On the horizon is a time of transition as Heartland, Prairie Star, and Central Midwest Districts deepen their relationship to each other and to regionalization in MidAmerica. The respective district boards from Central Midwest, Prairie Star, and Heartland have been in thoughtful communication about what this expanded move into regionalization will mean for each of our respective districts as they primarily work on issues of governance.
In terms of staffing, the co-employed staff from the three districts have decided to appoint Nancy Combs Morgan their first regional staff person, ¾-time, to work coordinating youth and young adult ministries. Nancy is currently full time on the staff of Heartland District and will continue to work there ¼ time as Faith Development Director. This portfolio change will begin on Sept. 1st, 2011. This appointment is a transitional appointment which we expect to last two years.
Making this shift now was a way of keeping a person in this position during a time of exceptional austerity while allowing us to live in to substantially new program and administrative structures. We look forward to shaping these new structures in conversation with the leaders of the three districts of the MidAmerica region.
YOUTH CONDUCT AGREEMENT
Each youth in grades 7-12 will submit a signed Parental Permission Form and a signed Conduct Agreement. By checking the box in the registration form, you agree to the following guidelines:
- Each youth will be sponsored by an adult registered for the event.
- Participants will endeavor to be present in body and spirit, and mutually supportive of one another.
- Participants will demonstrate respect for self, others, and property throughout the event.
- Alcohol or drug use, weapons, violence, and disrespectful or illegal behavior are prohibited.
- Participants will respect the Policy on Healthy Boundaries and Community below.
- No pets.
- All participants will remain on-site during the events and activities.
Policy on Healthy Boundaries and Community
This policy seeks to create a safe space for all participants, where healthy and appropriate boundaries are upheld. While sexuality is a healthy and important part of young people's lives, there are times and places where sexual behavior is inappropriate and exclusive relationships detract from the community. All participants must abide by the following policies:
- Participants must respect each other’s physical boundaries.
- Youth participants shall refrain from sexual, seductive, or erotic behavior while at the event.
- Sexual behavior by youth participants at the event and sexual harassment are not permitted and will not be tolerated.
- Any harassment regarding race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or disability will not be
tolerated. Such harassment includes unsolicited remarks, gestures or physical contact, and display or circulation of written
materials or derogatory pictures directed at any of these categories. In addition, sexual advances, jokes, explicit or offensive
pictures, requests for sexual favors, sexting, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual
- The event leadership team is responsible for ensuring this policy is enforced. Parents/guardians are invited to discuss this
policy with youth.
Checking the box "I have read and understood the Rules" on your Registration Form means:
I have read, understand, and agree to abide by this Conduct Agreement. I understand that in accordance with UUA policy, shouldthere be violations of this agreement there may be disciplinary action which may include parental notification, dismissal from theevent at youth/parent’s expense, inability to attend future UUA youth events, and other actions as appropriate to the situation.