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Events and Trainings for Youth

There are many events and trainings that offer the opportunity for youth to gather with one another. If you are looking for advisor training opportunities, please visit Youth Advisors.

National Events

  • General Assembly Youth Caucus
    Youth Caucus brings together all youth attendees of General Assembly for workshops, worship, social events and more. Check here for information about youth at General Assembly (GA) including frequently asked questions about programming, housing and sponsors.
     
  • Summer Seminary
    Summer Seminary is a program for Unitarian Universalist youth exploring the possibility of becoming a religious professional.  Focusing on ordained ministry and religious education, 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.  This program is open to those in grades 10-12 or the equivalent for the 2012-2013 school year, including those who are bridging into young adulthood this spring and summer.  
     
  • Multicultural Leadership School
    Designed specifically for youth and young adults of color (ages 15-30), this three and a half day school will feature experienced facilitators who will be 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.
     
  • National Youth Justice Summit
    Run by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, the National Youth Justice Summit is an opportunity for youth to gather in Boston for a week 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.
     
  • Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Spring Seminar
    An intergenerational gathering held in New York City, the Spring Seminar has a significant youth component. The 2013 Seminar is on stopping violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Local and Regional Events

  • Chrysalis
    A series of trainings covering youth chaplains, spirituality development and leadership development, Chrysalis is available for clusters, districts and regions to host.
     
  • District and Regional Cons, Rallies, Trainings and Other Events
    Listings of cons, rallies, trainings, workshops, gatherings and more happening on the district and regional levels.
     
  • Summer Leadership Schools
    Generally longer than a weekend con, these leadership schools offer opportunities for participants to gain leadership skills, deepen their faith and build connections with other youth. Some are exclusively for youth while others are multigenerational.
     
  • Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences
    This site compiles the various camps, summer institutes, year-round retreat centers and other offerings available through council members.

Event Policies

  • UUA Youth Involvement & Safety Guidelines (PDF, 17 pages)
    Developed specifically for events hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), these guidelines document the procedures that UUA staff follow for including youth or minors in UUA groups and events.
     
  • Participant Covenant for UUA Youth Events (PDF, 1 page)
    This participant covenant is used for all Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) sponsored youth events and is signed by all participants (youth and adult). It sets forth the expectations of behavior at the event. Consider these elements when creating your own participant covenant.

    Note that these procedures are specifically designed to address the UUA’s unique circumstances; each congregation or community should develop their own safety policies that reflect the laws in their jurisdiction and make their environments safe and welcoming for all. For a comprehensive process to do so, see "Safe Congregations."

For more information contact youth @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Monday, April 1, 2013.

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