VOLUNTEER IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
Please use our Sign-up Genius Sheets for volunteer scheduling!
Children and Youth Programs have shifted during the pandemic to create online, offline, and hybrid programming. We continue to lift up our mission of building community, promoting justice, exploring spirituality, and practicing love.
Our fall programs for children and youth are up and running, but we need some more adults to volunteer to keep them going. For each of our online Zoom rooms, we need two safe and loving adults over 25. Offline, we need your help organizing materials for classes and reaching out to our families to stay connected.
With your curiosity and dedication, we create offerings that are accessible to children and youth and that help to build our beloved multigenerational community.
There are lots of different size commitments available, from one-off facilitation roles to consistent, deep engagement with programming.
- Volunteer for middle youth group on Friday night from 6:30-7:30pm and high school youth groups on Friday night from 6:30-8:30pm, Coming of Age on select Sundays starting November 1. Read up on our current offerings to see how you can plug in today;
- Volunteer on a weekly, biweekly, quarterly, or annual basis;
- Volunteer as a co-facilitator, involved in content sharing and creation or volunteer as our safe and loving second adult in the room;
- Help organize our social distance Soul Saturdays with engaging content and safe, drive-thru friendly hand-offs;
- Help to include children and youth in our Worship services;
- Support and create all ages activities and intergenerational activities by asking your ministry team today “How can we include children and youth in these activities today?
- Volunteer in the Children and Youth Team (see below)
To volunteer in any of our programs for children or youth, and to learn about volunteer opportunities, get in touch with Director of Religious Education Amanda Uluhan or fill out the form below.
OUR COMMUNITY’S SAFETY IS A PRIORITY
All our staff and volunteers are trained in East Shore’s Safe Congregations procedures and background checked. We provide regular training and on boarding for adult volunteers. We use annual background checks for all volunteers who work with vulnerable populations, such as our children and youth! We use the detailed UUA Safety Guidelines to help steer our own safety procedures. East Shore is a safe and secure place where children are loved and accepted because of who they are! As we engage more in our online spaces, there is still a need for volunteers who go through our teacher training and youth advisor process.
SAFE CONGREGATIONS – TRAINING & EXPECTATIONS
Here at East Shore, we value the personhood of everyone who walks through our doors. We must also be intentional in making our faith community safe. Our congregation cannot ignore this reality. With love at the center, we must respond with direct, positive, and preventative actions to build and sustain our congregation as a safe place for all children, youth and adults. We do this through Safe Congregations Training.
Creating a Safe Congregation community at East Shore includes:
A screening process to assure that all persons working with children, youth, and/or vulnerable adults can provide a healthy and safe place.
A training component to build awareness and provide skills that help us be sensitive and alert to our unique role, power, and abusive situations and appropriate loving, respectful relationships.
An expectation that all those who provide care for those under 18 and vulnerable adults will undergo training and participate in learning opportunities through East Shore and the UUA regularly.
All adults working with our children and youth programs need to attend our Safe Congregation training one time. Safe Congregation training is conducted throughout the year so all have a chance to attend prior to working with our Salt House Kids programs.
- Amanda Uluhan, Director of Religious Education, will be leading trainings bimonthly. Everyone is invited to participate in the Safe Congregations training.
- See our calendar for upcoming trainings.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PROGRAMS TEAM
This RE core team visions and plans! We are a diverse team of congregants, parents, teachers, and RE staff. Our groups meets weekly to to support children and youth at East Shore.
The team supports ESUC on issues such as:
- Visioning a lifelong path of faith development for children
- Advocating for involvement of children and youth throughout the congregation in programs such as Sunday worship, ministry team events and teams, and community service opportunities
- Gathering, Training, and On boarding Adult Volunteers
- Providing programming for children and youth in peer and affinity groups
- Evaluating how our RE programs can live into anti-racist, anti-oppression, multicultural ideals
- Getting feedback from parents and teachers about religious exploration at ESUC
How might you be a part of this vital work?
🖝 See East Shore’s Director of Religious Education, Amanda Uluhan for more information about easy ways you can support children, families, and youth at East Shore today!