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Learn about Goldmine Youth Leadership School

Goldmine is an intense leadership school for youth focusing on self-reflection and leadership skills. Youth learn concrete leadership skills, learn to lead a worship in a wide variety of youth worship styles, and work to articulate the faith based grounding for their values and leadership. The day includes youth led worship, silent self-reflection time, and small group reflection time in addition to time for hanging out and playing together! The school is taught by pairs of youth and adult co-trainers. Youth co-trainers are former Goldmine students.

There is an age range change this year. Youth should be graduating from grades 9-12 or the equivalent home school age and 14-18. Youth outside that range who wish to attend Goldmine should contact the Adult Dean Evin Ziemer, eziemer [at] uua [dot] org.

Youth Goldmine Alumni! Apply to be Goldmine staff for 2016! Applications will be reviewed beginning March 15th. Apply now.

There are two or more offerings of this training each summer in the Central East Region. For 2016 the training dates and locations are:

  • Great Lakes Goldmine—July 10-16, East Shore UU Church, Kirtland, OH.

    • Cost $425 for early bird registration by May 15, $475 by June 15, $525 after June 15 if space available. $20 discount for full fair share congregations. Registration and Cancellation deadline is June 15. Register now.
  • CANCELLED - Chesapeake Goldmine—July 10-16, UU Congregation of Fairfax, VA.
  • Murray Grove Goldmine—August 14-20, 2016 at Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, NJ
    • Cost $645 for early bird registration by June 1,  $675 by July 15, $700 after July 15 if space available. $20 discount for full fair share congregations. Registration and Cancellation deadline is July 15. Register now.

Note this for all Goldmines: All tuition must be paid in full by cancellation date. Full refund available until cancellation date. $75 processing fee afterwards until two weeks before event. Refunds after this only available in cases of illness.

Half Scholarships are available for this event, please indicate if you need a scholarship application below, Canadian youth's scholarship applications will be sent to the Canadian Unitarian Council. These scholarships should be matched by congregational funding (therefore equalling a full scholarship). Email eziemer [at] uua [dot] org for ideas on how to arrange this. Use this form to apply for a scholarship. Deadline June 1. After the deadline contact eziemer [at] uua [dot] org to inquire if funds are still available.

Have questions? Check our FAQ. Still need an answer? Email Evin Ziemer, eziemer [at] uua [dot] org

What youth say about Goldmine:

"This was the single most transformative experience of my entire life."

"Youth Leadership was by far the highlight of my summer last year and one of the most valuable experiences that I have ever had. I promise that I am not exaggerating at all!"

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