There is no cost to attend Youth Ministry. There is a small fee for extra events. We try to assist as much as possible through parish subsidy & scholarships.
WHO CAN ATTEND
We welcome all teens who are in grades 6-12. Our ministry consists of parishioners, non-parishioners, Catholics, and non-Catholics.
Friends are always welcome to attend events or youth nights as long as they are in 6th-12th grade and complete the consent forms.
We do not have an attendance policy, EXCEPT for teens who are preparing for Sacraments. We understand that many teens have extracurricular activities and we do not want to deter them from attending Youth Ministry. Teens are welcome as their schedules permit. Teens preparing for Sacraments MUST attend youth ministry unless they attend Catholic School.
Regular communication regarding youth ministry is maintained through weekly email updates. These emails are sent through the MailChimp email service which is sometimes sent to SPAM> Please be sure to mark these emails as "NOT SPAM." In order to stay current on youth ministry news, please read all emails.
If Youth Ministry is cancelled, you will be notified through email. If Youth Ministry is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be notified by text message. Parents and teens can opt into the Remind text messaging system by texting the following message to 81010: for middle school students, @olgmsym; for high school students, @olghsym.
SPECIAL EVENT SIGN-UP
The youth ministry will use Sign-up Genius for all special events NOT requiring extra permission forms. For events that require permission forms, sign-ups will be received through Smartwaiver. All payments for an event must be received for event registration to be complete. Parents/guardians are responsible for any fees that the parish incurs due to a teen's cancellation in an event. In addition, refunds for special events are not issued if a teens cancels or fails to participate.
CODE OF CONDUCT
We strive to create a safe and healthy environment built on respect for God, others, and Church property. OLGYM is smoke, drug, and weapon free. YM gatherings are an opportunity for us to gather as a community, therefore we ask that teens refrain from using cell phones and other electronic devices at YM. Out of respect for others, teens are asked to refrain from foul and demeaning language. Teens are asked to respect the opinions of others and to listen when others are speaking. Out of respect for the parish, we expect that teens will not damage Church property and that they will clean up their area after meeting. All rules are for the safety and well-being of the teens and are expected to followed.