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Youth at the Intergenerational Spring Seminar

5 youth enjoying the 2017 UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar

Youth participants at the 2017 Intergenerational Spring Seminar

The Intergenerational Spring Seminar hosted by the UU Office at the United Nations is open to anyone age 14 and up, and typically around half of all participants are youth. The 2020 Intergenerational Seminar will take place online only, so there is no need for youth attendees to have an adult Sponsor as they do for other UUA youth events that take place in person. 

Who counts as a Youth?

Youth attendees comprise approximately half of the attendees at the Intergenerational Spring Seminar. Per the UUA Youth Safety Guidelines: “youth” are defined as those in high school grades 9-12 or the equivalent for homeschooled youth. For the purposes of its programs, the UUA defines “youth” as any young person currently in high school (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth or other uncommon schooling situations) as well as minors of the same age who have left school without receiving a diploma. Youth fitting this definition may or may not be minors. This standard is a shift from an older age-based definition to a new life-stage definition. Here is a breakdown of how this terminology works in real-life situations.

  • 18-20 AND in high school = youth and a legal adult
  • 14-17 (of high school age) and in alternate schooling = youth and a minor
  • 18 or older and not in high school (college, work, dropped out) = legal adult, not a youth
  • Under 18 and in college = minor, not a youth​​