The Long Island Area Council (LIAC), a network of all the UU congregations on Long Island, serves as a beacon for liberal religion, promoting denominational awareness through education, advocacy, service and spirituality.
LIAC offers 4 programs for our seventh through twelfth grade youth:
The Coming of Age (COA) program prepares youth ages 13 and 14 for the transition into young adulthood. Through a series of projects and weekend classes with trained leaders and a personal mentor, youth explore and develop their own religious philosophy, better understand Unitarian Universalism, develop friendships with other UU youth and discuss issues important to them. Their efforts are recognized by their home congregations and by the greater UU community at the completion of the program in June.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) for ages 13-14 and 16-18 (two different age appropriate series of lessons) is a comprehensive UU sexuality education program designed for use in religious communities. Led by adults who have received special training, the program addresses the current needs of the youth and helps prepare them for healthy, meaningful relationships in the future. The OWL program addresses not only the physical aspects of sexuality, but also the spiritual, emotional, and cultural ones, taking a holistic view of sexuality.
Sophia Fahs Camp is a UU camp located on Shelter Island, NY. Children and youth from the Long Island Area entering grades 3-12 gather for one week in August each year. Adult staffers from UU congregations work with a minister to provide enjoyable, practical and spiritual experiences in a safe, beautiful and natural environment. Children, youth and adults leave camp tired and joyful, having had time together to explore and learn more about themselves, others and their UU Identity.
Click here for a short video to hear personal experiences from Sophia Fahs Camp.
UU Connect is for Long Island UU youth in 7th to 12th grades. It provides meaningful opportunities for our youth to connect with other UU youth outside our congregation for activities ranging from ice skating to apple picking to social action and more.