Southwest Unity Regional Youth & Teen Ministry Events Director
Regional Youth & Teen Ministry Events Director
Unity of Tustin
Youth Ministry Resources:
Diane Venzera has added some new resources to Unity Worldwide Ministries website. You will find lesson plans and links to support youth ministries and parents. Please make sure to visit this page and check back as it is updated often.
You can also find some beautiful coloring pages at the Unity Arts Ministry Page. Each page has a picture and an inspirational quote. They are a beautiful reminder to be in the moment.
GENERAL INFORMATION / OVERVIEW
Our programs are divided into three ministries:
- Children’s ministry (Unitots, Unikids)—for infants through 5th grade
- Uniteens—for those in grades 6–8
- Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.) —for those in grades 9–12
This page provides information to support adults serving Unity children and teen ministries.
We Believe as a spiritual youth community we are here to serve the next stage of a child’s evolution and the recognition of their Oneness with God; to offer a space of love for our children and teens to fully embody their divine nature. Using the tools of affirmative prayer, meditation and service, we teach and practice the Unity principles as a way of life.
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All adults who will be attending Regional and/or Sub-Regional Events where minors are present are required to obtain a National Background Screening. A copy of the results of the Background screen must be provided to the Youth Consultant prior to the adult attending the event. Background screens must be updated every three years to attend Region events.
The Southwest Unity Region and the Unity Worldwide Ministries strongly recommend that all adults working with minors at your church have a background check completed.
Contact our consultant using the information below for the current procedure and costs.
TEEN EVENT INFORMATION
The Southwest Unity Region’s Teen Ministry is comprised of middle-school and high-school teens, and the adults who support them. We enthusiastically seek Spiritual Truth as we share, support, celebrate and pray with one another.
Events take place throughout the school year for each of the Teen groups. For each event, every individual (Adult or Teen) needs to fill out a Registration Form (different for every event), Signed Agreements, and a Medical Release Form. If you are applying for a scholarship, there may be an additional form. Each individual coordinates with their chapter sponsor or Youth Director for transportation and payments. Click on the links below for the standard forms.
Policy Guidelines for Events
Our regional events are supported by adult volunteers from churches around the SW Region who give of their time to support our programs.
The way our events are set up, we are not able to offer 1-on-1 support for individual teens.
While we value every teen who attends our Unity churches, our regional events are created for teens who are able to transition easily between activities, contribute to
discussions, participate in group activities, and be independent in their care. In addition, if a teen has a high level of anxiety that interferes with participation, and requires 1:1 support, it is encouraged that the teen continue attending their local church and considers attending a regional event when they can better enjoy the event and participate while feeling safe and relaxed. Please discuss individual situations with the Regional Teen Consultant.
It is our policy that at camp events our wellness person collects & distributes all medications at the event registration check-in. This is to help ensure that everyone receives their proper medications, that they take the correct dose, and that the medications are not accessible to other participants. Since most everyone participating is a minor, it is our goal that participants stay safe and are cared for.
In addition to an announcement at our opening, there is a general announcement at our evening vespers to see our Wellness person for meds before returning to their cabin; and all nightly cabin meetings begin with making sure everyone who needs to see Wellness for medication has done so. This is the same for morning celebration as well. For home-hosted events, teens will be reminded from sponsors staying at the home to take their medications; house sponsors will have a list of medications and allergies for each
Please note: If a teen is on medication(s) which cause them to be unconscious, or hard to wake or move, it is not within our scope of training and staffing to be able to support them during an event. Please discuss individual cases with the Regional Teen Consultant.
Recently, requests for special diets have been increasing. Please be aware that every special diet request cannot be accommodated, particularly when at rented camp facilities, unless there is a life-threatening food allergy. It is encouraged that individuals with special diets bring their own foods. Refrigeration is dependent upon availability at each event. Events will be able to accommodate: vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. A combination of any of those diets cannot be guaranteed. Again, life-threatening food allergies have priority.
Refunds cannot be given in full when a cancellation is less than 2 weeks before the event. If the cancellation occurs between 2 weeks prior and the event start, a portion of the registration cost can be applied toward the next event, or an event in that program year. The amount of money that may be applied toward another event will be listed on
registration materials, usually 30% of registration cost. A full refund will not be given at any time when the cancellation is less than 2 weeks prior to start of event.
We are part of Unity Worldwide Ministries. Learn more about Youth Ministry at unityworldwideministries.org/youth-and-family