Reflections after Thrive Young Adult

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 11th 2017 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith, Mosaic, Social Justice, YA Trainings/Justice Trips/Cons // no comments

Kaitlin Dey, Thrive Young Adult alumni 2016 and 2017, shared this reflection at her congregation last Sunday: I spent the last 10 days in New Orleans. I attended Thrive Young Adult. Thrive is part of Grow Racial Justice that is for UU young adults of color, we dove deep into complex questions about identity, power, spirituality and leadership. We got to explore our roles as young adults of color in our UU movement, build relationships with one another around intersecting identities, share practices  for healing and resistance, and support each other on the path toward liberation. While I was at Thrive, I began dialogues about the beauty and the flaws of our faith. As the week continued and General Assembly began,…

Make an Impact: Be Dean of Youth Caucus

Posted by jennicadavishockett // June 15th 2017 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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 mission and purpose of Youth Caucus, which is to galvanize the youth of our movement by deepening our collective Unitarian Universalist spirituality and helping youth make an impact on our association through General Assembly. Over the last several months, I have enjoyed my time as Junior Dean. When I first started, I was nervous because I had never experienced leadership on such a large scale, but the idea that I would be working with so many new people in the coming…

Start Here

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 22nd 2017 // Youth Caucus 2017 User Guide // no comments

General Assembly 2017 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 New Orleans. If you’d prefer, you can download a PDF Version of the User Guide….

Say Hi to YC Staff

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 22nd 2017 // Youth Caucus 2017 User Guide // no comments

Meet them here virtually, before you meet them for real in NOLA!    

Sponsor Info

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 22nd 2017 // Youth Caucus 2017 User Guide // no comments

Feel free to download and print this letter and the Youth Sponsor Parent/Guardian Sample Agreement. Hello, Adult Sponsors of Youth! Welcome to General Assembly 2017 – Resist and Rejoice! We are Sam Wilson, Kathy Smith, and Pam Lepley –Adult Advisors to the Youth Caucus Staff and your Sponsor Coordinators! Large spiritual communities like Youth Caucus can be powerful, life-changing, and deeply meaningful. These opportunities cannot happen, however, without the help of Sponsors. WE ARE GLAD YOU’RE HERE!  WELCOME! WE OFFER YOU OUR THANKS AND SUPPORT. Sponsor Role You, the Sponsor, are responsible for the safety, health, and well-being of the youth you are sponsoring at all times throughout GA. To help prepare, review our Youth…

Program Highlights

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 22nd 2017 // Youth Caucus 2017 User Guide // no comments

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 your schedule. Use this blank grid to fill in your schedule. Note the mandatory Youth Caucus Orientation from 4:00-5:15pm on Wednesday. If you are won’t arrive in time to attend that orientation, make-up orientations will be held at 8:30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check out these highlights in the GA Youth Caucus room and throughout GA. If you have any questions about programming, don’t hesitate to send an email to for more information. If you want to check out the entire schedule: Download the daily programming PDF and…

Lead at GA

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 22nd 2017 // Youth Caucus 2017 User Guide // no comments

Getting Involved at General Assembly Hey everyone, Hannah, and Annalee here… your Youth Caucus business managers, and we’re so excited to help you make an impact at this year’s General Assembly.  You are not only the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today.  This may sound a little daunting, but don’t worry, we’re here to support and guide youth and delegates who are youth through all the business of General Assembly! Want to be involved in the Wednesday Welcoming Worship? Have a story of a time you encountered resistance in a social justice context, resisted oppression or oppressive systems, or rejoiced in a social justice context?  Apply to be a storyteller for worship! The…


Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 22nd 2017 // Youth Caucus 2017 User Guide // no comments

How can I connect with others while at GA? What is the Youth Caucus Social Media presence? In Person Attending workshops with other youth is a great way to connect with other youth. A few youth caucus members will be gathering groups to go to non-YC workshops as well.  Beyond that, there are several ways to connect around shared interests, shared geography, or shared identity. Ask people to lunch to talk about your shared interests! NOLA has plenty of wonderful restaurants. Reminders of events will be posted in the Youth Caucus Room.   Creating Connections Workshop Don’t miss this opportunity to broaden your connection with other youth! Come to our workshop dedicated to games focused…

Get Support

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 22nd 2017 // Youth Caucus 2017 User Guide // no comments

HI EVERYBODY! We are your Youth Caucus peer chaplains, Kiernan and Nyana, and we can’t wait to meet you all in New Orleans in June! We, along with the rest of the Youth Caucus staff, are looking forward to working with all of you to provide logistical and spiritual support for you to grow and become more involved in Unitarian Universalism throughout the course of General Assembly (GA). Whether you’ve been to GA before or not, it can, and most likely will, at times be both exciting and overwhelming. That’s perfectly normal and we’re here to support you throughout this incredibly immersive experience! Here are some tips and resources that you can utilize at GA:…

Witness at General Assembly 2017

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 22nd 2017 // Youth Caucus 2017 User Guide // no comments

Every year at GA there is a public witness, which is the time at GA where Unitarian Universalists put into action their values about making the world a more equal and just place. This year the public witness will be from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday. Come to the UU College of Social Justice’s Activate Joyful Witness workshop on art & activism right before the public witness (3:15-4:30pm in the Youth Caucus room 217-219) to make art for the public witness! There will be a second line (a traditional New Orleans procession) where UUs and local activists will be marching under the theme of LoveResists. After the 0.9 mile walk there will be an array of speakers…