I just received the following e-mail from Jesse Jaeger, Director of Youth Ministry (new job title) at the UUA’s Office of Youth Ministry (new office name). It’s worth reading if you work with youth:

Hello All,

I would like to introduce you all to some changes in the Youth Office.

New Position: First of all, please join us in welcoming Darrick Jackson. Darrick is filling the newly created position of Assistant Youth Ministries Director. Darrick just graduated from Andover Newton School of Theology and will be ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry this fall. He will be taking on more of the day to day management of the Youth Office including supervising the Youth Ministry Associates. Darrick will also be supervising the Office of Youth Ministry while I am on sabbatical this fall.

New Office Name: The Youth Office will soon be the Office of Youth Ministry.

New Job Title: You might have noticed that Darrick has the job title “Assistant Youth Ministries Director.” My present title is changing to Youth Ministries Director. As an Association we have an increased awareness of our work with youth as a ministry. These title and name changes (including the change from Youth Programs Specialist to Youth Ministry Associates) all underscore this shift in understanding. [Jessica York, the new Youth Programs Director, oversees youth curriculum development in the Curriculum Office of Lifespan Faith Development, not the Youth Office. Hope that clears up any confusion.]

Summary of who will in the office next year:

Jesse Jaeger: Director of Youth Ministry (on Sabbatical from September 14th returning January 2nd)

  • Overall management of the office.
  • Focus on implementation of recommendation from consultation on youth ministry.

Darrick Jackson: Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

  • Overall management of office while Jesse is on sabbatical.
  • Supervision of Youth Ministry Associations.

Rek Kwawer: Youth Office Assistant

  • All the same amazing things she does right now.

India McKnight: Youth Ministry Associate (Starts July 16th)

  • Support for the Chrysalis Training Program.
  • Support for General Assembly Youth Caucus.

Sara Eskrich: Youth Ministry Associate (Starts July 16th)

  • Support for the YRUU Leadership.
  • Support implantation of recommendation from the consultation on youth ministry.

This will be the group that will carry us through next year as we work to transform how we do youth ministry in our movement.

Beth Dana and Laura Manning will be leaving the Youth Office in August. Keep an eye out for how we will be honoring the amazing work they have done here. We will be holding parties later in the summer.

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Jesse Jaeger

Jesse C. Jaeger
Youth Ministry Director
Unitarian Universalist Association
25 Beacon St.
Boston, Ma 02108
617-948-4359 (work)
617-367-4798 (fax)

This may not seem like much, but acknowledging on the associational level that the work we do with youth is ministry bodes well for the future.