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Youth Trustee to the UUA Board of Trustees

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 2016-2018 Youth Observer Bailey Saddlemire speaks at the June 2016 post-GA board meeting.

Photo headshot of Tanner Linden, candidate for the 2017-2019 Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees.

Tanner Linden, 2017-2019 Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees

Linden, 16, is a homegrown UU and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, California. He serves his district as the Communications Director on the Pacific Southwest District (PSWD) Young Religious UUs (YRUU) Board. Additionally, He is active in his home congregation as a Worship Associate and youth group leader. When he is not engrossed in UU activities he spends his time working at the Santa Barbara Zoo as a Guest Experience Specialist.

Participate in the Governance of Our Denomination!

The application process to be a candidate for the 2019-2021 term Youth Trustee is open - please apply now!

Every year prior to General Assembly, the Youth Observers to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees were selected. Now, the Youth Trustees will be selected by the Nominating Committee to be voted into service at the following General Assembly. The Youth Trustees are important, national leadership positions held by Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth.

Tanner Linden is the 2017-2019 Youth Observer and Chelsea Hendrix is the 2018-2020 Youth Observer. Both Tanner and Chelsea have served our faith in numerous leadership roles and they are enjoying serving Unitarian Universalism in this new role.

Before Youth Trustees, there were Youth Observers ...

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 a Youth Trustee? Job Description & Mission Statement

The Youth Trustees are full, voting members of the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees, but also bring a youth voice to the Board, representing a larger connection to UU youth communities. The Youth Trustees 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, including 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 Universalists;
  • 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."