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UUA Trustee Dorothy Holmes looks on as Youth Observer Bailey Saddlemire speaks at the June 2016 post-GA board meeting.

Every year prior to General Assembly, the Youth Observers (YO) to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees are elected. The Youth Observers to the Board are important, national leadership positions held by Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth who are appointed by UU youth in a national election.

Andrea Briscoe is the 2016-2017 Youth Observer and Bailey Saddlemire is the 2016-2018 Youth Observer. Both Andrea and Bailey have served our faith in numerous leadership roles and they are looking forward to serving Unitarian Universalism in this new role.

Apply to be a candidate for the 2017-2019 Youth Observer position NOW! Deadline MONDAY, MARCH 13th.

Serving UU Youth and Our Faith: Statement from the 2016-2017 Youth Observers

We are ecstatic to be serving as co-Youth Observers for this 2016-2017 term. Both of us wish to increase youth involvement in governance as well as the larger UU community. Youth have a special perspective that can be very valuable to Unitarian Universalist communities and we would like to bring it to the forefront. We would like to ensure the continued involvement of active Unitarian Universalist youth leaders as well. Historically, UU youth have been a great catalyst for change within our association and we would like to honor and continue that legacy. We are excited to pay forward for the community that has supported us for so long. Being effective liaisons for the youth community is our top priority and that should be reflected in our work over the next year.

Andrea Briscoe
Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

Bailey Saddlemire
First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI

Youth observers Andrea Briscoe (left) and Bailey Saddlemire speak at the UUA Board of Trustees meeting in Columbus, Ohio, June 27, 2016.

What's It Like to Be the Youth Observer?: Statement from the 2010-2011 Youth Observer

I had the opportunity to serve Unitarian Universalism in a way I had never before imagined. As the Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees, I had the full responsibilities of any other board member, except voting. This meant I served on committees and working groups, attended calls, and worked individually and in large and small teams. Throughout the year, I was often inspired by the board's efficacy, integrity, knowledge, rigor, and humor. I was also often confused, overly-busy (due to inconvenient timing), and drained. However, I have no regrets about my term as the YO. I have had my mind changed in dramatic ways, and have a much more deep and nuanced understanding of our religious movement. If you are an inspired youth with the confidence to speak to elders, the ability to juggle a heavy workload regardless of competing priorities, and a passion for Unitarian Universalism, I would urge you to run for Youth Observer.

In Ever-Sturdier Faith,

Caleb Raible-Clark
2010-2011 Youth Observer to the
Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees

What's the Youth Observer?: Job Description & Mission Statement

The Youth Observers bring a youth voice to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. The Youth Observers are charged with:

  • Participating in the business of the association as full board members, and bearing the same responsibilities and accountabilities as defined for trustees, excluding matters of voting.
  • Attending four in person board meetings per year, including General Assembly, and participating in monthly board meetings via the internet, as well as working group assignments;
  • Keeping abreast of board issues that affect Unitarian Universalist youth;
  • Remaining active and in good standing with a congregation.

The Mission Statement for the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees is:

"Guided by the vision embodied in the Purposes and Principles of the UUA and in anti-racist imperatives approved by previous Boards, the mission of the Board of Trustees of the UUA includes by is not limited to: creation of goals for the Association, in cooperation with the General Assembly, administration, and our constituents; establishment of policies for the Association, guided by those goals; empowerment of our member congregations through Board leadership in cooperation with the UUA administration, staff, and volunteers; modeling of UU values in our lives and in our roles as Trustees; stewardship in developing and managing the resources of the UUA."

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