Youth Director

Youth Director at Unity Spiritual Center

Meet Joy F. Smith

The primary objective of our Youth Director is to plan and guide the spiritual education of children and teens, and to support those serving on the Youth and Family Ministry Team in successfuly mentoring the young. 

Another objective is to create a safe environment in which the young can grow through spiritual self-discovery. 

Our Youth Director is available to support children, their parents, and our team members, as well as to attend to the administrative details connected with managing our Sunday morning youth experience.

Our Youth Director identifies and provides Unity curriculum; provides materials and resources for lessons; coordinates children's lessons with the adult Sunday service; creates classroom environments with appropriate enrichment resources; and works with other teams to involve our youth in all areas of our spiritual community.

Joy F. Smith is thrilled to be the new Youth and Family Ministry Director at Unity Spiritual Center.

She has been teaching and working with young people in the greater Cleveland area since 1987. Joy holds a BFA in Theatre from Webster University in St. Louis. She attended the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, as well as the Cleveland School of Ballet. She is a certified yoga instructor with 600+ hours, including “YogaEd.”

Joy has worked extensively with Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland Opera on Tour, the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and she taught yoga at the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation. She currently teaches the After School Drama Program for Westlake Middle Schools.

Joy is honored to be able to serve Unity, our children, family, and friends this new year.

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