Journey to Adulthood
LeaderResources, 800-941-2218, www.leaderresources.org
Ages: Grade 6 through high school
Journey to Adulthood is a comprehensive youth program of spiritual formation for 6th - 12th grades using Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and a variety of activities. It includes three two-year segments:
• Rite-13: The first two years (6th & 7th or 7th & 8th graders) focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person and their creative potential. The name comes from the liturgical rite of passage celebrated by the community with the youth as they turn 13. The service is loosely modeled on the Jewish bar/bat mitzvah.
• J2A: The middle portion of the program (8th & 9th or 9th and 10th graders), connects young people with the skills and critical thinking involved in adulthood. At the end of the two-year program the J2A group is given a course to prepare for Confirmation. After completing the fourth year, the youth plan and embark on a holy pilgrimage to seek and find Christ.
• YAC (Young Adults in Church): A mentor-based program helps older teens (11th and 12th grade) discern and carry out ministries within their church or the larger community. Advisors assist the older teens in Bible study, development of service projects, outreach and ministry.
• Includes annual program additions and newsletters.
• Leadership training is available through LeaderResources.
• Congregations purchase a membership in the Journey to Adulthood program, and are asked to make a commitment of three years. Dioceses may also become members, allowing individual parishes to join at a lower cost.