Update on Youth Registration and Virtual GA
UPDATED April 15, 2020:
The UUA Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to make the 2020 General Assembly a 100% virtual event. This decision alleviates the anxiety and concern shared by many about how GA might proceed given the impact of COVID-19. It also gives the Association time to plan a more robust and rewarding virtual experience.
Our team and the GA Youth volunteer staff are hard at work developing GA Youth events and meeting spaces that will provide the same connection, community, and faith identity development that an in-person GA provides.
Youth Registration for General Assembly
Filling out the Virtual GA standard registration form and selecting "youth" for life-stage ("Youth Registration") is required for all General Assembly (GA) attendees who have been in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent for home-schooled) in the 2019-2020 school year. Fourteen year-olds may attend GA as youth if they will have completed 9th grade (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth) before GA.
For more information about youth at GA, contact the UUA Office of Lifespan Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 948-4350.
Youth registration for GA is a two-part process:
- Complete the Online Registration Form.
- Submit the Youth Participation Form in one of the following ways:
- HARD COPY - You may print the Youth Participation Form [PDF], fill out and sign with a pen, and submit the forms per the instructions at the bottom of each form; or,
- ONLINE - Fill out and e-sign by setting up an online form (you'll receive an email invitation to e-sign the form).
If you are having trouble with the SignNow e-signature system, check out our SignNow System Info Sheet. If your troubleshooting still isn't working, contact email@example.com and we'll help you out.
GA Youth programs are structured based on life-stage, not strictly chronological age, so Youth Registration is too. 18 is a transitional year for many people, and the answer about whether 18 year-olds qualify for Youth Registration and GA Youth is “it depends.”
If you were in secondary school (high-school) or being home-schooled during the year preceding GA (2019-2020 school year), then we consider you a youth and you may use the Youth Registration. This includes those who are over 18 and were still in secondary school.
If you were a college student or in the work-force and not in a secondary school (or home-schooled), then you are now considered a young adult and you should register as an adult. You will be expected to behave as adults and not as peers to youth.
I’m 14 but Just Finished 8th Grade
GA Youth programming 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 (10-11th grade), those who have just finished 8th grade may not get their needs met by GA Youth programming or staff.
That said, you are welcome to attend GA and GA Youth with a parent. Fourteen year-olds who have not yet entered high school (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth) may attend GA events with a registered parent or guardian or enroll in a supervised Middle School Program (separate registration required).
Youth Supervision at General Assembly (GA)
Every youth registrant must have a parent or legal guardian who is responsible for the youth’s supervision and well-being while attending any virtual GA events or programming. GA Youth staff is responsible for youth programming and support, but not supervision.
However, when violations of the Participant Policies and Covenant occur, a committee of GA Youth staff and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) professional staff is called together to address the infractions and determine consequences, up to and including the youth being barred from all remaining GA events and prohibited from attending future national youth events.
We should be your first call or email! (617) 948-4350 or firstname.lastname@example.org