youth leadership school logo green 250wPlan to join us July 15-21, 2012 at Beloit College, Wisconsin!

WHAT IS YOUTH Midwest Leadership School?

Midwest Leadership School is a weeklong intensive experience designed to engage participants in all aspects of leadership in a Unitarian Universalist faith community. For the third year we are pleased to offer Midwest Leadership School for Youth (ages 14-18) in tandem with our Adult School. It will challenge and train Unitarian Universalist youth in three areas: Leadership Skills Development, Worship, and Religious Values & Heritage. This Leadership School is an intentional community and learning experience. It equips young UU’s with a foundation that deepens their religious development and expands their ability to contribute, both in their UU community and beyond.

Youth Leadership School is designed to be an intensive learning experience. The days will be long, varied and demanding, with little free time. The community we create together will be safe, supportive and fun—aiming to give each participant as full a sense of his or her own developing leadership skills as is possible in one short week. This is not a setting for anyone who might be dealing with personal life crises and it is not a conference. Days are highly structured and participation in all aspects of the school is required. The adult to youth ratio is about 1:4, so there will be ample adult support for students. | 2012 YLS Flyer | Register Online |

Students stay in the dorms on the Beloit College Campus with adult chaperones. They will have access to 3 meals a day in the college cafeteria that provides a wide and varied food selection. Tuition includes food, lodging, adult chaperones, teaching staff, all materials and transportation to and from our midweek social justice project.

WHO Should Attend YLS?

Students should be motivated to learn and engage. They should be able to manage their time and needs in an environment that includes long days filled with group and individual learning opportunities along with theological reflection. Youth entering grades 9-12 may attend; youth grades 10 – 11 are especially encouraged.

Congregations sending adult students would especially benefit from sending youth!

HOW to Register for YLS?

Tuition is $550 per student, $200 deposit required to reserve.

Early bird discount, if PAID IN FULL BY MAY 1.
$495 for one student; $450 per student if more than one from the same congregation attends. No more than 4 youth from one congregation may attend.


NOTE TO CONGREGATIONS: If you are paying for your youth to attend, they still need to fill out their own registration forms! Here is the best way to proceed:


1. Remember that no more than 4 from a congregation may attend YLS, plus no more than 4 may attend MWLS. Example: 2 Youth at YLS and 3 Adults at MWLS = 5 total but no more than 4 at each school, so that is okay.

2. If you have more than one attendee, call the District office for the group discount code - 312-636-9724.

3. Ask all your youth to register (using that group discount code where prompted) and choosing the "pay by check" option. MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY MAY 1 to get the discount!

4. After all have registered, either: a) send a check to the District office, or b) call the District office to pay by credit/debit card.

5. Remember that each person needs to have their own e-mail address.


Registration Deadline JUNE 1. Full payment of registration fee due June 15.


You can send a check with Youth MLS in the memo for registration to:

Central Midwest District, UUA
c/o YOUTH Leadership School

Refunds for cancellation are considered on a case-by-case basis.


Scholarships Available from your district office:

Heartland: Nancy Combs-Morgan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 859.494.2424

Prairie Star: Phil Lund This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Central Midwest: Dori Davenport Thexton

Scholarship Application option is included in the online registration form.

For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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