PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes. It will not be updated in the future, and some links may no longer work properly.  For more up-to-date information, please visit the Mid America UUA site.  Thank you!

Prairie Star YAC Seal of Approval

Prairie Star District’s Youth Adult Committee (YAC) created a guide for district-level programming for youth. YAC established guidelines with the goal of creating safe and nurturing environments at any youth event taking place in the Prairie Star District. PSD encouraged all congregations to consider such guidelines when sponsoring youth activities. Doing so establishes certain standards will be met in planning and overseeing the event.

The Seal of Approval (SOA) is granted by the Youth and Young Adult Specialist to a limited number of specific youth events or conferences. Planners and organizers of these events have pledged to abide by the PSD guidelines. The SOA includes access to resources that assist groups in planning for a successful event. Attentive planning will help support an inclusive community and conference culture which reflects UU principles and provides opportunity for growth in areas of worship, youth-adult relations, community building, social action, learning and leadership.

You can send your questions and applications to Sherry Warren.

It is recommended you apply for the SOA at least 12 weeks before the scheduled event to allow sufficient time to get the seal and resources, to promote your event and collect registrations. CON planning groups should be big enough and committed to the task; a minimum of 10 is suggested.

To apply for the Seal of Approval (SOA): Assemble your event planning team. Review the PSD Guidelines for Youth Conferences in detail. Complete the SOA application. If you have questions about any parts of the application, please contact the CONsultants for assistance. Submit, via US mail, your application to Sherry Warren, allowing 3 weeks for processing.When your application is approved you will: Get a YAC PACK containing resources to help you plan a successful event. See your event posted on the PSD web site (if requested). Be able to use the seal on registration materials. Have access to available youth and congregation mailing lists or mailing labels.

The goal of this process is to empower youth to create quality experiences for event attendees and event planners and hosts. Quality experiences are those that enrich and strengthen youth program at all levels; local, regional, district, and beyond.

No conference can claim the SOA without application to, review by, and permission of the YAC. The YAC will award the Seal of Approval to no more than one conference per month in any state in the district, and to none within 2 weeks of the PSD YRUU Annual Business Meeting and Election. This once-per-month schedule may also include training conferences such as the spirituality development conference, leadership development conference, etc.

Mailing lists or labels provided with the seal are to be used only for that specific event’s communications. If a sponsoring congregation or organization’s event does not comply with the PSD guidelines, no seal will be awarded to that congregation or organization for one year following the infraction.

Who Are Young Adults?

Young adults are those who are exiting the teenage experience but have not yet settled into adulthood. Of course, some people never “settle” into anything throughout life, and some are forced to grow up at a very early age. But in order to focus on people with shared experiences and challenges rather than including 65-year-old “young adults at heart”, C*UUYAN (and the Unitarian Universalist Association) define young adults as persons between the ages of 18 and 35.

Most young adult activities are flexible, so if you don’t quite fit into that age range, you may still be able to participate.

See MidAmerica Region Youth and Young Adult Resources!

Young Adult Conferences

Opportunities for young adults (ages 18 to 35) to get together:

Conceivable: Dismantling Injustice

When: From Friday, May 04, 2012 -  07:00am to Sunday, May 06, 2012 - 08:00pm

Location: Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
745 Woodside Road, Springfield, Illinois

Cost: Sliding Scale: $40.00 - $90.00 (Scholarships available)

Open to: individuals between the ages of 18 and 35.

Join us for a modern twist on an anti-racism/anti-oppression weekend. We will focus on racial, gender, and sexual orientation prejudice; where they arise from and what can we do as individuals to try and improve what is going on around us. By each going on a journey of individuation to find how we want to define ourselves and what societal norms we are willing to allow be applied to ourselves we will search for a path beyond oppression. If you are ready to start this journey together then join us for a weekend of social action and personal growth! By volunteering with Empower Women in Africa, examining underlying societal structures that create prejudice and engaging in group discussions and artistic mediation, we we’ll empower each other to become the change we wish to see in the world.

You are invited to spend the weekend meeting with young adults from around the Midwest doing social justice, attending workshops, enjoying contemporary worship and good food with old & new friends. Participants may sleep at the church or make other arrangements for overnight lodging. Make sure to bring comfy overnight gear, the snacks you can’t live without—and something to share at Saturday night’s coffee house!