Events and Trainings for Youth and Young Adults
Interested in serving on staff for General Assembly?
Apply for GA Youth staff, which galvanizes high school youth at GA and needs youth and adult leaders; Thrive@GA, which provides community and support to young folks of color and needs one youth and one young adult of color for their team; and/or YA@GA, which serves young adults 18-35 and connects, supports and transforms our people and needs young adult leaders.
Unitarian Universalists believe that we are better together. When we come together, we can create change, nurture our spirits and learn new things. Our faith offers many opportunities to gather among peers and in multigenerational community alike. From local to international, you can find an event that's right for you. For even more events, check out Events and Opportunities on Blue Boat Blog. For financial assistance to attend, apply for a leadership grant for youth or young adults. Ask your congregation and region for additional, local grants and sponsorships.
Thousands of UUs gather every year at General Assembly. Youth and young adults are vital members of the GA community. Scholarship and grant opportunities are available for both youth and young adults.
YA@GA brings together young adult attendees of GA for programs, events and an inclusive and energizing community for young adults of all backgrounds to network, worship, and share a collective voice as participants in the larger GA community. Learn about the opportunities for young adults to participate at GA in our Frequently Asked Questions.
Thrive@GA Coordinators for Youth and for Young Adults support 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, and Multiracial) at GA and serve as fully-funded volunteer staff.
Youth exploring the possibility of becoming a religious professional should check out Summer Seminary. Focusing on ordained ministry, religious education, music ministry and chaplaincy the program offers youth the opportunity to explore their call, experience facets of life as a religious professional, and connect with other youth considering ministry and religious education as career paths.
Thrive: Leadership Schools for Youth and Young Adults of Color
Designed specifically for youth and young adults of color, Thrive: Leadership Schools for Youth and Young Adults of Color feature experienced facilitators intentional in providing participants with experiences that will foster relationship building, leadership skills, racial/ethnic identity development, inter-cultural collaboration and deepening of faith identity.
Meaning Makers is a year long spiritual development program for UU emerging adults (age 18-24). Through in-person retreats, virtual small group ministry and mentorship, emerging adults will explore the central questions “Who am I and how can I live my UU faith in the world?”
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The Intergenerational Spring Seminar is an intergenerational gathering held in New York City, which incorporates peer and expert-led panel discussions, community building activities, keynote speeches and worship services, participants undergo a transformative process of learning, reflection, and growth as we explore some of the most challenging issues facing humanity today.
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Activate! is an opportunity for youth to gather in Boston, New Orleans and the Southwest Border for a week or two of skill building, reflection, and service learning. Participants will learn about privilege, identity, and economic justice, and will leave with a supportive community and a deeper understanding of themselves and social justice.
Grounded & Resilient Organizers’ (GROW) Climate Justice Workshop is an intensive five-day training on spiritually grounded climate justice activism for young adults. It is designed to give young activists some of the skills, practices, spiritual grounding and relationships that will help them do the work of climate justice for the long haul.
Thinking globally? From the Parliament of World Religions to a Pilgrimage Tour of South America, there are many international events to check out.
UU College of Social Justice
Global Justice Summer Internships are available for young adults (ages 18–34) who wish to deepen their engagement with social justice and discover new ways to put their faith into action.
Local and Regional Events for Youth
Cons and Rallies
Youth conferences (called “cons” in some places and “rallies” in other places) are local, district or regional events usually held in a congregation, organized and run in youth and adult partnership. In addition to cons and rallies, trainings, workshops, gatherings and more happen on the district and regional levels. Please check your district or regional websites for information.
Youth and multigenerational UU Camps, summer institutes and retreat centers can be found all across the nation. Find a camp near you! Explore the Unitarian Universalist Alliance of Camp and Conference Centers (PDF).
Generally longer than a weekend, these leadership schools offer immersive opportunities for participants to gain leadership skills, deepen their faith and build connections with other youth. Pacific Northwest GoldMine and Central East Regional GoldMines are exclusively for youth, while Southern Region Leadership Experiences and MidWest Leadership School are multigenerational.
The Chrysalis Trainings are leadership and skill-development programs for youth and adults who work with youth. UUA regional staff facilitate or appoint facilitators for these trainings.These trainings cover peer chaplaincy, spirituality development and leadership development. Contact your UUA regional staff to find out how to host one in your area.
Local and Regional Events for Young Adults
An open-source calendar of events for and by young adult Unitarian Universalists (UUs), anyone can view the details of this public calendar. Want to add your event? Email yacm [at] uua [dot] org with the event you want to add or to have this calendar shared with you.
Faith Architects equips young adults with the skills to create and bolster healthy Young Adult communities. Through the familiar format of conferences, the Scaffold Series deploys skills in three areas: Community Building, Social Justice, and Worship.
Check with your UUA regional staff and the calendar on your district's website to find out what is going on in your local area. For other local, district, regional, and national gatherings open to young adults, check the UUA Calendar of Events.
Young adult and multigenerational UU Camps, summer institutes and retreat centers can be found all across the nation. Find a camp near you! Explore the Unitarian Universalist Alliance of Camp and Conference Centers (PDF).
National Campus Ministry Association Conference
Over the course of three days, campus ministers from several denominations, traditions, and religious groups gathered to learn, to plan, and to support each other in their work at the NCMA Conference. Read about the experience on Blue Boat Blog.