The United Church of Christ has several positions open to serve as a youth ambassador. The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together emerging leaders in the UCC who are in their freshman, sophomore or junior year of high school to gain a deeper understanding of their faith, study alongside justice leaders, collaborate on one large yearly project that aligns with the mission and goals of the UCC, give voice to the wider church through appropriate news and social media challenges, and when possible gather at a denomination wide event for in- person community building. By the end of the program each youth will have deepened their commitment to justice and increased personal leadership skills to make a difference in their congregations and communities.

Youth ambassadors will meet once a month via video conference. During monthly meetings the group will creatively build relationships and trust with one another, hear from a UCC faith and justice leader, work to establish long term goals, and how to resource other youth/youth groups in the denomination. Once each quarter the monthly meeting will be replaced by a day of justice training.

When permitted, one in-person gathering will be held in conjunction with a major denominational event (i.e. General Synod, National Youth Event, Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Regional Youth Event) where Youth Ambassadors are expected to participate fully. If interested, please contact FCC’s youth pastor Mark Lindberg at markl@fcceugene.org. Applications are due by January 30, 2022.

Youth Ambassadors Program Eligibility:

Applicants must be a member (regularly attend, give leadership to, participate in) of a UCC congregation; be enrolled in a high school as either a freshman, sophomore or junior in the fall of 2021; and fully embrace the spectrum of life (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability) and the beliefs of the UCC.

Requirements:

If accepted into the Youth Ambassadors Program, participants will be expected to submit a signed Parental Agreement and Media Release; participate in 80% of all scheduled video/conference calls; and identify and meet with a mentor from their local church (unless other plans are discussed and approved) once a month.