JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD
Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is the core program for youth transitioning from middle school to high school. J2A offers a meaningful way for our teens to develop relationships with God, the church, their peers, and adults in the congregation. This phase of youth formation blends action and contemplation in teaching young people faithful living. To prepare them for adulthood, they learn six basic skills: active listening, negotiation, assertion, research/information management, partnership, & leadership. The program also helps them understand and affirm Christian living. During this time, and as a mark of their growing independence, the students are invited to undertake an Urban Adventure and a holy pilgrimage. The students begin to be recognized as young adults, rather than children.
Rite-13 is a curriculum that assists young people as they take the first steps of passage away from their families and into their own lives. During a two year period, the community celebrates the amazing creative power and potential of these young people, and creates a safe haven to explore new ideas, new interests and new abilities that come as these young people transition from childhood to adolescence.
The students are given an opportunity for Confirmation and are acknowledged in the community as equipped for new levels of responsibility. Young Adults in the Church (YAC) begin to take on adult responsibilities in all aspects of parish life and the community. They are challenged to become good stewards of their time, talent, and treasure.