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Apply to Become a Candidate For Youth Observer

The Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees is an important, national leadership position that functions as the primary liaison between General Assembly (GA) Youth Caucus and the Board, but represents a larger youth voice on the Board. See the Statement from the 2010-2011 Youth Observer for more information on what it is like to be the Youth Observer.

To Be Eligible

You must be a youth who:

  • Will be in high school (Grades 9-12) or the equivalent for the 2014-2015 school year;
  • Is active in a UUA congregation;
  • Is able to attend the first Board of Trustees Meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014 in Providence, RI (following the close of General Assembly) and all Board meetings thereafter. Attendance is also expected at the 2014 and 2015 General Assemblies. (NOTE: All expenses related to presence at Board meetings and GA are paid by the UUA.)

How to Apply

Send the following information to youth @, fax to 888-972-9686, or mail to the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1409:

  • Candidate Name
  • Birthday
  • Grade in school September 2014 - June 2015
  • Congregation
  • Campaign Statement (around 100 words)
  • Electronic picture (optional)
  • Parent/Guardian Permission Form (PDF)
  • Link to campaign video statement (see guidelines below)
  • NOTE: The deadline to apply to be a candidate for the 2014-2015 Youth Observer is CLOSED. If you will still be eligible next year, please check back around March 2015 to apply then.

Campaign Video Statement

Each youth observer candidate is asked to submit a video campaign statement by the application deadline. Video statements must meet the following expectations:

  • No more than three minutes in length
  • Simple shot of the candidate responding to questions (no video effects; UUA staff will add in title slides)
  • Candidates should respond to the following prompts/questions:
    • Name, congregation
    • Why do you want to be the UUA Youth Observer?
    • If elected, how would you use the non-voting position of Youth Observer in service of Unitarian Universalism?

Applicants can use a video camera, smart phone or tablet camera, webcam or laptop computer camera, or any other electronic video recording equipment. The video file or files should be added to a file sharing site (such as Dropbox) and the link included with the application email. Applicants who need assistance with this requirement or who do not have access to this equipment should contact the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (contact information below) as soon as possible, and arrangements will be made to provide support for this process.

If you are interested in applying to be a candidate for the Youth Observer position and have questions, please contact the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at youth @ or (617) 948-4350 to find out more about the role and election process.

For more information contact youth @

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

Last updated on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

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