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Youth Observers to the UUA Board of Trustees
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UUA Trustee Dorothy Holmes looks on as Youth Observer Bailey Saddlemire speaks at the June 2016 post-GA board meeting.

UUA Trustee Dorothy Holmes looks on as Youth Observer Bailey Saddlemire speaks at the June 2016 post-GA board meeting.

APPLY NOW to be a candidate for the 2018-2020 term Youth Observer!

Every year prior to General Assembly, the Youth Observers (YO) to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees are selected. The Youth Observers to the Board are important, national leadership positions held by Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth.

Bailey Saddlemire is the 2016-2018 Youth Observer and Tanner Linden is the 2017-2019 Youth Observer. Both Bailey and Tanner have served our faith in numerous leadership roles and they are looking forward to serving Unitarian Universalism in this new role.

Serving UU Youth and Our Faith: Statement from the 2016-2017 Youth Observers

We are ecstatic to be serving as co-Youth Observers for this 2016-2017 term. Both of us wish to increase youth involvement in governance as well as the larger UU community. Youth have a special perspective that can be very valuable to Unitarian Universalist communities and we would like to bring it to the forefront. We would like to ensure the continued involvement of active Unitarian Universalist youth leaders as well. Historically, UU youth have been a great catalyst for change within our association and we would like to honor and continue that legacy. We are excited to pay forward for the community that has supported us for so long. Being effective liaisons for the youth community is our top priority and that should be reflected in our work over the next year.

Andrea Briscoe
Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

Bailey Saddlemire
First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI

Youth Observers Andrea Briscoe and Bailey Saddlemire speak at the June 2016 post-GA Board of Trustees meeting.

Youth observers Andrea Briscoe (left) and Bailey Saddlemire speak at the UUA Board of Trustees meeting in Columbus, Ohio, June 27, 2016.

What's It Like to Be the Youth Observer? Statement from the 2016-2017 Youth Observer

My time serving as Youth Observer was the most transformative year of my life. I was treated as a full member of the Board of Trustees even though I was not able to officially vote. My fellow board members and I sang, laughed, cried, and worked together, as people of faith, to better our Unitarian Universalist Association. Though there were times that I felt overwhelmed by the position, I could always count on my fellow board members to help me overcome. After every board meeting, I left feeling as though I had grown personally and that I was able to help our faith grow closer to becoming its best self. My time on the board gave me a deeper understanding of Unitarian Universalism, and it made me even more passionate about serving our faith. If you are a youth who is able to flourish in a multigenerational setting, can balance a busy schedule, and is deeply passionate about serving our faith, I urge you to apply for Youth Observer.

Andrea Briscoe
2016-2017 Youth Observer to the
Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees

What's the Youth Observer? Job Description & Mission Statement

The Youth Observers bring a youth voice to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. The Youth Observers are charged with:

  • Participating in the business of the association as full board members, and bearing the same responsibilities and accountabilities as defined for trustees, excluding matters of voting.
  • Attending four in person board meetings per year, including General Assembly, and participating in monthly board meetings via the internet, as well as working group assignments;
  • Keeping abreast of board issues that affect Unitarian Universalist youth;
  • Remaining active and in good standing with a congregation.

The Mission Statement for the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees is:

"Guided by the vision embodied in the Purposes and Principles of the UUA and in anti-racist imperatives approved by previous Boards, the mission of the Board of Trustees of the UUA includes by is not limited to: creation of goals for the Association, in cooperation with the General Assembly, administration, and our constituents; establishment of policies for the Association, guided by those goals; empowerment of our member congregations through Board leadership in cooperation with the UUA administration, staff, and volunteers; modeling of UU values in our lives and in our roles as Trustees; stewardship in developing and managing the resources of the UUA."

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For more information contact youth@uua.org.