Young Adults at General Assembly
Young Adults at General Assembly (YA@GA) exists to support, connect and transform young adults and folks of all generations at UUA General Assembly. We do this work through workshops, worships and informal gatherings geared toward young adults, multigenerational programming designed to bring us together across generations, and opportunities for older adults to learn from young adults. We work hard to support young adults who experience marginalization and oppression or just get overwhelmed at GA, to connect folks to the spirit, to our faith and to each other, and to transform ourselves and our larger UU community.
We know that young adults come to General Assembly with a range of experiences and identities. We are college students; we are young professionals. We are lifelong Unitarian Universalists (UUs); we are newcomers to the faith. We are single; we are partnered; we have children. We are thoroughly involved in this religious movement; we may want to be; we may not know how to be. In previous years young adults formed a caucus at GA, but in 2014 we shifted toward “Young Adults at General Assembly” or YA@GA. To learn more about this transition and the opportunities for young adults to participate at GA, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
The YA@GA team is led by two co-facilitators who are chosen by election and serve staggered two-year terms. Our recent co-facilitators were Cameron Young (GA 2016-17) and Aisha Ansano (GA 2017-18). Each year there are 2-3 additional staff on the team, who are selected through an application process in the fall. Our 2017 staff were Sara Green (Worship and Pastoral Coordinator), Sean Page (Community Engagement Coordinator) and Zollie Davis-Huntley (Bridging Events Coordinator). The staff spend the year working with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries to prepare workshops, worships, informal gatherings and the Synergy bridging service.
Several forms of financial aid and scholarships are available to young adults needing assistance in attending General Assembly. Volunteers have their registration paid in exchange for a number of volunteer hours at GA. General GA scholarships are available and young adult specific scholarships are also available; applicants are considered for both scholarship programs through their one application form. Both scholarship and volunteer applications are accepted March 1 through March 31.
Information about housing at GA - including hotels, home hospitality, and an email list to assist with finding roommates - can be found at General Assembly Housing.