Youth and Young Adults
Geographic Expressions of Youth Ministry in MA
Youth Conferences Across the Region
We are blessed to have clusters of congregations in our respective former districts (Central Midwest, Heartland and Prairie Star) who help to create, with youth and adult leaders, distinct structures for youth events in their respective areas. In FY14, there were more than a dozen youth ministry events across the region, serving just under 1,000 youth and adult leaders!
To enable and foster such a robust youth ministry experience, we are working with a variety of geographical structures for youth events, to keep them all engaging and safe.
Our MidAmerica regional staff member, Nancy Combs-Morgan, ncombsmorgan [at] uua [dot] org, continues to work with congregations on developing sustainable youth ministry experiences, as well as continuing education training, such as the “New Youth Advisor Webinars" (Sept. 9th and 18th). Nancy Combs-Morgan serves as advocate for the three area youth councils; she organizes the training for the Con-Coordinators for the Central Midwest Area. Nancy works directly with the Con-Coordinators, and is the point person for congregational leaders who questions about youth conferences in the MA region.
Youth Midwest Leadership School
Established though the efforts of Dori Davenport Thexton in 2009 while the school was still at Beloit College in Wisconsin. A talented faculty of youth and adults continue to enable this important leadership development experience for MA youth.
Location: Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Save the Dates: mid-July each year. For more information on YMLS, contact: youth-info [at] mwls [dot] org
Heartland Area Youth Council
HAYC is comprised of youth and adult leaders who are elected at the annual Bridging Conference, held each Spring. For more information on activities in the Heartland Area, contact: Nancy Combs-Morgan.
HAYC works with congregations to provide a host of engaging youth conferences and trainings. Currently all HAYC events are open to youth and adults from the entire MA region.
As more events are finalized for the Heartland area, we will continue to post updates for the Spring.
Northern Area Youth Council (Central Midwest Area) – (congregations north of I-80)
Northern Area Youth Council (NAYC) is a youth-adult leadership group made up of members of the Unitarian Universalist youth community in the northern area of the MidAmerica region. NAYC helps ensure quality youth programing in our area. Current members are Phillip Berry from DuPage UU Church in Naperville, IL, Jack Spector-Bishop and Travis Black from Countryside UU Church in Palatine, IL, Tamara Bryant and Samantha Burden from First Unitarian Society of Madison, WI, Jennifer Dunmore from Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, Molly Freund from the UU Church of Rockford, and Connie Meade from Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL.
Congregations in the northern area submit an application to NAYC to request being a site of the northern Fall or Spring con. For more questions: Tamara Bryant, bryant [dot] tamaraj [at] gmail [dot] com
Southern Area Youth Council (Central Midwest Area)– (Congregations south of I-80)
Fall Youth CONs are a joint effort of two or more congregations. Registrations are open to youth and adults in the southern area.
Youth Ministry Trainings in the Region - open to all youth and adults from the entire region
October and November 2018 – Spirituality Development Conference/Training
This training, with a cap of 40 attendees, focuses on building worship planning skills for youth and adults who will be providing worship for their congregations, youth groups, and at youth conferences. It will include a host of worship resources on new models of worship. For questions: Nancy Combs-Morgan, ncombsmorgan [at] uua [dot] org
Prairie Star Area
There are many talented congregational youth and adult leaders who do plan and provide youth ministry events in the Prairie Star area, such as 2014's DefCon in Des Moines, and UniCon in White Bear, MN. These events are organized by the local congregation and will be posted on the MA Region site. Please be sure to send us your event information, so that we can publicize the conference. Send to: calendar [at] midamericauua [dot] org