What does a YDisciple group look like?
Each YDisciple group is paired with two adult mentors of the same gender and not a parent of a teen in the group. Groups consist of 6-10 teens of the same gender and similar grade level. A lead parent is assigned to each group as well to assist with hosting and scheduling. Groups meet twice a month and work with each other to set their own schedule. It is designed this way to meet the needs of the teens in the group and their ever changing schedules. Sessions include social time, community building and powerful videos for reflection and discussion.
Why put teens in small groups?
Smalls groups provide an environment of trust and transparency so teens are known and loved. They connect teens with caring, faith-filled adults who can apprentice them in the disciplines of a disciple. Small groups draw teens out of a peer-dominated paradigm and call them to maturity through relationships with adults. They strengthen catechesis through testimony, discussion and faith sharing. YDisciple also allows parent to demonstrate their support by hosting the small group in their homes.
The five fundamental needs of teenagers.
YDisciple strives to meet what they see as the five fundamental needs of teenagers.
- The need to be understood
- The need to belong
- The need to be transparent
- The need to engage in critical thinking about faith and life
- The need for guidance