General Assembly Youth Registration

Youth Registration for General Assembly

Youth Registration is required for all General Assembly (GA) attendees who have been in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth) in the 2021-2022 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 gayouth@uua.org or (617) 948-4686.

Before Registering

Use the Youth and Young Adult Scholarship Form for General Assembly 2022 to get a registration discount code to apply during the registration process.

Youth Registration for GA Is a Two-Part (or Three-Part) Process

  1. Complete the Registration Form.
  2. Submit the Youth Participation & Parent Permission Form:
    • Fill out and e-sign the form. You and your parent/legal guardian will receive an email invitation to e-sign the form in SignNow after you register for GA. Make sure to look for that email in your inbox; it will come from either SignNow or Lifespan Faith Engagement. If you don’t see the email, but sure to look in your junk email box as well.
  3. If you are attending GA in-person, you will need to also submit an Adult Sponsor Responsibilities Agreement form:
    • Fill out and e-sign the form. Your parent/legal guardian, your Adult Sponsor, and you (in that order) will receive an email invitation to fill out and e-sign the form in SignNow after you submit your Youth Participation & Parent Permission Form. Please note that your parent/legal guardian will need to provide the location of your lodging while at GA when filling out this form. Please do not submit the form without this information.
    • Please note: All non-parental adult sponsors (“sponsors”) of youth who are staying in the Portland State University dorms MUST have a background check within the last 12 months; the UUA must ensure this PSU policy. Please visit the Secure Form Uploader Page to learn how to submit a sponsor’s completed background check BEFORE you book at PSU.

If you are having trouble with the SignNow system, check out our SignNow Frequently Asked Questions! (PDF, 2 pages)

Travel Reimbursements

Youth and young adults traveling to UUA events can request travel reimbursement by providing anticipated costs or travel receipts. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color youth and young adults can request up to $625, white youth and young adults can request up to $250. Please fill out this Travel Reimbursement for UUA Events form .

I’m 18

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 (2021-2022 school year), then you are considered a youth and you may use the Youth Registration Form. 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 using the Adult Registration Form. You will be expected to behave as adults and not as peers to youth (PNG).

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 programs 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.

Youth Supervision at General Assembly (GA)

For youth attending Virtual 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. For youth attending GA in person, every youth registrant must have a sponsor (who may also be a parent/guardian but doesn’t have to be) at least 25 years old who is responsible for the youth’s supervision and well-being for the duration of GA. GA Youth staff is responsible for youth programming and support, but not supervision.

However, when violations of the Youth Behavioral Expectations and covenant occur, a selection of GA Youth staff, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff, the Adult Sponsor, the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the youth, and the youth, themself, may be called together to decide the consequences. GA Youth Staff and UUA staff reserve the right to take action, which may include removing the youth from GA Youth programming or GA at their own expense and prohibiting the youth from attending future UUA youth events/programs.

Staying at the PSU Dorms?

Please note: All non-parental adult sponsors (“sponsors”) of youth who are staying in the Portland State University dorms MUST have a background check within the last 12 months; the UUA must ensure this PSU policy. Please visit the Secure Form Uploader Page to learn how to submit a sponsor’s completed background check BEFORE you book at PSU.

More Questions?

We should be your first call or email!

For questions about GA registration, generalassembly@uua.org

For questions about GA youth programming, (617) 948-4686 or gayouth@uua.org.

For questions about GA youth forms, (617) 948-4355 or gayouthforms@uua.org