Full Community for High School Youth, Young Adults and Adults
Our first ever Regional Assembly is April 26th-28th in San Jose, California. This is a FULL COMMUNITY EVENT. There is age specific programming for children and middle schoolers with descriptions listed on the Children and Middle School Youth Programming page. Youth, young adults and adults of all ages will be participating in inspirational workshops, transformational worships and community building experiences that will transcend our district borders. See the descriptions for Workshop Tracks and choose yours when you register.
This is a true learning community, a grand experiment in BIG FAITH * NO BORDERS. A team of youth, young adults and adults from each district are consulting and guiding planners on this uncharted path of Full Community. Come witness a creative event that is accessible and engaging for UUs of all ages across the west. Spread the word!
Full Community Team
Please welcome our Full Community Consulting Team! They are charged with ensuring that Regional Assembly is an inclusive and engaging event for people of all ages.
Jennica Davis: Pacific Western Region
Makayla Vogel: Pacific Northwest District
Elissa McDavid: Pacific Northwest District
Marley Gabel: Mountain Desert District
Natalie Holthaus: Mountain Desert District
Alexa Sefanko: Pacific Central District
Ryan Savage: Pacific Central District
Daniel Martin: Pacific Southwest District
They will be identifying leaders for orientation, Saturday afternoon alternative programming and worship. If you are a workshop facilitator and are interested in bringing in a youth voice, please reach out to this team for suggestions by contacting Jennica Davis, Youth Ministry Specialist at email@example.com / (801) 201-6260
Each participant (or youth group) is responsible for coordinating their own travel plans to the event. Check in is from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM so please plan to arrive with enough time to get settled and check in before the opening celebration at 7:00 PM. Here is a schedule of events to help you plan accordingly.
If you’d like to coordinate travel with another youth group, the Facebook event page is a great place to connect with others.
Each participant, their family, or youth group is responsible for coordinating their own hotel rooms at the DoubleTree. Each room can sleep up to four people. Since all youth have signed a Behavioral Code of Ethics agreeing they will not engage in any sexual or illegal activity while at the event, each youth, their youth group and family are trusted to make sleeping arrangements that fit their needs. Youth may only share a room with other youth unless they are sharing a room with their family. Each room does NOT need to be gender specific. Sponsors are in charge of ensuring the safety of their youth throughout the night. Map of DoubleTree.
The online registration deadline for each youth participant is March 25. Your registration is not complete until each youth has filled out the Code of Ethics – Regional Assembly and mailed it to the PNWD Office to be received by April 10.
The registration deadline for every sponsor is April 10. This includes online registration and mailing in the Code of Ethics – Regional Assembly to the PNWD Office to be received by April 10.
The ratio of youth:sponsors for Regional Assembly is 4:1. Each congregation is in charge of making sure sponsors are responsible adults over 25 years old with background checks in good standing in a congregation. If you are looking for a qualified sponsor, the Facebook event page is a good place to connect.
Friday night after the Opening Celebration, all youth and their sponsors will meet for an orientation and meet and greet. We will cover:
- Hotel Layout
- Rules for the event
- Full Community Covenant
- Expectations for the weekend including curfew, workshop tracks and sponsor responsibilities
- Play get to know you games
Leaders for orientation and Saturday afternoon programming will be identified and oriented by the Full Community Team. If you have experience in leading orientation or facilitating activities at an event or are interested learning how, please contact Jennica Davis with the Full Community Team: firstname.lastname@example.org / (801) 201-6260
Saturday Afternoon Programming
All youth and sponsors are invited to the district business meetings on Saturday afternoon. However, youth and anyone else who choose not to attend the business meetings can participate in alternative full community programming. We’ll play games, get to know each other more deeply and get to learn about each other’s districts more fully.
Friday night curfew is 12:30 AM. This is because we have a long and exciting day on Saturday and it’s important to be able to present our best, most awake and present selves. Saturday night curfew is under review by the Full Community Team…
Youth Inclusion Guidelines
The youth inclusion guidelines are following the UUA’s guidelines and adapted by the Full Community Team.
Rules for the event:
- Each youth is required to have an adult sponsor that is older than 25 years old. Four youth may be sponsored by the same adult.
- Alcohol, tobacco, drugs, weapons/explosives, sexual or sexualized activity, disrespecting the site and its property, disrespect for others and other’s property are all disruptive to the community and are not allowed by either youth or sponsors.
- We are a caring and inclusive community. Participation is encouraged in all workshops and activities to benefit from all they offer. Exclusive behavior, including romantic coupling, is detrimental to the community and is strongly discouraged.
- I agree to abide by the rules of the site and the laws of the city and state where the conference is being held.
- Four youth may sleep in one hotel room, one youth per bed. Adults and youth are not permitted to share a hotel room unless they are family.
- Every youth is required to abide by the curfew set forth at Youth/Sponsor orientation on Friday evening. 12:30 AM on Friday night, 2:00 AM on Saturday. Everyone awake after programming ends is encouraged to stay in the youth room.
- I understand that if I violate these rules I may be asked to leave the conference at my own expense and/or may not be allowed to participate in future YRUU events.
Weekend programming is designed to be welcoming, inclusive and engaging for people of all ages from high schoolers to older adults. It is encouraged that you participate in a workshop track on Saturday. For descriptions of each workshop visit the Workshop Tracks page.
Full Community Covenant
We hope to see you at Regional Assembly!
High School Youth: Jennica Davis, Pacific Western Region Youth Ministries Specialist, (801) 201-6260, email@example.com