10th – 12th Grade
In our programming for high school students, we seek to offer a broad range of activities to meet the changing needs and interests of our youth as they approach young adulthood.
For more information about what's happening this year, please consult the RE Program Summary.
YRUU – High School Youth Group
YRUU, or Young Religious Unitarian Universalists, meets each Sunday from 10:45-12:45 in The Haven room at church, and one evening month (info TBA). The group has lively conversations about the world, their UU faith, and their lives. The topics of the meetings are decided by the youth and facilitated by adult advisors. They engage in service projects to build an understanding of themselves as compassionate agents of change. And, sometimes, they just hang out and enjoy each others' company! There is something different every time.
Youth who participate in YRUU have the opportunity to attend district "Cons" (UU youth conferences) several times a year. These weekend long events provide youth with opportunities to connect with UU teens from all over the Mountain Desert District. These weekends are filled with youth and advisor lead workshops, worship, and social activities designed to promote spiritual and emotional growth and develop leadership skills. The UU "Con" culture provides a safe space in which high school youth can explore and express their unique identity and define their relationship to the world in which they live.
YRUU participants also plan an annual Service Trip which takes place during the summer at the end of the church year. This trip is a profound service-learning opportunity through which the youth learn to work with their hands and their hearts as they put their faith into action. Recent Trip participants have worked on an organic farm in Colorado, engaged in wildlife habitat preservation in Montana, provided meals and services to people struggling with homelessness in San Francisco, and served Native American elders on a Navajo reservation in Arizona.