GA Youth Programs
GA Youth (formerly Youth Caucus) refers to the programming at General Assembly designed specifically for high school aged youth. GA Youth includes workshops, meetings to support delegates who are youth and to understand General Sessions, worships and fun events in the evening. Other than Orientation, it’s not mandatory for youth to attend GA Youth programs. There are tons of awesome events and activities on the GA Schedule that aren’t youth-specific that you should check out too.
Who Can Attend GA Youth Programs?
Anyone with a name-badge can attend GA Youth programs!
Can Adults Attend?
Yes! Adults play a different role in GA Youth space than they play in majority adult spaces. Since GA Youth is a place for high-school aged youth to explore and make cross-country connections, adult participation is one of mentorship and curiosity in an effort to draw out the gifts and wisdom of the youth.
Can Middle Schoolers Attend?
Yes, with a parent/guardian! Keep in mind that GA Youth programs are geared towards the 10th-11th grade developmental level. GA Youth staff are not equipped to provide younger youth with the additional appropriate support to integrate them into such a large group of several hundred older youth from all over the country, so that's where the parent/guardian comes in. We encourage middle school aged youth to register for the awesome middle school camp.
GA Youth Orientation
Everything you need to know about the week ahead: rules, priorities, and getting to know staff. We’ll also have a sponsor orientation so they can learn their responsibilities. This is mandatory for all youth registrants and their sponsors. If you can’t make the main orientation on Wednesday, makeup orientations will be held at 8:00 AM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; you are responsible for attending the first possible makeup orientation.
GA Youth Offerings
- Delegate Orientation—Learn about your role as a delegate and the major issues you’ll be voting on.
- Check ins – arrive early to Game Night on Wednesday, Covenant on Thursday and Worship on Saturday for check in groups to get to know new people.
- Game Night—meet other youth, play group games, board games and card games.
- Spiritual Practices – start and end your days by checking in with your spirit and learning new practices.
- Building Our Covenant—a covenant is an agreement we make to one another about how we want to be together throughout the week.
- Youth Influence – learn about the ways you can make an impact on our faith movement at GA and beyond.
- Worship —go deep with our healing UU theology in community.
- GenSesh – youth have special seating during General Session so you can plan GenSesh Bingo and learn from peers about the business of our association.
- Theme Conversations – in peer based or multigenerational conversations share what's important to you about our faith.
- Synergy and Bridgers' Reception – the annual tradition of supporting our youth who are moving into emerging adulthood.
- Youth of Color Worship – if you are a Youth of Color you are invited to worship with Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM).
- Closing Circle—Say so long but not farewell to new friends and honor the time you spent together at GA.