(adapted from the UUA Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries website)
We Welcome You. For Real.
However you identify, you can find a home here. We are multi-racial, Latino/a, Asian, Black, Native, and White; rich, middle class, poor; lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, straight, and anything in between. We are spiritually diverse and know “we need not think alike to love alike.”
All we ask is that you bring your passion and a desire to see change in this world. Be prepared to exercise your heart, mind and spirit—and know that we’re here with you on your path. Our congregation is committed to our youth and the development of their spiritual well-being. We are fortunate to have a thriving youth ministry, one where youth explore their personal beliefs, build lasting friendships, and engage in the larger world as they put their beliefs into practice. A roster of adult volunteers work as a team to support our youth as they navigate the unpredictable waters of adolescence into young adulthood. You can use this link to register your 6th through 12th Grade youth for our 2018-19 programs.
- Additional information about Junior Youth (Middle School)
- Additional information about Senior Youth (High School)
Youth Participation in the larger Congregation: Beacon is a place that welcomes youth to attend and participate in the work of our larger congregation. Youth are invited to join us for worship and to share their skills & presence in worship services, in acts of social action, as members of congregational committees, and as leaders of our Children’s small groups.
Tools for Parents: Being the parent of a teenager is both exciting and terrifying. We offer different tools – from educational workshops to small group support – to help parents along the way. Parents are encouraged to support our youth programs and the larger congregation. However, generally-speaking, parents are not asked to be Senior Youth Group Advisors (parents are welcomed and encouraged to be Junior Youth Facilitators). You will probably be asked to drive 4-5 youth somewhere (where they have interesting conversations as if you weren’t in the car) or buy large amounts of groceries from a bulk-food store.
My primary role as Youth Director is to build relationships with our Junior and Senior Youth and their families, supporting them as they explore the meaning of life and helping them connect their vision of religious life with the community and the world beyond our doors. For more information about our Junior and Senior Youth Groups, please reach out to me via email or phone at (908) 273-3245 ext. 130. I look forward to watching your youth blossom into the kind, courageous and active leaders our world needs them to be.
~Jamaine Cripe, Youth Director
P.S. Are you interested in working in our Youth Ministry as a Senior Youth Advisor or Junior Youth Facilitator? Working with teenagers isn’t as hard as everyone makes it out to be. Teenagers are people just like you and me. In fact, working with youth is often incredibly fun AND gratifying. After all, what other meetings in your life are you asked, “If you could visit any planet, where would you go and why?” or invited to sit by a tree for 30-minutes with just your thoughts and your journal? And don’t worry about being cool. You get your “cool” by caring about our awesome youth.
Junior Youth Facilitators and Senior Youth Advisors must have attended Beacon for at least 6-months prior to getting involved and must be 25-years old. You are supported and trained by me, mentored by other advisors, undergo a 3-month trial period, and attend regular advisor meetings where you develop additional relationships within our community.
For additional information about the larger Unitarian Universalist Youth Movement, including resources for Youth of Color and opportunities to attend our annual General Assembly, please visit: