Virtual Teen Program

The Virtual SUUSI Teen Program is an exciting intentional community for people ages 14 to 17. Teen Leaders and adult staff members work together to create a fun, safe, and healthy environment in which teens explore and grow. There are a combination of guided and spontaneous activities with large and small groups. We develop and practice UU principles, explore ideas, and share in growing and maintaining a vibrant community. In the SUUSI Teen Program, friendships are made that often last a lifetime! 

Teen Leaders and Touch Groups

The heart of the Teen Program is the opportunity for teens to lead and be led by peers in a mindful and deliberate way. At the end of each SUUSI, the teens elect leaders for the next SUUSI. This group of dynamic teens prepare for SUUSI with leadership training alongside adult staff and has responsibilities throughout the week. Each leader and a group of other teens in the program form a Touch Group. Through Touch Groups, Teen Leaders help new members become comfortable in the program, address social issues as they come up, share in daily experiences and offer support, as necessary. Touch Groups provide a more self-guided experience appropriate to the changing needs of teenagers on their way to adulthood. Adult staff members give feedback and guidance throughout this process.

Life in the Teen Program

Teens are always encouraged to participate with the wider SUUSI community, but the Teen Program offers activities and experiences geared to their needs. This is where we share worship, laughter, tears, ideas, music, and games. Even virtually, the Teen Program is a round the clock experience with some sort of activity going on at all hours of the day and night. The degree to which a teen participates is up to the teen and their parent(s) or guardian(s). 

Within the virtual program, teens can decide which activities to join, but they are expected to attend their Touch Group meetings and evening Teen Dorm activity. They are also strongly encouraged to attend a workshop or activity during the day. Throughout the week, we offer workshops exclusively for teens.  Teens can register in advance for workshops or nature trips in the greater SUUSI community, or they can wait to see what workshops will be offered at the Teen Dorm during the week.  Last year we offered yoga, Draw the UU Principles, Zentangle, baking, among others. This year we are continuing the wonderful worship tradition started several years ago, by leading a SUUSI-wide Evening Worship in addition to 17s Bridging during Thursday Evening Worship.  Teens can sign up for Worship Planning when they register for SUUSI.

There will be interesting, challenging and fun things to do 24/7! We will have an online platform for interaction in addition to Zoom for Teen Evening Meetings and Touch Groups. Teens are welcome to suggest workshops and activities prior to SUUSI by sending a message to teens@suusi.org.  We can’t wait to see you online!

TWOB (Teen Way Off Broadway)

Every year at SUUSI, some of our teens work to put together a musical theater performance, custom-written for the SUUSI experience. The whole community enjoys watching the show on Friday night! We're definitely not going to let a little thing like being hundreds of miles apart from each other stop us from doing TWOB for virtual SUUSI. 

Teens who would like to be in TWOB should register as early as possible. We will be holding auditions, rehearsing, and filming the production starting at the beginning of June. Make sure that you are registered in SOLIS and that you have signed up for the TWOB workshop. Email twob@suusi.org if you have any questions.

Event # Event Type Date & Time Age Range
Sunday 18th July 2021

252

Teens Creating SUUSI Worship


Price: FREE
Teens Sun 1-3pm and Tu 8-10pm 14-17

201

Teen Program Opening


Price: FREE
Teens Sun 8:30-9:30pm 14-17
Monday 19th July 2021

203

Teen Social / Workshops


Price: FREE
Teens MF 1-2pm 14-17

215

Mindfulness for Teens


Price: $20.00
Teens MTuWThF 2-3:30pm 13-17

202

Teen Social / Touch Group


Price: FREE
Teens MTuWTh 8:30-9:30pm 14-17
Tuesday 20th July 2021

215

Mindfulness for Teens


Price: $20.00
Teens MTuWThF 2-3:30pm 13-17

252

Teens Creating SUUSI Worship


Price: FREE
Teens Sun 1-3pm and Tu 8-10pm 14-17

202

Teen Social / Touch Group


Price: FREE
Teens MTuWTh 8:30-9:30pm 14-17
Wednesday 21st July 2021

215

Mindfulness for Teens


Price: $20.00
Teens MTuWThF 2-3:30pm 13-17

202

Teen Social / Touch Group


Price: FREE
Teens MTuWTh 8:30-9:30pm 14-17
Thursday 22nd July 2021

215

Mindfulness for Teens


Price: $20.00
Teens MTuWThF 2-3:30pm 13-17

202

Teen Social / Touch Group


Price: FREE
Teens MTuWTh 8:30-9:30pm 14-17
Friday 23rd July 2021

203

Teen Social / Workshops


Price: FREE
Teens MF 1-2pm 14-17

215

Mindfulness for Teens


Price: $20.00
Teens MTuWThF 2-3:30pm 13-17

204

Teen Closing Worship


Price: FREE
Teens F 10-11pm 14-17