Report from the Regional Youth Caucus
A couple weekends ago (on President’s Day weekend) CERG youth had our very first regional caucus at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg on Clover Lane! Our goal was to have youth and adult representatives from each district meet and figure out how to organize ourselves before the regionalization process happens- what type of programming we want to have, forming regional youth leadership, changing geographic boundaries, and more. We began programming on Saturday with a quick and informative overview of the regionalization process and changes that will come with it with David Strickler, who is on the Ohio Meadville Board of Trustees. For the rest of the day, we divided up into two sets of “focus groups” to discuss various issues related to regionalization in smaller groups and then present them, which ended up being very productive. We decided to form a regional YAC committee of youth and adults from each district to organize future CERG events and serve as a resource for youth leadership from each district/cluster. Additionally, we hope to have two major CERG events each year- a community con in the fall and then a themed event later in the year, like a smaller leadership or social justice event. Although we don’t have a formal structure for letting youth from each district/cluster attend cons for another district/cluster, Lars Dahl made an incredible interactive Google map of each church that has held cons, chaplain trainings, and other youth events in recent years for us to look at (see his contact information at the bottom of the page if you would like access to this resource).
However, I think one of my favorite pieces of programming was a noisy and competitive group game of “UU Jeopardy” to wind down after a long day of discussions and meeting. The game featured difficult questions on UU history, geography, and the structure and leadership of General Assembly (thanks to GA Senior Youth Dean Andrea Briscoe, who is also the regional co-dean for JPD). When all was said and done, the team entitled “Egg” emerged victorious.
Please look out for more information about the formation of a regional YAC (planning to happen by the end of the school year) as well as future regional youth events coming soon!
By Eliza Steffen
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the caucus or the annual CERG con, please contact:
Eliza Steffen (esteffen451 [at] gmail [dot] com) for OMD
Andrea Briscoe (andreabriscoe17 [at] gmail [dot] com) for JPD
Hannah Rigdon (hkr102 [at] gmail [dot] com) for MNY
Lars Dahl (hikerperson [at] gmail [dot] com) for SLD