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Youth Caucus at General Assembly (GA)
The GA Youth Caucus is a place for Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth to gather, learn, worship and build community, while also experiencing the rest of what General Assembly has to offer. Youth Caucus this year will include trainings, networking opportunities, small group reflection, worship and more. If you’re a youth interested in justice work, building connections with other youth from across the country, and having a great time, Youth Caucus is for you. Plans for 2016 are still being finalized; check out last year's Program Highlights.
Youth Caucus programming is designed for those who are of high-school age (grades 9-12 in 2014-2015 or the equivalent for home-schooled youth). Even this four-year span can cover a range of experiences, developmental stages and abilities. Most programming is targeted toward the middle of the range. Younger youth may find that the programming asks them to stretch, while older youth may find that the programming is a review, or a reinforcement of other experiences. Make sure you have everything you need by using this handy user guide Check List.
Youth Caucus includes workshops, meetings to discuss GA business, networking and other social opportunities, and worship. Youth are also welcome and encouraged to take part in the wider GA programming, including plenary sessions, public witness and worship. Learn about last year's Public Witness. All General Assembly attendees aged 15 to 17 must register as Youth, though they are not required to attend any Youth Caucus programming after the youth and sponsor orientation.
Youth Caucus is run by a staff of volunteer youth and adults and supported by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Learn about Youth Caucus Staff.
Coming Soon: The Complete 2016 User Guide to Youth Caucus at General Assembly (GA). The User Guide has information on leading, connecting, getting support and logistics. The 2015 User Guide is posted here for reference; you can also download the 2015 User Guide (PDF).
Youth Supervision at General Assembly
Check out the 2015 Sponsor Welcome Letter (2016 Sponsor Welcome Letter is in the works).
Each youth under 18 who attends GA must have a GA-registered adult sponsor, aged 25 or older, who is responsible for the youth’s supervision and well-being (one adult may sponsor no more than three youth). Youth Caucus staff is responsible for youth programming and support but not supervision.
However, when violations of the Participant Policies and Covenant occur, a committee of Youth Caucus 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 sent home at his/her/hir own expense and being prohibited from attending future national youth events. In such an event, the sponsor is responsible for getting the youth home safely.
Youth registration is required for all General Assembly (GA) attendees aged 15-17. Eighteen year-olds are not required to register as Youth, but must do so in order to obtain the youth registration rate. Fourteen year-olds may register 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 Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at youth [at] uua [dot] org or (617) 948-4350.
Youth registration for GA is a two-part process:
- Complete the Youth Registration Form
- Submit the appropriate Youth Covenant and Sponsor Forms.
To Complete Registration:
- All Youth Registrants must also complete and submit the Participant Policies and Covenant (Form 1 of 3)
- All Youth Registrants under 18 must also (in addition to the Participant Covenant) complete and submit the Parent Permission for General Assembly (Form 2 of 3) and the Adult Sponsor Responsibilities Acknowledgement (Form 3 of 3)
You may print and complete the hard copy (PDF) forms, or manage the entire process (including signatures) electronically via DocuSign.net:
- Participant Policies and Covenant (Form 1)
- Parent Permission and Sponsor Acknowledgement (Forms 2 and 3)
Who is Youth Caucus for?
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 (2014-2015 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.
I’m 14 but just finished 8th grade.
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.
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 Children's Program (separate registration required).
We should be your first call or email! (617) 948-4350 or youth [at] uua [dot] org