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Thrive: Leadership Schools for Youth and Young Adults of Color

Apply Now for Thrive leaderships schools for UU youth and young adults of color

Save the date! Thrive Youth East, for UU youth of color will be held July 27th-July 31st 2016 in the Central East Region. 

Thrive is the newest iteration of the many ways that UU youth and young adults of color have gathered to nurture leadership and sustain spirits. In the past, through Diverse Revolutary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) Youth and Young Adult gatherings, Leadership Development Conferences and most recently Multicultural Leadership School UU youth and young adults of color have gathered to form lifelong connections, carve out belonging, create practices of resilience and healing and build skills to lead.

"Being able to bond with other people of color within the UU faith was honestly something that brought joy and hope to my heart, and makes me feel much more connected in my faith.” —alum

"I am grateful for you and the UUA for giving him the space to openly discuss and gain insight with other UU’s of color. I think this experience has changed his perspective on whether he fits in this faith.  He is now “one of many” instead of being “the one”." parent of alum

New for 2016!

This year, UUA’s annual leadership development schools for youth and young adults of color are getting a new nameThrive, for young adults of color and Thrive Youth, a separate program tailored for youth of color. 

Application will be live in early 2016. Until then, check out these reflections from Multicultural Leadership School alumni about their experiences:

About Thrive Young Adult and Thrive Youth

Join other Unitarian Universalist Youth and Young Adults of Color (People of African Descent, Caribbean, Native/American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, Multiracial and Multiethnic) for a four-day gathering to deepen our faith, lift our spirits, and build critical skills for leadership in the face of our uncertain, broken and beautiful world. Thrive particpants will be guided by experienced co-facilitators as we worship, feast, play, explore our racial and ethnic identities, practice transformative leadership skills, and create authentic, supportive community. 

This year, as the struggle for racial justice lives on in our streets and classrooms, in courtrooms and corner stores, Thrive invites you to come get connected to hope and to the skills to lead

Cost & Travel

Participants must apply to attend. The summer 2016 application is not yet live. Space is limited, so please apply early. All accepted participants will receive full travel, housing accommodations and food with paid registration. The registration fee information for the 2015 MLS was $275. Please do not let the cost of the conference stop you from applying—scholarship money is available and we will work with you to help you if you are interested in attending.

Empower Diversity

In it's sixth year, Thrive Young Adult and Thrive Youth prepare particpants to meet leadership challenges with compassion, self-care, strength and a strong community of support. Whether we're addressing global and national issues around racial, economic and social justice or the tokenism, racism, and a high rate of burn-out due to over-commitment that are realities for many Unitarian Universalist leaders of color, Thrive offers resources and companions for the journey!


Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Ministries and Faith Development and Multicultural Growth and Witness Staff Groups.

For more information, contact UUA Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at yayaofcolor [at] uua [dot] org.

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