. Each Teen group organizes and implements a wide variety of service projects depending on the needs of the group, church and community.
Social
  • Teens believe in celebrating life and appreciate the joy of togetherness. They take leadership roles in creating fun activities.
Teen Leadership Development
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Sponsors help to guide and direct the teens to encourage their spiritual growth.
Sponsors are a "coach" and work with teens in planning and presenting the Sunday experience.
Sponsors also encourage the development of teen officers and meet with them at least once a month to plan the Sunday lessons, set up a 3-month calendar of events for the Y.O.U. Chapter.
Sponsors act as mentors and encourage Y.O.Uers to take responsibility for their own circumstances and to apply Unity principles to their situations.
Along with helping the Y.O.Uers to grow spiritually, a very important role of the sponsor is to help develop leadership with the teens, which will benefit them in all areas of their lives.

Middle School Regional Events

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Middle Schoolers can participate in regional events called Unitreats and smaller area wide events.
A Unitreat is a weekend Spiritual retreat specifically designed for Unity middle school students which includes: large group activities and small group activities called "Funshops." The funshops are comprised of a variety of activities what reflect the spiritual intention of the retreat. They can be made of music, crafts, movement, games, meditation, and other activities. There is also time spent in “Spirit Groups’ which give the students opportunities to get to know people in a small group setting.
Requirements to Attend
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Must be active in a Unity church in the Great Lakes Region, (Active means attended on Sundays on a regular basis.)
Must be in 6th to 8th grade and at least 11 years old
Must be able to honor heart agreements and function in a group setting
Must attend the entire weekend from check-in on Friday through closing ceremonies on Sunday
Must complete both chapter and personal service hours.
Youth with special challenges requiring close, personal adult supervision should be accompanied by a parent or familiar adult who will be responsible for this student only.
SPACE
Adult Leadership Required
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A minimum of 2 adults from UNW must travel and stay with the group at the camp facility for the entire weekend
A background check must be on file at UNW for each adult attending local, regional and national events
Coed groups require coed leadership
Drivers for each group must be at least 25 years old with a valid driver’s license and good driving record
Seat belts must be provided for and used by all occupants of cars and vans

High School Regional/National Events

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High Schoolers can participate in area wide events, fall retreat, June rally and the IYOU conference.
High School events are Spiritual events specifically designed for Unity high school students. The events vary in length 3-day weekends to week-long gatherings. Activities include: large group activities and small group activities. All events are comprised of a variety of activities what reflect the spiritual intention of the retreat. They can be made of music, crafts, movement, games, meditation, and other activities. There is also time spent in “Family Groups’ which give the students opportunities to get to know people in a small group setting.
Requirements to Attend
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Must be active in a Unity church in the Great Lakes Region, (Active means attended on Sundays on a regular basis.)
Must be a teen at least 14 years of age or in 9th – 12th grade
Must be able to honor heart agreements and function in a group setting
Must attend the entire event, from beginning to end.
Must complete both chapter and personal service hours.
Youth with special challenges requiring close, personal adult supervision should be accompanied by a parent or familiar adult who will be responsible for this student only.
SPACE
Adult Leadership Required
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A minimum of 2 adults from UNW must travel and stay with the group at the camp facility for the entire weekend
A background check must be on file at UNW for each adult attending local, regional and national events
Coed groups require coed leadership
Drivers for each group must be at least 25 years old with a valid driver’s license and good driving record
Seat belts must be provided for and used by all occupants of cars and vans