Coming of Age offers opportunities for deeper exploration among UU youth in early adolescence. Coming of Age programs transition children from teacher-guided curriculum to youth-guided exploration supported by advisors. Most programs pair each young person with an adult mentor who can help to guide their learning and development throughout the program. They prepare young people to take more responsibility for guiding their own faith journey. Coming of Age programs, typically year-long, include an exploration of topics including
- Unitarian and Universalist history and traditions
- Exploration of different theological perspectives and world religious practices
- Learning about congregational leadership
- Invitation to civic engagement
Coming of Age usually culminates with youth presenting a Credo statement that articulates their evolving beliefs.