To register your Junior Youth for our 2018-19 programs, please use this link.
Our Junior Youth Group (JYG) is a monthly gathering of our middle school youth. Socialization among this age group is an important part of youth’s growth. Middle school youth have a very strong need to be part of a social group, and that this is particularly important for youth who are shy, or who feel like targets of bullying. JYG meetings include activities that are varied enough to appeal to a variety of youth, so that youth may find their particular talents and interests, and other youth who share them.
JYG kicks off the year with our Junior Youth Fall Retreat September 28th thru 30th at Frost Valley YMCA Camp located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, just a short two hour drive from New Jersey. While JYG enjoys a retreat together with activities including hikes, zip-lining, sports, arts & crafts, tree time and many more, their parents will also gather to get-away, have fun, and build their own community of parents. You can use this link to register your family for the Fall Retreat.
6th & 7th Graders attend small groups on Sunday mornings during both the 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM services. 2018-19 is their Lodestone Year. The Middle School years are a time of intense change for parent(s) and for their kids. They really aren’t children anymore, yet they aren’t quite teens yet either. In the eyes of young teens, parents will be morphing from beloved guides for all things, to imperfect, sometimes even hated, adults who get in the way of freedom and autonomy. The parent role needs to evolve from parenting into coaching. Each new issue will have to be negotiated. The Lodestone curriculum will help navigate these waters by providing opportunities for conversation and dialogue both within the family and with other parents of middle schoolers.
8th Graders attend their small group at 6:30 PM on Sunday nights. Our oldest middle schoolers participate in Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) – an inclusive and developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses sensitive topics that are excluded from many sexuality curricula. The proactive goal of the program is to help our youth become sexually healthy people who feel good about themselves and their bodies, remain healthy, and build positive, equitable loving relationships in preparation for their high school years.