Ecumenical Youth Group

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EYG History

The Delaware Ecumenical Youth Group (EYG), founded in 1972, serves Delaware area teens by offering them an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion and fellowship regardless of their religious beliefs or church affiliations. Its mission is to provide Delaware teens a safe setting in which to experience acceptance and support as they explore life issues, develop physically, emotionally and spiritually, and engage in service to the community. Originally sponsored by four Delaware area churches, Asbury UMC, William Street UMC, St. Peter's Episcopal, and First Presbyterian, and later by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, it is now governed by the Ecumenical Youth Council, Inc. The sponsoring churches viewed EYG as a mission outreach program for any Delaware Youth, not just their own youth members. These churches provided financial support to cover the Director's salary and programming costs. Several years ago the five sponsoring churches reduced their monetary support due to the significant downturn in the economy. Although they continue to give what they can, EYC has sought other funding options such as grants, corporate sponsorship, and personal donations.

We aim to provide Delaware County youth an environment to engage freely with each other and adult mentors to discuss important life issues, such as faith and poverty, and to become aware and accepting of racial and cultural diversity. Although school provides the education lessons necessary for work and churches offer doctrine for religious growth, EYG allows students a means to mature intellectually and spiritually and to develop assets that will enable them to maintain healthy personal relationships, and to function and prosper in their adult lives. We accomplish this through our weekly meetings held during the school year, bi-annual retreats, and service projects. During the school year students learn active listening skills and learn to articulate their opinions in a clear and respectful manner.

EYG's programming culminates in the annual Work Camp, held in June after High School Graduation. The first Work Camp was in Madisonville, Tennessee in 1975. EYG teens and counselors embark on a week long community service project and provide rehabilitation, building, and repair work on homes for those who can neither perform nor have the financial resources to contract the work themselves.


EYC Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization and the youth groups it sponsors is to provide Delaware area youth a safe setting in which to experience acceptance and support as they explore life issues, develop physically, emotionally and spiritually and engage in service to the community.


2011 Newsletter

Click below for the most recent copy of EYG's Annual Newsletter.

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The Ecumenical Youth Group (EYG) of Delaware is comprised of senior high youth of Delaware County.  The group, founded in 1972, is governed by the Ecumenical Youth Council, Inc. (EYC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Thousands of local youth have been enriched and in return have enriched our community through their involvement in the Ecumenical Youth Group.

We meet every Sunday evening throughout the school year.  Our meetings are open and all senior high youth are invited to join us.  Throughout the year we participate in discussions, recreation, retreats, service projects and fundraisers.  Please see our calendar for more specific activities.  

Our discussions are open and frank.  They are meant to inspire thought, help students learn to articulate their own thoughts, and learn respect for other peoples' ideas.  

Recreation helps build support and friendships.  Activities can be anything from watching a movie together, going to a haunted forest for Halloween, ice skating, or grabbing a cup of coffee at the Mean Bean. 

Retreats provide opportunities for us to spend more time exploring a single topic while building relationships and having fun.  We have 2-3 retreats during the year.  Each fall we choose a different topic and spend the weekend exploring this topic.  Each spring our retreat topic is spirituality.  As an Ecumenical group, we do not promote any one faith.  We provide information on many faiths and encourage the students to explore and define their own spirituality.

Service projects serve the Delaware community.  We have worked with free stores, food banks and housing projects.  We have picked up trash and helped elderly or ill members of the community with home projects.  All the work is volunteer and the students gain a great deal from their service experiences.

Our fundraisers fund our annual workcamp.  Every June we go to another community to help people in need of our assistance.  We choose a community either within Ohio or in a neighboring state and do construction projects for people in need.  We re-roof houses, build wheelchair ramps, put in new windows, build stairs, or anything that needs to be done.  The students volunteer their time and are unbelievably committed to their projects.  They take a great deal of pride in the work that they do and really become a part of the host community for the week.  It is amazing for the communities we visit, because we invariably move mountains in one short week and make personal connections with the people we are helping.  And it is amazing for our group of students as it builds in them pride, a stronger sense of community and connectedness, and a real understanding of compassion.  It is a life-changing experience for us and the communities we visit.

For many, their high school experience is a time of struggling to fit in, feeling excluded, confused about the world and what to do to change it.  This is exactly what EYG is about; inclusion, self expression and empowerment.