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Candidates for 2014-2015 Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees

Candidates Information

The following youth are candidates for the position of 2014-2015 Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees.

A one-page information sheet (PDF) of the following information is also available for download. View all of the candidates' campaign videos in the Vimeo album.

For information about the election process, please see the Youth Observer Voting Process.

Benji Janapol

Grade in school 2013-2014: Senior
Congregation: Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, Woodinville, WA

“I am very passionate and thankful for Unitarian Universalism because through my experience as a youth and specifically being trained as a chaplain has taught me how to be a better friend, ally and leader, as well as giving me a place where I feel like I can be myself. This has led me to the desire to support Unitarian Universalism in the life of others using the position of youth observer to the Unitarian Universalist board of trustees. My experience as a youth adviser to the board of a previous high school I attended and my current position as the co-chair of the Youth Adult Council at my church have re-emphasized  my belief that youth and  our representation are very important to the life and direction of Unitarian Universalism. This belief inspires me to follow a path of service and leadership within our broader community and would continue to inspire me in the role of observer if I am elected.”

Isabelle Marshel

Grade in school 2013-2014: Senior
Congregation: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, VA

"I am a third generation and life long Unitarian Universalist. For the past two years, I have gotten the opportunity to work with the General Assembly Youth Caucus staff as the business manager.  Through this, I have developed a comprehensive understanding of UUA business and how it works, as well as learning how to bring issues from the UUA to youth and vice versa.  I would love to be Youth Observer to the Board of Trustees to provide youth perspective, learn from a group of influential UU leaders, and close the generational gap in the UUA."

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Last updated on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

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