Youth Organize for Social Justice and Human Rights

Youth Organize for Social Justice and Human Rights
Megan Hays

In November 2010, I attended a World Religion Conference at Fresno State. I heard Rev. Brian Jessup talk about the Unitarian Universalist principles and how their congregation is welcoming to everyone. I decided to attend a sermon. Soon afterward, I became a member. I also joined a Spiritual Quest Group where I decided to organize a Young Adult Group. This group not only discusses the UU (Unitarian Universalist) Principles but also discusses social justice issues. The group is specifically designed for the needs of youth ages 18–27.

Being a young adult myself, I understand that adults in the area could use some support. After all, we are merely entering the beginning of adulthood. As soon as we turn 18, everyone tells us that we are adults; we must take responsibility. However, the likelihood of us young adults getting everything right and figuring out what we want to do with our lives right away is as difficult as trying to touch the stars.

The Young Adults Group that I have created is for all young adults to gather and learn from each other how to become the kind of people we want to be. I admit, my generation is a little bit misguided. Some young adults get involved with drugs and crime, whereas others practice promiscuous behavior.

Fortunately, this Young Adult Group and the principles give my generation a new way of thinking. We support education, we support human rights and, most important, we support our young adults. After all, my generation of young adults is the future.

If you have any questions or are interested in making a difference for our generation, come join us on the first and third Friday of the month as we explore ourselves and important issues pending and affecting our present and future. You may e-mail us at



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