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Youth groups can participate in meaningful hands-on service, while learning about specific ways to support local communities in their justice work.
UUCSJ’s youth service journeys are designed to with the following intentions:
- offer an opportunity for a “boundary-crossing” experience
- introduce youth to questions of power and privilege
- help youth gain a deeper understanding of domestic and global justice issues
- offer youth groups the chance to deepen bonds with each other and form relationships with people of all ages from a different culture
- offer an opportunity for multi-leveled growth and development (socially, spiritually, politically, etc.)
- inspire youth to engage in community justice issues back home
To read more about UUCSJ’s approach to youth service journeys, please read our blog here.
- The cost of our programs vary based on the destination and length of your journey. Please note: costs do not include travel to and from the journey location.
- Groups only pay for the direct cost of each program. UUCSJ does not receive any portion of the participant fees.
- Limited need-based financial aid options are available.
- UUCSJ journeys typically have a minimum group size of 10 people and a maximum of 15, but this varies based on limits of our partner organizations. If you cannot recruit 10 people from your own youth group, there is an option to open the journey to participants from other youth groups. UUCSJ can assist in linking groups together for a journey.
- All of our programs are led by one or more trained UUCSJ Program Leaders. Read more about our Program Leaders here. If needed, UUCSJ can work with you to assess your group’s need for participant chaperones.
SCHEDULING A JOURNEY
When you are ready to consider a journey with your youth group, email firstname.lastname@example.org (or use the contact form on the right side of the page). Your email should include the following:
- Information about your youth group (ages, number of members)
- Why this journey is of interest?
- Potential travel dates
Within a week, a member of the UUCSJ team will contact you to discuss your interests and go over your potential travel dates. To reserve your chosen date, we require a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 (for the 10 participant minimum). Further deposits and payments follow our standard schedule.
A youth service journey typically runs for five to seven days at any time throughout the year. The minimum journey length is four days. Summer is the most popular time for youth journeys and groups may need to begin planning at least six months in advance.