UpGrade Youth Group

At UpGrade, students talk openly about life and ask questions that are real and relevant, while being engaged with others over food, fun and fellowship.

  • Hope

    Hope My name is Dawson West. I am 14 years old and a freshman at Buffalo High School. My hobbies include: baseball, fishing, lifting weights, hanging out with friends, being a mentor at UpGrade, and swimming. I have been attending Zion since I was baptized as a baby. I have been an active member of Sunday School and Confirmation. I have participated in Joy choir, SONshine choir, bell choir, many Christmas programs, UpGrade, and Camp Wapo adventures. I currently am a confirmed member of the congregation, I sing with the Youth ... more
  • Top 10 Things We’ve Learned …

    Top 10 Things We've Learned ...… About Middle Schoolers They want to be respected as people. They are coming into their own, and they want to be able to have their own opinions and ideas. They want to be heard and validated. They are incredibly bright and like when we ask them questions. At their young age, they are beginners at most things. Therefore, they feel a huge sense of pride when their expertise is requested. They will do almost anything as long as their friends are doing it. Studies have shown that the reward center of a teen’s brain ... more
  • UpGrade at Zion

    UpGrade at ZionAt Zion Lutheran Church, in Buffalo, Minnesota, like many churches, there are programs for those young elementary students like Vacation Bible School and Sunday School and for High School Students there are Mission Trips and weekly Youth Group. What about those always forgotten Middle School students? Often the middle school aged students are all but forgotten, and we all know very well how hard the transition is during middle school. The kids need someone during this period more than ever and who better to jump into these kids lives than ... more

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