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Make an Impact: Be Dean of Youth Caucus
Make an Impact: Be Dean of Youth Caucus

Lead Your Peers @ GA

Youth Caucus Deans are the leaders of the volunteer Youth Caucus Staff for General Assembly and applications were open through August 10th (PDF). Deans work with the Youth Caucus Staff to fulfill the mission and purpose of Youth Caucus, which is to galvanize the youth of our movement by deepening our collective Unitarian Universalist spirituality and helping youth make an impact on our association through General Assembly.

Over the last several months, I have enjoyed my time as Junior Dean. When I first started, I was nervous because I had never experienced leadership on such a large scale, but the idea that I would be working with so many new people in the coming months was exciting. Since August, I have become more confident as a leader and been exposed to countless people and ideas that have enriched my life both in experience and spirit. As we come to the end of this year of planning, with General Assembly 2017 approaching fast, I am now tasked with thinking about what I want in next year’s dean. The purpose of Youth Caucus is to galvanize the youth of our movement, and I encourage you to apply if you want to be a part of it. Hopefully after reading this, you will want to apply to be Junior Dean; I honestly cannot think of another experience like this one.  

As Dean Here’s What You’ll Do… Travel to Boston for a planning meeting at UUA Headquarters to set the priorities and programming for General Assemblies 2018 (Kansas City, MO) and 2019 (Spokane, WA)... Select additional staff… Travel to the GA host cities for planning meetings with your staff team… Facilitate online meetings with youth and adult staff… Manage your staff team, lead Orientation and workshops at General Assembly… AND… all of your expenses, including travel, meals, housing and registration at all meetings, for General Assembly 2018 in Kansas City and General Assembly 2019 in Spokane are paid for by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

So you’re considering applying? Good. Do it! You won’t regret it.

What about the “fine print”* This is it…

  • Applicants must be high school students (grades 9-12 or the equivalent for home schooled youth) for both years of their term, i.e.: for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school year.
  • Previous attendance at a General Assembly is strongly recommended.
  • Experience with multigenerational leadership teams is highly desired.

Applications were due by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) August 10, 2017. For more information visit uua.org/ycstaff, or contact the Youth Ministry Associate of the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at youthcaucus [at] uua [dot] org.

* Fine print, small print, or “mouseprint” is less noticeable print smaller than the more obvious larger print it accompanies that advertises or otherwise describes or partially describes a commercial product or service.[1] (source)    

About the Author

  • Jennica first joined the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in 2014. She began her ministry with youth as a youth advisor at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, her hometown, in 2008. Since then she has served as Youth Program Coordinator and Religious Education...

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