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How to Be a Youth Caucus Delegate in 5 Easy Steps
How to Be a Youth Caucus Delegate in 5 Easy Steps

Watch 'n Read 'n Be a GA Youth Delegate

FUN TIMES Manager Kara Marler Tells You How It Is In Pictures... [vimeo 116181220 width="512" height="288"] And in Words... Youth: Want to be a delegate?? What is a delegate? A delegate is a General Assembly (GA) participant who represents the voice of their congregation by attending General Sessions during the week and voting on a variety of business items such as amendments, policy changes, and action issues. The number of delegates a congregation can send is based on how many members they have; each congregation is allowed 1 delegate per 50 voting members, with a minimum of 2 delegates. For many youth, congregations will help out with paying for financial expenses if they attend GA as a delegate. Talk to your congregational leaders now to see how you can be financially sponsored! How does one become a delegate? Step 1: Think on it and make sure you are committed to educating yourself in the voting issues and being the best representative for your congregation you can be. You also must be a member of your congregation to be a delegate, so make sure this applies to you. If not, there might be some additional substeps before you can advance to step 2, pass go, and collect $200. ( -- That's a figure of speech, not a guarantee you will collect two-hundred dollars .– Ed.)(Here are 5 awesome ways to raise funds to attend GA. – Ed.) Step 2: Volunteer as tribute: the process of choosing delegates is up to each individual congregation, so talk to your minister, DRE, or youth leaders on how to get involved in GA participation at your congregation. Step 3: Educate yourself on the items up for vote. This can be done through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) website, and further information will be presented at General Sessions at GA. Step 4: Pack your thrift-shop flannel and underground indie music; you’re headed to Portland, OR for GA 2015! Once you’re there, your fabulous FUNTIMES managers are here to help you out with anything delegate and business related.   PS – Here is how to become President of the UUA. (Pursuant to Massachusetts State Law you must be at least 18 years of age at time of investiture. – Ed.) PPS – Here is how to observe the next UUA Board of Trustees meeting, January 16 – 18, with a link to Livestream (which will become active on Jan. 16.)

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No Money? No Pr... (not verified) 2 years 6 months ago

[…] One of the reasons General Assembly is such a big deal is because that’s where we conduct the business of our association. Delegates from all over the country gather to vote on the big issues that concern each of us. Many congregations support Youth Delegates by paying their way to GA. I’ll let Kara explain how to become a Youth Delegate. […]

Get Involved an... (not verified) 2 years 3 months ago

[…] normal and okay to feel if you are a youth attending General Assembly: nervousness about being a youth delegate, little knowledge of the “business side” of GA, and feeling unsure of youths’ […]

Blue Boat of Yo... (not verified) 7 months 2 weeks ago

[…] One of the reasons General Assembly is such a big deal is because that’s where we make a lot of the decisions about how we want our Association to run. Congregational delegates from all over the country gather to vote on the big issues that concern each of us. Many congregations support delegates by paying their way to GA. Delegates also get priority in the GAPC scholarship process and the youth and young adult process. I’ll let Kara, Business Manager in 2015, explain how to become a Youth Delegate. […]

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