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How to Be a Youth Caucus Delegate in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 7th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, General Assembly 2015 // 3 comments

Watch ‘n Read ‘n Be a GA Youth Delegate

FUN TIMES Manager Kara Marler Tells You How It Is In Pictures…

FUN TIMES Manager Kara Marler Shares Her Trick for Running the UUA from UUAYaYA on Vimeo.

And in Words…

Youth: Want to be a delegate??

What is a delegate?

A delegate is a General Assembly (GA) participant who represents the voice of their congregation by attending General Sessions during the week and voting on a variety of business items such as amendments, policy changes, and action issues.

The number of delegates a congregation can send is based on how many members they have; each congregation is allowed 1 delegate per 50 voting members, with a minimum of 2 delegates.

For many youth, congregations will help out with paying for financial expenses if they attend GA as a delegate. Talk to your congregational leaders now to see how you can be financially sponsored!

How does one become a delegate?

Step 1: Think on it and make sure you are committed to educating yourself in the voting issues and being the best representative for your congregation you can be. You also must be a member of your congregation to be a delegate, so make sure this applies to you. If not, there might be some additional substeps before you can advance to step 2, pass go, and collect $200. ( — That’s a figure of speech, not a guarantee you will collect two-hundred dollars .– Ed.)(Here are 5 awesome ways to raise funds to attend GA. – Ed.)

Step 2: Volunteer as tribute: the process of choosing delegates is up to each individual congregation, so talk to your minister, DRE, or youth leaders on how to get involved in GA participation at your congregation.

Step 3: Educate yourself on the items up for vote. This can be done through the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) website, and further information will be presented at General Sessions at GA.

Step 4: Pack your thrift-shop flannel and underground indie music; you’re headed to Portland, OR for GA 2015! Once you’re there, your fabulous FUNTIMES managers are here to help you out with anything delegate and business related.


PS – Here is how to become President of the UUA. (Pursuant to Massachusetts State Law you must be at least 18 years of age at time of investiture. – Ed.)

PPS – Here is how to observe the next UUA Board of Trustees meeting, January 16 – 18, with a link to Livestream (which will become active on Jan. 16.)

About the Author

Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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