Thrive Youth Travel
We’re looking forward to seeing you in Minneapolis, MN for 2019 Thrive Youth!
- You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements.
- You must notify of us of your travel plans as soon as possible. Email your travel information (you can forward a reservation confirmation email) to Deborah at youth [at] uua [dot] org with the exact arrival and departure locations/dates/times (and, for youth attendees being driven, who will be dropping you off and picking you up) so that we know when we can expect you and where to meet you.
This deadline is pretty tight, so if you have problems it's understandable. Just email or call Deborah at youth [at] uua [dot] org or (617) 948-4355 right away and she'll help you work through any obstacles so you can meet the deadline.
Our many thanks for being on top of these event logistics; it makes the whole process so much smoother for everyone!
Through the generosity of our donors, the UUA Annual Program Fund and the Alumni Giving Program, some need-based financial assistance was made available for participating in this program. If you received a travel subsidy, you will be notified shortly after your registration date of the amount you were granted.
Funds will be awarded on a rolling basis until they're gone. Your check will be made out to your parent/guardian and mailed to the address you provided on your registration after you have confirmed your participation, unless you tell us you'd prefer a different arrangement.
It is UUA policy that all youth are met and dropped off at the airport or station of their arrival/departure and escorted at all times during the event by UUA staff. Cell phone numbers for event staff are provided before travel, so you can connect with a staff member if there is any trouble with delayed or canceled flights or missed connections. Check out the UUA Youth Event Travel Guidelines for Parents/Guardians (PDF, 2 pages) to learn more specifically how we support the youth entrusted to our care.
In case of travel delays or cancellations, program staff will ensure that all youth are supervised until they have departed on their mode of travel. Their parent/guardian will be contacted to assist with new travel arrangements if necessary.
If you are arriving by plane, please book your reservation to arrive at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) on Wednesday, July 17th between 2:00 and 6:00 pm. Departure must be on Sunday, July 21st between 2:00 and 6:00 pm. (It’s very helpful if everyone arrives/departs around the same time, because our event agenda and staffing are tight.)
Everyone will be met and dropped off at the Minneapolis airport by program staff in shuttles and escorted back-and-forth to the meeting locations.
If you plan to arrive before Wednesday, July 17th or leave after Sunday, July 21st (perhaps to visit family/friends) you may still do so, but the UUA does not hold responsibility for you outside of those dates. Please let us know of your other travel plans and who will be picking you up and/or dropping you off.
Local (MN) Attendees—Driving
If you are driving directly there, please meet us at the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis to arrive on Wednesday, July 17th between 2:00 - 6:00 pm; you can depart on Sunday, July 21st after 2:00 pm. There will be program staff on-site to welcome you.
Transportation Alternatives—Train, Bus
Please let Sara or Deborah know if you prefer to take a train or bus to this event before you purchase your tickets, so we can coordinate your arrival and departure times with you. We will pick you up and drop you off at your station, but we must arrange the arrival and departure timing tightly due to staffing limitations.
First Time Flying Alone
Here is a helpful resource about flying alone if you haven’t done it before, or often: Flying Alone Guide for Youth (PDF)
We Are Here to Help
As always, if you have any questions or challenges, please contact Deborah Neisel-Sanders at youth [at] uua [dot] org or (617) 948-4350 and she will be glad to help you through this process. That's what she's here for! If you can't call during regular business hours email Deborah to schedule an evening or weekend call.