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) was granted by the Youth and Young Adult Specialist to a limited number of specific youth events or conferences. Planners and organizers of these events pledged to abide by the PSD guidelines. The SOA included access to resources that assist groups in planning for a successful event. Attentive planning helps 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.

Sherry Warren is the person who handled questions and applications.

No conference could claim the SOA without application to, review by, and permission of the YAC. The YAC awarded 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 were to be used only for that specific event’s communications. If a sponsoring congregation or organization’s event did not comply with the PSD guidelines, no seal could be awarded to that congregation or organization for one year following the infraction.

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!

Here are some resources that will help you find young adults in your area and beyond.

Young Adult and Campus Ministry Office at UUA Learn about resources for young Adult and Campus Ministry Groups.

Continental UU Young Adult Network (C*UUYAN) Find a young-adult group or campus ministry near you, or attend a continent-wide conference.

Church of the Younger Fellowship A virtual young-adult congregation for young adults worldwide.