What is YA@GA?
Young Adults at General Assembly (GA) is a network, a series of programs, a body of diverse Unitarian Universalists. We are students, religious professionals, parents, congregational leaders, community builders, and more and we are coming to General Assembly to connect, worship and lead!
YA@GA has a designated space at General Assembly for workshops and other events. We also host programs intended for GA participants of all ages. Our worship includes a dynamic Synergy bridging service in General Session Hall as well as other spiritual experiences and worship throughout GA. We’ll have opportunities to learn new strategies for developing our Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and communities, and we’ll also share our skills and ideas with others as we lead.
Who is YA@GA for?
Our goal is for YA@GA to serve the many young adults in our movement. YA@GA is technically for 18-35 year old UUs attending GA. We know that sometimes we fall short of making all young adults feel at home in our space. We are always working on being more welcoming, and hope to continue to provide space for young adults of color to caucus, for folks of all gender identities and expressions to feel comfortable, for our newly bridged young adults to feel welcomed in, our young adult parents to feel supported in bringing their kids and for young adults of all abilities to have full access to our programs. We hope you'll show up and help us with this mission of inclusion!
Why did we shift away from the traditional caucus format?
The surveys from GA 2013 showed that young adults who attended GA were most interested in: (1) meaningful networking and community building; (2) skill-building for young adult ministry in their congregations; (3) worshipping; and (4) discussing trends in our faith/the future of Unitarian Universalism. We were called to respond to these wishes by radically re-imagining young adult programming. We believe that moving away from the caucus format has allowed for more diverse programming and helps a wider range of young adults engage more fully in General Assembly.
How did this shift change the staff roles?
Under the caucus format the Young Adult Caucus had two Co-Moderators who were elected by the caucus. Now these two roles are Co-Facilitators of the YA@GA programming. Instead of moderating a caucus they take on the work of organizing and supporting YA@GA. We also moved to online elections in 2015 instead of electing the Co-Facilitators at GA so that more folks could participate and in 2017 we are trying a new model of selecting the Co-Facilitators since election turnout has remained low.
YA@GA continues to select two additional staff members for the team. So far these positions have varied over the years including Worship Coordinator, GA Talks Coordinator, Bridging Events Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator. The deadline for applications is usually in October. For more information and a sample application, download "YA@GA Volunteer Staff Openings" (PDF, 3 pages).
Young Adult Caucus used to have its own dedicated chaplain. Because this chaplain was not called on very often during GA, the more effective solution is ensuring that young adults are included in the GA Chaplain staff. There are now young adult chaplains at GA who can serve people of all ages.
Where can I get more information about YA@GA and General Assembly as a whole?
You can connect with YA@GA on Facebook and be alerted to new information as it is available. We are also on Twitter @YoungAdultsatGA and on Instagram @YoungAdultsatGA.
Information about registration, housing and GA programming can be found in the General Assembly section.
Are there scholarships or other assistance for young adults?
Yes! Check out Financial Aid for General Assembly for more information. This page will be updated as GA approaches and more information becomes available. The application process for both scholarships and volunteer positions is usually March 1 through March 31.