Youth Empowerment Through Participation!

Youth Empowerment Through Participation!

Crowdfunding Completed: April 15, 2017

Amount Funded: $1520

Project Owner: UU Congregation of Asheville, NC

Short Description of Project

With your help, for the first time, our Coming Of Age Youth will attend General Assembly where they will participate in Youth Caucus!

How was this project connected to UU?

This trip will be a real-world expression of the Seven Guiding Principles and will further the youth's embodiment of these ideas in a true "coming-of-age" fashion.  What could be more UU than traveling in a multi-generational UU group, encountering racial justice work, and participating in General Assembly?

Seven Guiding Principles:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Full Description of Project

This year, for the first time, UU Congregation of Asheville is sending Coming of Age Youth to General Assembly in New Orleans!  Thirteen CoA youth will travel 1300 miles round trip by bus as part of a multi-generational group including the youth and adult church members.  The trip will have an overnight stop in Montgomery, Alabama, for a racial justice learning experience with youth at a fellow UU church.  At General Assembly, the youth will take part in the youth caucus.

Because of the unusally large size of our group, we need to raise nearly $20,000.00 to cover travel expenses.  That's a lot of bake sales, babysitting, and car washes, so we're coming directly to you for help!  We've kept our Faithify goal on the modest side, as this is our first experience with crowd-funding, but we are very hopeful of going beyond the $1500 mark.

This trip promises a multifaceted experience for our Coming of Age Youth:  a multi-generational road trip and the opportunity to form bonds across generations, a racial justice learning experience and the opportunity to form bonds across geographical distance, and participation in General Assembly with total immersion in the ultimate UU experience! We are VERY excited about this trip for our youth and are hopeful that you will help them get there!