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 2018-2019 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 (available soon), 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 (available soon), 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.
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 (2018-2019 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
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, those who have just finished 8th grade may not get their needs met by GA Youth.
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 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). 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 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.
We should be your first call or email! (617) 948-4350 or youth [at] uua [dot] org