Youth are nominated to be elected by the General Assembly to serve as voting members of the Board of Trustees. They serve alongside ten other trustees elected at large, the Co-Moderators (who chair the Board), the Financial Advisor, and the President of the Association (who does not vote). The Board of Trustees oversees the management and policies of the Association of UU congregations. You can learn more about the Board of Trustees and read the Board of Trustees’ covenant (PDF).
To serve as Youth Trustee you will need to acquire knowledge of the UUA Bylaws (PDF) and governance manual, take anti-racism/anti-oppression training, have a strong UU support network and have some spiritual practices for grounding and resilience - all of which your friendly UUA staff in Lifespan Faith Engagement can support you in.
The Board meets monthly for two hours on Zoom and has a 3-day meeting in October and 2-day meetings in January and April. In addition, the Board meets for several days before and after General Assembly in June (NOTE: All expenses related to presence at Board meetings and GA(s) are paid by the UUA). You may be asked to take some days off school to attend these meetings.
In between meetings you may be asked to write and monitor governance policies for the UUA, and serve on some Board-only committees, as the Board liaison to other committees and/or on working groups. On average, you will be volunteering 8 hours of your time each month in addition to the meetings mentioned above.
As of April 2021 the nominating committee has not received candidates for Youth Trustees for the 2022 and 2023 church years.
The two open positions for Youth Trustee will be appointed at General Assembly in June, 2021: one 1-year term and one 2-year term. To be considered, you must be a member in good standing of a UUA member congregation and of high school age (14-19) for the entirety of your term.