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Multicultural Leadership School

Apply Now for the UU Youth and Young Adults Multicultural Leadership School

A Gathering for Unitarian Universalist Youth and Young Adults of Color (ages 15-30)

Check back soon for dates and locations for MLS 2016! Application will be live spring 2016. Until then, check out these reflections from MLS alumni about their experiences:

My Voice, My Experiences and My Journey by Byron Herbert MLS '14

Not the Only One by Aisha Pierre MLS '11

Daughter, Arab-American, Person of Faith by Ranwa Hammamy MLS '11 and MLS staff '14, '15

Lifting UU Voices: Anger Welcome by Kenny Wiley MLS '15

Voices from #MLS2015: Radiating Love by Sunshine Alvarez MLS ‘15

Voices from #MLS2015: I, too, am Unitarian Universalism by Yashasvi Janamanchi MLS ‘15 

About the Multicultural Leadership School

Join other Unitarian Universalist Youth and Young Adults of Color (People of African Descent, Caribbean, Native/American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, Multiracial and Multiethnic) for a four-day gathering to deepen our faith, lift our spirits, and build critical skills for leadership in the face of our uncertain, broken and beautiful world. Participants in the Multicultural Leadership School will be guided by experienced co-facilitators as we worship, feast, play, explore our racial and ethnic identities, practice transformative leadership skills, and create authentic, supportive community. 

This year, as the struggle for racial justice lives on in our streets and classrooms, in courtrooms and corner stores, the Multicultural Leadership School invites you to come get connected to hope and to the skills to lead

Cost & Travel

Participants must apply to attend the Multicultural Leadership School: A Gathering for Unitarian Universalist Youth and Young Adults of Color (15-30). The summer 2016 application is not yet live. Space is limited, so please apply early. All accepted participants will receive full travel, housing accommodations and food with paid registration. The registration fee information for the 2015 MLS is $275. Please do not let the cost of the conference stop you from applying—scholarship money is available and we will work with you to help you if you are interested in attending.

Empower Diversity

In it's fifth year, Multicultural Leadership School prepares youth and young adults of color to meet the leadership challenges with compassion, self-care, strength and a strong community of support. Whether we're addressing global and national issues around racial, economic and social justice or the tokenism, racism, and a high rate of burn-out due to over-commitment that are realities for many Unitarian Universalist leaders of color, Multicultural Leadership School offers resources and companions for the journey!


To apply, fill out the Youth and Young Adults of Color Multicultural Leadership School application form. The application requires brief essays and a recommendation (share the Recommendation Letter Guidelines PDF with your recommender). Preview the application (PDF) so you have everything you need when you start filling it out!


Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Ministries and Faith Development and Multicultural Growth and Witness Staff Groups.

For more information, contact UUA Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at yayaofcolor [at] uua [dot] org.

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