18 is a transitional year for many people, and the answer about whether 18 year olds are part of Youth Caucus is “it depends.” Youth Caucus is structured based on life-stage, not strictly chronological age.
If you were in secondary school (high-school) or being home-schooled during the year preceding GA (2011-2012 school year), then you are considered a youth. This includes those who are over 18 and were still in secondary school.
If were a college student or in the work-force and not in a secondary school (or home-schooled), then you are considered a young adult.
While 18-year-old youth are eligible for youth registration, they are not required to register as youth.Can you be more specific about high-school aged? I’m 14 but just finished 8th grade.
Again, Youth Caucus is more about life-stage than strict chronological age. Since programming is really targeted for those who are in the middle of the high-school range, those who have just finished 8th grade will not have their needs met.
Children’s programming this year includes a Justice Day Camp for those 10-14, that includes exploration of justice issues, hands-on service projects, time at the YMCA and participation in GA programs. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries strongly suggests this program for those who are 14 and not yet in high school.More questions? The office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is your first call! (Contact us.)