Youth Leadership Program

Youth leaders provide energy, insight, and wisdom to their faith communities. Their deep love, their new ideas, and their skills are needed. And as many adults know, being a leader in one’s spiritual community is often a life altering experience.

Mission and Goals:

Provide opportunities for youth to develop their self-awareness, strengths, and skills as a leader through specialized training, hands-on experience, and mentorship.

Eligibility & Expectations:  

13-18 years old

Active in the congregation

Able to attend training (if required)

Able to be a positive role model by demonstrating our Unitarian Universalist Principles

Required to adhere to and help enforce safety policies and procedures

Motivated to participate in training sessions and accept feedback positively

How to Apply: Applications are accepted throughout the year.  

Complete a Youth Leadership Application


Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education

(812) 332-3695 ext 202

Pathways to Leadership:   We have a wide variety of pathways which enable teens to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for success in the 21st century.

Seeking the Spirit

-Help with Opening Words

-Assist with Time for All Ages

-Volunteer to help with Intergenerational Services

Building Community

-Become a trained Religious Education Teacher

-Volunteer to assist in Religious Exploration

-Help with a youth conference

-Become a trained Volunteer in Childcare

-Help with a special event, such as Ramadan Dinner, Holiday Bazaar, Seder Dinner, etc.

Changing the World

-Help lead a service project

-Attend a work day with Green Grounds

Note: If you don’t see an opportunity that interests you listed above, please contact Adrienne Summerlot  Someone probably hasn’t expressed interest yet and we want to partner with you and help you utilize the skills you have!

A Message for parents and youth:
We developed the youth leadership program around the premise that youth should strive to be
effective leaders who demonstrate excellence by their approach and by their accomplishment, the kind of leaders that by virtue of their superior service will prompt an adult who has worked with them to write them an uncommonly powerful letter of recommendation, or will justify having an adviser or even their peers consider nominating and advocating for that youth to take it to the next step such as attending Midwest Leadership School, attend UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar, serve on the Heartland Area Youth Council, attend General Assembly, etc.  Our leadership-focused offerings have been constructed with the view that the most significant way to encourage youth into earning and taking real future leadership roles is to develop not just the enthusiasm, but more importantly the skills and capabilities that will enable students to speak up,  solve problems creatively and to communicate with confidence.

Already a Youth Leader?

Already a Youth Leader?  Print the service tracking sheet here.  Make sure to get a RE Team Member or Adult Volunteer to sign off when you serve your hours.