Youth at Spring Seminar
Youth at the Intergenerational Spring Seminar
International Engagement & Building Peace

The UU United Nations Office's Intergenerational Spring Seminar is open to anyone age 14 and up, and typically around half of all participants are youth. Youth orientation begins the evening before the full Seminar begins, so for Seminar 2020 youth and their Sponsors will arrive by 6pm on Wednesday, April 15. Safety is our top priority—all youth attending the seminar must be accompanied by an adult Sponsor (maximum 5 youth per Sponsor). Upon arriving, a thorough orientation will be provided for Youth and their Sponsors. See our 2019 FAQ sheet for Youth and Sponsors (PDF) to learn more.

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​

What's a Youth Sponsor?

A Sponsor is an adult (age 25+) who is designated by a youth's parent/guardian(s) to be responsible for supervising the youth attendee during the Intergenerational Spring Seminar. A youth's Sponsor should be someone who they and their parent/guardian(s) know and trust, such as a youth advisor at their congregation. The role of Sponsors at the Intergenerational Spring Seminar is to support youth participation and leadership and to supervise their sponsored youth during the event. A Sponsor may serve in that role for up to 5 youth attendees. We ask for congregations to send no more than one adult Sponsor per two youth.

Lodging for Youth & Sponsors

The UU-UNO has reserved a block of rooms at HI New York City Hostel which will be used for youth, sponsor, and young adult lodging during the event. All Youth and Sponsors attending the Seminar must stay at the hostel. Youth and Sponsors will be assigned to gender-exclusive rooms and will be asked during registration to select the room they feel comfortable lodging in: female, male, or multigender. At least two adult sponsors will be assigned to each dorm room. More details about accommodations at HI New York City Hostel can be found on the Housing and Travel page.

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