UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar
With a deep passion for and commitment to international human rights, youth and adults from all over North America gather annually for our three day seminar to dig deeply into issues with global impact.
The intergenerational seminar is an opportunity to collaborate with others while learning how to be a global activist. Through workshops, peer and expert-led panel discussions, community building activities, and worship services, participants undergo a transformative process of learning, reflection, and growth as we explore some of the most challenging issues facing humanity today.
Apply Now: 2017 Spring Seminar Planning Committee
Our 2017 seminar will be April 6-8, 2017 in New York City. (Youth and sponsors will arrive April 5th for orientation.) The theme for our seminar is Interfaith Action to End Armed Violence. Together, we will consider interfaith engagement with issues like:
- Reducing gun violence and the proliferation of small arms;
- Nuclear disarmament and the abolition of other weapons of mass distruction;
- Use of unmanned drones;
- Chemical and biological weapons;
- Strengthening global peace and security.
Youth at Spring Seminar
The UU United Nations Office's Intergenerational Spring Seminar is open to anyone age 14 and up, and typically around half of all participants are between ages 14 and 18. Youth orientation begins a day early, so for Seminar 2017 youth will arrive on April 5. Safety is our top priority—all youth attending the seminar must be accompanied by a youth sponsor (maximum 5 youth per sponsor). Leadership positions available for youth:
- Youth Deans: Youth leaders during the seminar and key members of Seminar Planning Committee. Two-year position for youth aged 14-18. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Download 2017 application here! (PDF). Due July 25, 2016.
- Youth Chaplains: Provide a listening ear to participants who need to process the spiritual or emotional impact of their experience. Must receive chaplain training prior to start of the seminar. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Application coming soon!
- Youth Sponsors: Adults over the age of 25 who travel to the seminar with youth participants and supervise them throughout, including lodging with the youth at an NYC congregation. Housing provided.
- Travel Squad Leaders: Youth will be traveling from All Souls NYC to the UN Church Center each day; this position will be in charge of ensuring their assigned group gets to the location safely. To qualify for this position you must have a sense of direction in New York City and we prefer that you live in the Metro NY area.
We have a number of leadership roles available to those who'd like to take on a more hands-on role in facilitating the seminar (open to youth or adults). The following positions are selected by the staff of the UU United Nations Office and the chairs of the Planning Committee:
- Adult Dean: Work closely with the Youth Deans to help with coordinating the youth programming throughout the seminar. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Download 2017 application here! (PDF). Due July 25, 2016.
- Planning Committee Members: In the months leading up to the Spring Seminar, our Planning Committee (made up of youth and adults) convenes via phone, forming subcommittees to determine and coordinate: programming, youth programming, finance/registration, publicity, and logistics. Registration fees covered by UU-UNO. Download 2017 application here! (PDF). Due August 15, 2016.
- Collaboration Group Leaders: Leaders (youth or adults!) that facilitate intergenerational small group discussions during the Seminar; prompt questions will be provided. Registration fees are reduced 10%. Application coming soon!
- Adult Chaplains: Support youth staff during Spring Seminar and provide a listening ear to participants who need to process the spiritual or emotional impact of their experience. Must receive chaplain training prior to start of the seminar; preferably clinical pastoral education. All fees, including registration, travel, food, and lodging are covered by UU-UNO. Application coming soon!
Previous Spring Seminars
- 2016: The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences
- 2015: International Criminal Justice: From Punitive to Restorative
- 2014: Sacred Roots: Indigenous Rights, Resistance and Reclamation
- 2013: Sex, Love, and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World
- 2012: Beyond Borders: Breaking Barriers of Race and Immigration
- 2011: Empower Women for a Better World
- 2010: A Climate of Change