The Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries is dedicated to kindling the sparks of leadership among Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults. The fund supports scholarships, grants, and programs for youth and young adult projects, conferences, outreach, and more.
Katie Tyson was an active member in the young adult group at Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA, and a rising leader in our movement. Katie was filled with enthusiasm, passion, and excitement. She worked tirelessly to make our world and her community more welcoming and loving. Katie had aspirations of becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister.
Sadly, Katie's life ended on a highway in Colorado when she and her friend were returning from General Assembly in Salt Lake City in 2009. She was 21 years young.
Despite the unimaginable grief that her parents, Karen and Herb Tyson, were facing, they still had a vision for youth and young adults to be able to participate in district events, receive leadership training, and attend General Assembly in order to explore the same dreams and interests that Katie had.
With your generosity, young leaders will be empowered to live out their dreams, to weave our Unitarian Universalist (UU) principles into the fabric of their expanding lives, and to encourage others to do the same.
Your gift will help realize Katie's dreams and honor her legacy of hope and love. This fund supports youth and young adult ministries at the regional and district level, as well as need-based travel subsidies to attend General Assembly and other UU conferences and events, such as Summer Seminary and Thrive Youth.