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) 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 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:
- Fill out and e-sign the form. You'll 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 the address email@example.com.
- If you are having trouble with the SignNow e-signature system, check out our SignNow System Info Sheet (PDF). If your troubleshooting still isn't working, or you are not able to submit the form digitally, contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (2021-2022 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 (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 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)
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.
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