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Youth Advisors

Youth advising can be one of the most rewarding, if sometimes demanding, roles you can fill as a religious leader. It is also one of the most essential roles in successful youth ministry. Here are resources to support, expand and enrich your work.

Advising Basics

Safety & Crisis Intervention

  • Safe Congregations
    This program offers a multitude of resources for creating and implementing Safe Congregation policies, as well as thinking through various safety issues for your congregation.
  • Webinar on Pastoral Care for Youth and Young Adults Engaged in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (MP4 video, 62 minutes)
    Non-suicidal self-injury may be more prevalent in your community than you know. If you are a religious professional working with youth or a parent looking to support a young person who may be "cutting," find answers to common questions and guidance for next steps in this one-hour webinar presented October 30 and November 4, 2013 by the Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Program Associate for Ministry to Youth and Young Adults of Color.
  • Code of Ethics for Youth in Leadership (PDF)
    This code of ethics is used by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for all of their events and is for both youth and adults. It is offered to you as a model to adapt to your own needs.
  • Participant Covenant for UUA Youth Events (PDF)
    This participant covenant is used for all Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) sponsored youth events and is signed by all participants (youth and adult). It sets forth the expectations of behavior at the event. Consider these elements when creating your own participant covenant.

Supporting Youth Leaders

  • Luminary Leaders
    A recognition program for youth leaders run by the UUA. Nominate a youth to be a Luminary Leader to recognize the leadership of youth in your congregation and encourage them to get involved at the district, regional or national levels.
  • Youth on Board
    An organization focused on including youth in decision-making, Youth on Board offers a number of resources, trainings and publications. They also offer a free assessment checklist to help you figure out where you are and where you want to go.

Training and Continuing Education for Advisors

  • Chrysalis
    The Chrysalis program is a series of trainings for both advisors and youth that can be hosted by clusters, districts and regions. Learn more the Chrysalis program, including advisor trainings, chaplain trainings, spirituality development and leadership development.
  • Webinars
    Districts, regions and the UUA offer webinars throughout the year on various topics related to youth ministry and advising. This webinar listing includes both upcoming webinars you can attend as well as archived sessions that can be accessed at any time. 
  • District and Regional Trainings and Gatherings
    Districts and regions also offer their own in-personal training and gathering opportunities. This listing also includes training and events for youth.
  • Ministry with Youth Renaissance Module
    This module includes discussions on the characteristics of youth; building community; balanced programming; youth/congregational connections; selection, training and support of advisors; resources; and youth programming structures within congregations, districts and at the UUA. Scheduled Renaissance Modules are posted on the UUA Calendar.

Additional Resources

  • Advisor-L
    This email distribution list is for youth advisors to share ideas, ask questions and discuss youth ministry, hosted by the UUA.
  • Grants and Funding Support
    If you have a project idea but need financial support to get it off the ground, check out our grants and funding support page.
  • Identity-Based Resources
    Youth-specific identity-based resources are compiled here. While most of the resources are for youth, as an advisor, you should be aware of what is available for your youth.
  • Welcoming Children with Special Needs: A Guidebook for Faith Communities
    A resource for accepting special needs children into congregations. Includes information on common physical, mental and emotional disabilities and disorders, plus teacher training guidelines and strategies and techniques for inclusion.

For more information contact youth @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

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