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 successfully 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. The Youth Director also 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.

We welcomed Joy F. Smith as our new Youth and Family Director in July 2021.

Joy will incorporate yoga, theater, and dance into interesting and playful exercises for children of all ages, along with prayer, spirituality, and meditation.

Joy comes to Unity with an extensive background in youth education. She has been teaching and working with young people in Greater Cleveland since 1977 and is currently in her ninth year at Lee Burneson Middle School in Westlake, where she teaches the after-school drama program.

She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater from Webster University in St. Louis. She attended the master of fine arts program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, as well as the Cleveland School of Ballet. She is a certified yoga instructor with 600-plus hours, including “YogaEd.”

Joy has worked extensively with Cleveland M.S.P., Cleveland Opera on Tour, and the Cleveland Music School Settlement. She also taught yoga at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Family and friends are always encouraged to participate with their children in the opening circle.

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