The tweens/teens class is one really cool place to be. There is fun to be had, tasty snacks to be eaten, and UU understandings to be discovered through engagement in community-related service projects. All three teachers/advisors from last year have returned: Shawn Jacobsen, Natalia Ruiz-Junco, and Robert Zabawa. Below are a few of the comments about this year’s class from some of the students and their advisors.

Youth comments

In the “Peace Train”, we have so far gone on four Alabama Water Watch trips. I’m pretty sure we got our name from a song…. Out of coming to class every week, we get donuts and converse in intriguing conversations. But frankly, the donuts are the best part. We also all participate in “Gripes and Grins.” What’s great about this class is that we are all mature and we understand the problems of the world and then talk about it, which makes intriguing conversations.

Over all this year has been really fun and exciting! Though if I had to choose one thing I found genuinely fun and interesting I would have to say that going to Tuskegee National Forest for Water Watch every month. I enjoyed this the most because it gave me time to actually do something physical for a couple of hours. Though if I had to make one complaint about it is that I felt like when we are in Tuskegee we didn’t get enough time to just hang out and talk even after we finished Water Watch.

Advisor comments

What could be more fun than getting out in the wilderness, breathing fresh air, skipping rocks, getting lost, and helping improve the quality of Alabama’s water? And all with a great bunch of kids!

My favorite part of RE has been gathering as a group and talking about our lives. We mentionthe things that happen to us, and the things that do not happen. In my opinion, the most interesting aspect of this is to see how we tend to repeat the same gripes, which by the force of sharing with others become less onerous. We also tend to repeat the same grins, and grins are contagious. Doing all this frequently ensures that we co-participate in the transformation of our hearts, minds, and spirits.

I have really enjoyed watching the teens get to know each other, to test each other’s boundaries, to know when to push a little, and when to back off. It’s real life. What I also really appreciate is being with two extraordinary co-teachers, really great people who have such strengths to share with all of us! Thanks!