Meet Our New Youth Observers to the UUA Board

Posted by Bart Frost // April 12th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA, youth // no comments

Welcome Andrea and Bailey! We are pleased to announce that the 2016-2018 Youth Observer Elections have come to a close and we are have two stellar Youth Observers. Nine congregations voted and both elections were very close. Our next Youth Observers will be Andrea Briscoe and Bailey Saddlemire.     Andrea Briscoe Andrea will be serving as Youth Observer for one year, 2016-2017. She is a member at Main Line Unitarian Universalist Church in Devon, PA. Andrea has served our faith in a number of roles including as a peer youth chaplain and worship coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Youth Ministry Council. She current serves as Senior Dean of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly…

Watch the Youth Observer Candidate Statements

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 24th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

We asked each of your candidates to tape themselves talking about why they want to serve as Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. Watch and listen to what they said, and vote! Read about each of the Youth Observer candidates here.   Click for Youth Observer Voting Process and ballots. Ballots must be received by April 4, 2016. Watch the videos here: One Year Term Candidates Andrea Briscoe                                                                Izzy Springs                         Two Year Term Candidates Bailey Saddlemire                                                         Megan Schulz

Youth Observer Candidates

Posted by Bart Frost // March 22nd 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

One or Two Year Terms: Four Candidates to Meet Friends, it is that time of the year again! It’s time to elect the next Youth Observers to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. , Olivia and Caleb describe their role as the current Youth Observers in this statement:  “This position helps us share that light with the adults of our faith and establish our collective voice as youth leaders, thus creating a strong multi-generational community.” For the first time ever we have contested elections and candidates for the two year position. Before getting to meet the candidates, here is the job description for the position: The Youth Observers bring a youth voice to the…

4 Year Leadership Track for Youth

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 9th 2016 // Contact Us, Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

Ever think to yourself, “ACK! There are too many awesome Unitarian Universalist youth opportunities out there, how am I ever going to do them all!?” Sometimes it feels like a high stake game of checkers where you just can’t figure out the strategy. Luckily, programs are offered year after year so you don’t have to do everything by your next birthday. Freshman, use can this infographic to map out your four year plan. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, use can this same infographic to track your progress along your leadership journey. (See the year-by-year breakouts below.) If it still feels overwhelming, do not hesitate to reach out to us in the Office of Youth and Young…

5 Ways to Support Youth In Your Congregation

Posted by Bart Frost // October 1st 2015 // 2014 Youth Ministry Survey, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, UUA // one comment

A.K.A. 5 Things Your Congregation Will Thank You For Our survey of 351 Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth provided some real gems and had some real flaws. Here are the five major takeaways we learned: 1. Build Opportunities for Connection This survey shows us that our youth want to be involved in the life of their congregation because they are already invested in their congregation. Think about the times when you feel most welcome in a situation. Did someone invite you to the party, to worship, to a concert? When you showed up, did they ignore you or did they welcome you and engage you in conversation?   Invite your youth to worship! If they can’t make…

Announcing Youth Caucus 2016 Deans

Posted by jennicadavishockett // September 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // one comment

At the time this post was published, there were a mere 270 days before thousands of Unitarian Universalists would gather from around the nation to learn, worship and do business together at General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH. This year’s Sr. Dean, Andrea Briscoe, and Jr. Dean Eric Broner will be spending each of those days joyously laboring over creating the best Youth Caucus experience yet. Please give them a hearty welcome! Bio: My name is Andrea Briscoe and I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m 16 and currently a junior in high school.  UU profile: I’m a member of Main Line Unitarian Church where I served on the Board of Trustees as the youth…

Youth Observer 2015-2016 Caleb Leman

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 15th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

In His Own Words by Caleb Leman I want to serve this faith because I believe that the elusive goals of happiness and truth are much easier obtained with the support of trust and love through human connection.   Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith offers a unique community that makes profound impacts on how people think and act. Growing up, I went through many different Religious Education curricula and with each class learned more about what I believe. For example, an ongoing discussion in my youth group is on the subjectivity of morality, which continues to push me to keep an open mind and seek to understand why I believe what I believe. The open…

Youth Observer 2015-2016 Olivia Calvi

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 8th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

In Her Own Words By Olivia Calvi Growing up Unitarian Universalist, I felt a lot of pressure to figure out what my beliefs were. The adults in my life would always tell me that I could believe anything I wanted to believe. I felt like that message carried a hidden one: I had to believe something and I had to know what I believed. As you can imagine that caused a great inner struggle when I went through Coming of Age. I got through the experience, but I never really gained much from it because I did not feel the need to solidify my beliefs. My credo was a wish-wash of what could be, but…

Expert Observers

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 18th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, GA, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // no comments

2015-2016 Youth Observers to the UUA Board of Trustees Announced Friends, the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is pleased to announce Olivia Calvi and Caleb Leman as the 2015-2016 Youth Observers to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees. We would like to thank those who participated in the voting process. The Youth Observer positions are full, non-voting members of the Board. Caleb and Olivia will bring their unique perspectives as youth leaders in their work with the Board. Olivia and Caleb will begin their service at the end of General Assembly 2015 and serve until the end of General Assembly 2016. Who Are Your Youth Observers? OLIVIA CALVI – Has served…

Elect Your Youth Observers!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

Choose Who Represents Youth on the UUA Board of Trustees Meet your candidates for the ONE YEAR position of Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. Voting begins May 7. Attention: Candidates for the TWO YEAR position of Youth Observer are still sought, apply before MAY 1, 2015.             Olivia Calvi I have been a Unitarian Universalist my entire life and I can say without a doubt I would not be anywhere near the person I am today without it. Finding my home at PSWD’s Camp de Benneville Pines transformed my idea of what it means to be a part of this faith. The raw community that…