F8th in Action: Growing through Service, is a year of service and inquiry for eighth graders.

IS F8TH IN ACTION FOR OUR FAMILY?

There are many ways in which we support families as they prepare their children for adult lives. In a world where the focus on individual achievement often adds stress and risk taking behavior to the growing up years, we offer an alternative to the usual extra curricular activities. As many sociological studies have affirmed, the healthiest lives are those which include meaningful altruism. This program broadens the scope of your child’s experience through a year of service, reflection and inquiry. It is offered each year to eighth graders.

Through adventure-style learning—preparation, doing, reflection—we encourage our young people to consider their role in the world, enlarge their capacity to work together with others, and reach across differences in meaningful ways. As a values-based program, we affirm that each person can contribute to the lives of others, whatever their age or status. The program challenges and equips your child to be of service to others who may be very different, to work together in a peer group, supporting and caring for each other, and to discern what is most important to them now and in the future. We help your child to be able to both give and receive graciously and gracefully.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

This program is committed to inclusion, and scholarship support is available to those who find the cost of service trips a barrier to participation. Trip costs will be
confirmed before you commit, but are currently estimated at $350 for all trips. If you do not already support the Winchester Unitarian Society we invite you
to offer a one-time donation to support scholarships. Your generosity allows us to continue offering this program to others.

WHO IS IT FOR?

We welcome eighth graders and their families who support and wish to promote a culture of service. We invite any eighth graders who are willing and able to make a commitment to all group meetings*, honor the group behavioral covenants and step into a collective responsibility toward others. *Although we have attendance expectations, we understand that illness and family events happen. Please communicate with the leaders. Should your child have more than three
unexcused absences, they will be asked to leave the group.

WHO ARE THE LEADERS?

Our program is co-led by Vanessa Steck and Rebecca Kelley Morgan. Vanessa is a seasoned youth leader, bringing 6 years of experience from Maryland and currently facilitates the Town of Arlington Our Whole Lives Program. Rebecca is the director of programs at the Winchester Unitarian Society, an adventure educator and community advocate. Vanessa and Rebecca have co-led f8th together in previous years.

WHEN IS F8TH IN ACTION OFFERED?

This year we will be offering the program through the school and program year for 1.5 hour sessions Sundays at 4:30 PM. The group begins meeting in late September through early June. The group does not meet during public school vacation weeks and holiday weekends. In addition
there are meetings and off site outings at other times in October, November, December, February, April and June.

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE OF SERVICE?

Each year f8th in Action identifies opportunities for service, both within and without the town of Winchester. This year we will be serving at the Common Cathedral, in downtown Boston, spending a Boston overnight (about 20 hours) with City Reach’s ministry to the homeless and spending 5 days in NYC
with Youth Service Opportunities Program. Our local work may include gift collections at the winter holidays, packing foodstuffs for Thanksgiving baskets, making soup for elders in our community and more. We also use some of our meeting times to support local initiatives and educate ourselves
on contemporary issues of inequity. Discussions may include classism, racism, sexism and religious freedom (or lack thereof).

Printable program brochure is here:  f8th in Action 2017

Questions? Contact Rebecca Kelley‐Morgan via Rebecca@winchesteruu.org, Vanessa Steck at vsteck@gmail.com.