General Assembly Youth Registration
Youth Registration for General Assembly (GA)
Youth Registration is required for all General Assembly (GA) attendees under 18 years old who have been in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent for home-schooled) in the 2017-2018 school year. Eighteen year-olds in high school are not required to register as youth, but must do so in order to obtain the lower 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 UUA 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 Youth Covenant, Permission and Sponsor Forms in one of the following ways:
- HARD COPY - You may print the PDF (PDF, 4 pages = instructions + all three forms), 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 the online form* (which can only be done if youth and parent/guardian have different email addresses and if you know the email address of your sponsor). No further form submission is required. [*Online form only active prior to and during GA.]
Youth Caucus is 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 Youth Caucus is “it depends.”
If you were in secondary school (high-school) or being home-schooled during the year preceding GA (2017-2018 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 use the Adult Registration.
18-year-old youth who qualify for Youth Registration may choose to use the Adult Registration and would not be required to have a sponsor. However, the Adult Registration is more expensive, and they will be expected to behave as adults and not as peers to youth.
I’m 14 but just finished 8th grade.
Youth Caucus 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, those who have just finished 8th grade may not get their needs met by Youth Caucus programming.
That said, you are welcome to attend GA and Youth Caucus 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 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 their 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 Caucus at General Assembly (GA)
Who is Youth Caucus for?
Youth Registration is for those who have completed 9th-12th grade or the home-school equivalent. But Youth Caucus may be for everyone!
Youth Caucus programming is designed for those who are of high-school range. Even this four-year span can cover a range of experiences, developmental stages and abilities. Most programming is targeted toward the middle of that 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.
Older adults are welcome in Youth Caucus space. And, younger youth are welcome with a parent or legal guardian.
What's Youth Caucus About?
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 games, 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. Check out The Complete 2017 User Guide to Youth Caucus at General Assembly from last year's GA for everything you need to know to have a great experience. If you prefer, you can download a PDF version of this User Guide.
Make sure you have everything you need by using this handy user guide Check List.
Youth registrants are not required to attend any Youth Caucus programming after the mandatory youth/sponsor orientation. To see what Youth Caucus has to offer, check out our Program Highlights and How to Connect with Youth from last year's GA.
Youth Caucus includes fun workshops, networking and other social opportunities, worship, and meetings to discuss GA business. Learn about how to get involved with the business of our Association. Youth are also welcome and encouraged to take part in the wider GA programming, including plenary sessions, public witness and worship. Take a look at this year's Social Justice activities.
We should be your first call or email! (617) 948-4350 or youth [at] uua [dot] org
Learn about Activate Youth Justice @ GA training with the UU College of Social Justice taking place immediately preceding Youth/Sponsor Orientation.