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The Youth Group is for young people in grades 6-12 who practice UU values of inclusivity and social justice. Our goal is to bind an enduring community together, and strengthen connections between young people, their families, the GUUF community and any group or organization that sparks hope and passion in our members.

Meeting Time & Location
The youth group meets in the RE Commons weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Free play ends at 6:30 when our structured games and group projects begin. Drop-off and pick-up are at the double doors closest to the playground.

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What Does the Youth Group Do?
We strive for a healthy mix of social events, structured learning, unstructured time, and social justice projects. Group members are empowered to plan and coordinate events alongside the Youth Director.

Examples of semi-regular annual events include:

  • Youth Conferences at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
  • High schoolers’ All Night Out
  • Poverty Lockout
  • Messy Game Night
  • Cooking classes
  • Service projects
  • Holiday parties

Youth Group FAQs

Meet the Youth Director
Stephen Shelato (like “gelato”) is responsible for coordinating the youth group. By day he is a cooperative developer working to popularize employee ownership in the Upstate. In past work lives he was a Staff Development Specialist at the Greenville Library and an Economic Mobility Coach at United Ministries. He has a bachelors in Human Services, an associates in Computer Programming, and is halfway through a masters in Social Work.