Equalize Privilege and All Will Rise

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 2nd 2016 // Featured Youth, Issues and Trends // no comments

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What Noah Learned at UU Mid-West Leadership School by Noah Rowan I have privilege. White privilege. Male privilege. Cis-gender privilege. Economic privilege. Until recently, I felt guilty about my privilege. I shoved it down and denied its existence. I waited for someone to reassure me that privilege was a made up phenomenon. I watched others do the work but called myself an ally. I never spoke up about the numerous opportunities I received. I couldn’t explain or fix it, so why acknowledge that privilege was existent in my life? Recently, I attended UU Youth Midwest Leadership School in Beloit, WI. This intensive experience, which explored leadership development, social justice, our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith, and…

3 Big Lessons of Leadership

Posted by jennicadavishockett // July 29th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // no comments

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Co-deans of the Youth Caucus for this General Assembly.
 Eric Broner, from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta and
Andrea Briscoe from Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA
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Apply to Serve as Youth Caucus Co-Dean and See What You Learn ! by Eric Broner, Co-Dean, Youth Caucus 2016-2017 My week in Columbus at General Assembly was full of many things- questions, answers, memories, regrets, and above all, lessons learned. Not only was Columbus my first General Assembly as a Youth Caucus dean, but it was also my first General Assembly – an experience that has had a huge impact on my life. I think I learned a few things about myself, especially as a leader: 1. Accountability is the number one aspect of leadership. Accountability is equivalent to reliability. Others’ ability to trust in my work, in my leadership helps me get things…

Now’s Your Chance to Dean Youth Caucus

Posted by jennicadavishockett // June 28th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // no comments

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LEAD YOUR PEERS @ GA Youth Caucus Deans are the leaders of the volunteer Youth Caucus Staff for General Assembly and applications are now open through August 10th. Deans work with the Youth Caucus Staff to fulfill the purpose of Youth Caucus, which is to serve youth who want to become more involved in Unitarian Universalism and grow as Unitarian Universalists, including youth who want to be involved in the business of Unitarian Universalism.   Many of you have probably been to Youth Caucus at General Assembly before. However, many of you, like me, may be learning about these things for the first time. Regardless of whether you’ve been training since birth to become Youth Caucus Dean, or whether you’re contemplating…

It’s Alive!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 3rd 2016 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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The General Assembly 2016  Youth Caucus user guide is live and online – find it here:       or HERE.

Lessons From Youth Group

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 4th 2016 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Everything I Know About Parish Ministry I Learned in Youth Group By Alex Haider-Winnett I grew up UU in Southern California in the 90s. My home church in Orange County had an excellent religious education program and a vibrant youth group. Some of my best friends were people I met at cons. I married my wife at the summer camp where we met. My greatest allies, mentors and cheerleaders were adult advisors I had. I found my calling to serve Unitarian Universalism (UU) at General Assembly Youth Caucus. Instead of going to my Senior Prom, I went to a training on youth empowerment and leadership. I credit YRUU with saving my life and giving me…

Start Here

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 14th 2016 // Youth Caucus 2016 User Guide // no comments

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General Assembly 2016 is almost here! We are so excited that you will be joining us for this incredible experience. Whether you attend every GA Youth Caucus event or come to orientation and then spend the rest of the week exploring the wide range of events, worships and workshops available throughout General Assembly, and whether this is your first or fifteenth General Assembly – we welcome you! You’ll find all of your Youth Caucus User Guide materials right here on Blue Boat in a special section. Each post covers a different topic that you’ll want to take a look at before your arrival in Columbus. If you’d prefer, you can download a PDF Version of the User Guide. Get…

Say Hi to YC Staff

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 14th 2016 // Youth Caucus 2016 User Guide // one comment

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Youth Caucus Staff : bringing covenant wherever they go! General Assembly (GA) 2016 is bound to be a phenomenal experience thanks in part to the 2016 Youth Caucus staff who promise you interfaith exploration, lots of singing, fun and games, ways to tap into important social justice movements and the insider scoop on the business of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Andrea Briscoe, Senior Dean Andrea is a Junior who lives in the area of Philadelphia, PA. She attends Main Line Unitarian Church in the Joseph Priestley District of Central East Regional Group (CERG). She loves cooking/baking, learning about different cultures and languages, and enjoys reading anything and everything non-fiction. She has served as leadership on…

Sponsor Info

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 14th 2016 // Youth Caucus 2016 User Guide // 2 comments

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Hello Sponsors! Welcome to General Assembly 2016 – Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect We are Jessica Laike, Jeremy Ritzmann and Joanne Dingus – Advisors to Youth Caucus 2016 Staff and your Sponsor Coordinators! The first thing we’d like to say is THANK YOU! Large spiritual communities, like General Assembly and Youth Caucus, can be powerful . . . life-changing . . . and deeply meaningful, and they can’t happen without adults sponsors. Whether you’re brand-new or have done this a dozen times, you are vitally important. We’re glad you’re here! Youth Caucus provides meaningful, relevant programming opportunities that make GA a positive, spiritually engaging, justice-seeking experience for youth. What YOU Do–What WE Do You, the Sponsor,…

Program Highlights

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 14th 2016 // Youth Caucus 2016 User Guide // 2 comments

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General Assembly is jam packed with tons of amazing programing. There’s no way you could do it all, so be strategic in how you plan out your own schedule. Use this blank grid to fill in your schedule. Check out these highlights in the GA Youth Caucus room and throughout General Assembly. If you want to check out the entire schedule: Download the daily programming PDF and check out the Business Agenda to see the full range of what’s offered at General Assembly, including workshop descriptions. Note: all Youth Caucus workshop descriptions are included in these resources. Download the GA App for a digital copy of the Program Book content, as well as a number of other…

Lead at General Assembly

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 14th 2016 // Youth Caucus 2016 User Guide // no comments

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Hey folks! Your Business Managers here, Isabelle and Hannah, and we want you to become the next generation of youth leaders at GA! This may sound like a daunting prospect, but we have some pointers to help you navigate this year’s General Assembly like a pro. The hardest part of doing anything is starting it, and the first thing you can do to get involved at GA is simply show up to some workshops! The Business team hosts two Involved Youth Strategy sessions during program slot #3 and #4. In our first Involved Youth Strategy session (Thursday, 3:00-4:15), we will discuss the current Congregational Study/Action Issues (CSAIs), which will become the  social justice priorities of…