Over the last several months, I have been working with the youth on an amazing, transformed venture, rooted in the deep history of compassion and love that Plymouth has displayed for decades. This weekend, all of that work is culminating in our Youth for Change weekend.
What is Youth for Change?
The Youth Board, comprised of 12 students from middle school and high school, have reworked the annual Sleep Out to End Homelessness into a homelessness prevention symposium. These students agreed that the educational component of the Sleep Out was the piece they wanted to center for the whole community. So they are hosting a dinner, catered by FoCo Café, and a program featuring presenters from our community, breakout sessions for people to engage, and a silent auction. All funds will still benefit Neighbor to Neighbor. For more details, you can visit plymouthucc.org/youthforchange.
This weekend, we will be joined by several different faith communities and nonprofits, and every little element has been so intentional about supporting other groups who engage the complex work of fighting housing injustice. You can see all of our partners on our website or you can meet them in person this Saturday at the event.
The same group of students has planned a deeply beautiful worship service that will not only ground our community with a spiritual foundation for this area of biblical justice, but it will also offer space for our worship experience to be re-imagined by our future leaders. This whole weekend is about giving the youth a chance to envision a future that is better than what we have now. I hope our whole Plymouth community will show up in supporting the hard and impressive work these young people have done.