The Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.) is a youth chapter for high school students whom supports spiritual growth, personal enrichment, fun and family. The Unity movement has YOU chapters all across the nation. Our chapter belongs to the South Central Region and is located in the Plains Community.
Rally Rally is an amazing experience where each YOUer is met exactly where they are, which supports spiritual growth, deepening consciousness, community awareness, and deeper relationships. Rallies are held several times a year: a fall/winter rally, a spring rally and Legacy rally. The spring rally is often a service rally, this is an opportunity we where come together with other chapters and provide a service to the greater community. Things we have done in the past include working at a YMCA camp & painting/grounds work at Unity Village. Legacy Rally is often held the third weekend in June each summer and is an opportunity for all the communities to come together. Legacy Rally is 4 days and this year will be held in Wichita Falls, Texas. Many YOU and sponsors have found that the travel to and from rally is often one of the favorite pieces as it allows each YOUer to bond with fellow chapter members, sponsors and get to know each other in a relaxed fun environment. This year tentatively the region has 6 rallies planned! Be sure to check our calendar, it will be updated regularly.
Service In order to attend rally, our YOUers need to complete their service requirements. Before June (Legacy Rally), all YOUers need to have completed 30 service hours. These can be completed with our YOU chapter, A+ hours, UKCN (ushering, YFM), charitable organizations, etc. Out of the 30 hours, if 18 are completed within UKCN and/or with UKCN YOU, 1/3 of your Leadership and Legacy Rally will be paid for by the church.
Fundraising We love fundraising! Two of our largest events include Spiritually Spooktacular in October and a donation dinner at Pizza Ranch in January. We also participate in church events by selling lunches and raffle tickets. Family involvement is welcome and encouraged. Participation in fundraising will result in an additional 1/3 of your Legacy Rally being paid for by UKCN YOU.
Transportation Our chapter has a transportation policy. For all travel for rallies and events where we meet at the church, transportation is provided. We meet at the church, we travel together and only YOU Sponsors with a background check on file are drivers. Teens do not drive themselves to rallies and or events! When we have gatherings outside of the church with a designated meeting spot, teens and or their parents arrange their own transportation. If a teen is in need of a ride, teens and/or their parents arrange individually with other teens, parents and or sponsors. (If teens are arranging their own transportation this is clearly marked on the calendar with a designated spot where we meet, address and time)
Photos We take lots of photos, especially at rallies! These photos are generally created into slide shows for the teens to see their faces in all the activities they do and their family groups at the close of rally. If you have a teen that does not have consent to have their photo taken or have restrictions of when and the use, please notify directly.
Volunteer opportunities Teachers & Sponsors in Y.O.U. are more like guides offering support as the Y.O.U. is a youth led program. The YOU program has different levels for our volunteers. We have substitutes, teachers, and sponsors.
A teacher commits to 1-2 Sundays a month. Sponsors are also avail 1-2 Sundays a month, and make themselves available for cow committees, cow parties and rally, in addition to helping with the fundraisers and other activities.