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Frequently Asked Questions About the Luminary Leaders Program for Youth

Below are some of the most common questions we get about the Luminary Leaders program. Have a question that we haven't answered here? Email luminary@uua.org.

What do I get if I join?
Joining Luminary Leaders puts you in touch with a multitude of opportunities to lead throughout the Association, whether on focus groups, committees, task forces, planning teams, volunteer event staff and more. When the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is looking for a youth to participate on a team or in a process—whether for ourselves or for other Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offices and groups—we go to our youth networks to find the right youth for the job. We want you to be part of that network.

It is also a way to connect with other youth leaders to share ideas, exchange information and build networks. If you're already an active leader, at any level, joining Luminary Leaders will also earn you recognition for your work. Join today!

But I already hear about youth opportunities. Don't all of those things have their own applications?
Since we have both formal and informal opportunities for leadership available, it's quite likely you won't hear about everything. Formal opportunities, like Youth Caucus Staff, do often have their own applications. With Luminary Leaders, you hear about applications as soon as they are available, and not two days before the deadline when you happen to see it on Facebook.

Informal opportunities, like a one-time focus group, often do not have application processes and are not necessarily publicized. They are instead filled by reaching out to various networks. Think of Luminary Leaders as the "master application" for all of these little opportunities that may only involve a short-term commitment. We want you involved! Join today!

Why would I, as an adult, encourage youth to participate?
Adult support is vital, especially in encouraging youth to take the next steps into leadership. We've heard from a number of talented youth that they only applied for positions because an adult in their life encouraged them. Before that encouragement, these youth told us they didn't think they were talented or qualified enough to be considered. Encourage youth in your life to get involved with Luminary Leaders. You can offer to write their letter of recommendation.

I'm a recent bridger. What about me? / What happens when youth in the program become young adults?
Those who have recently bridged into young adulthood may still register for Luminary Leaders in order to be recognized for their work as youth. We extend this opportunity for a year after bridging.

Young adults who were part of the Luminary Leaders program are kept in our networks to be contacted for young adult opportunities when appropriate.

For more information contact luminary@uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, August 30, 2013.

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