YOUTH 2019

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Every four years, youth from throughout the United Methodist Church gather for four days of discipleship, fun, and fellowship at the YOUTH event. The event is filled with interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and fellowship time. Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to authentically experience what it means to be United Methodist.

Youth who are rising 6th graders through graduating 12th graders as of the 2019-20 school year are eligible to attend. YOUTH 2019 is for all youth in those age ranges who part of the United Methodist Connection. Adult leaders must be at least 21 years old or older, and preferably have a 5-year age difference between themselves and the youth they are chaperoning. The recommended ratio is 1 adult for every 7 youth. Every group who comes should have a minimum of 2 adult leaders to meet basic Safe Sanctuaries requirements.

Much prayer, much discussion, much research, and much reviewing of past YOUTH events. The process for YOUTH 2019 began almost immediately after the event in 2015 was completed. Major factors for the decision include plenty of programming and worship space, easily-walkable lodging to and from event activities, high-quality arena for worship, ease and cost of travel (either flying or driving), ability to work with local government officials, and the availability of specific summer dates.

Kansas City has an amazing venue (Kansas City Convention Center and Municipal Auditorium), and a safe and vibrant downtown with walkable hotels. It is geographically central to the United States, making it a location that many churches can more easily travel to.

YOUTH 2019 is working with Native American leaders to create opportunities for education and engagement with Native peoples during the event. Since our event is in the same place as a professional sports team with a Native American mascot, we have the opportunity and responsibility to help young people learn about the discussions related to that issue.

We wanted to avoid an event over the Fourth of July Holiday. We also needed to make sure that all traditionally calendared schools were out on summer break.

Cost information is still being finalized, however the final cost should be less than $325 per person. The cost for YOUTH 2019 will include all activities that are part of the event. Lodging and meals are not included. Looking for ways to make the trip as affordable as possible?

Registration will be online and live starting July 10, 2018 (1 full year ahead of the event!) Groups will register as a congregation, identified by the name and location of their local church, with one adult leader serving as the primary contact. The primary contact is the organizer for the group, and they will receive and share communications from YOUTH 2019 about housing, payments, and other information related to their group.

No. Individuals must be connected with a congregation or local church and register as part of a group. This will provide built-in support during the event and develop friendships. This also allows adults to serve as effective chaperones for all youth participants.

No. Multiple hotels (that sleep up to 4 to a room, most with minifridges!) are within walking distance of the Kansas City Convention Center. Primary contacts are asked to arrange their housing using this link through PassKey. Hotel reservations will be linked from the event registration website. Each group is responsible for its own meals. There is an amazing selection of restaurants in the POWER & LIGHT DISTRICT, as well as a mid-level grocery store with a many food options,  which will allow groups to find affordable food. Groups are responsible for complete payments and reservations directly with the hotel of their choice using PassKey, linked from the event registration.

  • Kansas City Marriott Downtown
  • Sheraton at the Crown Center
  • Crowne Plaza Downtown
  • Aladdin Hotel Holiday Inn Downtown.

Hotel reservations will be made available upon the opening of event registration on July 10, 2018. Please use the PassKey link through our event registration to get our room block pricing.

The most convenient option for group leaders is to book rooms using the recommended hotels for YOUTH 2019. That link will be available when event registration opens on July 10, 2018.

Our Design Team is in the process of selecting speakers and artists. Careful planning and discernment will create a diverse line up that will both inspire and challenge! This can take time, since often artists will wait until a few months before the event to finalize contracts. Check back often and connect with our social media accounts to watch for updates!

Most activities will be accessible by walking, within .5 mile of hotels. Groups with vehicles will have parking available. There is a street car that runs from the Sheraton (Union Station) to near the Convention Center for groups staying there. There is potential for some offsite service opportunities, and details are coming together for how that transportation will happen. You should not need a rental car.

Yes! Many paid lots and garages, most between $5 and $10 per night. Event hotels also offer valet service at higher prices.

The Kansas City airport allows Uber, and has several reasonably priced “Super Shuttle” services that can get you and your group from the airport to your hotel.

The YOUTH 2019 Design Team has a member specifically tasked with accessibility accommodations at the event. All hotels have handicap accessible rooms, all event facilities are ADA compliant, and we will create alternative worship spaces and modifications for those with behavioral or developmental differences.

Event Schedule

This schedule is tentative as of May 2017. The event will begin with worship the evening of July 10, 2019 and close with worship the night of July 13. July 14 is an opportunity to either worship with local congregations or travel home.

  • Noon Hotel arrivals & check-ins.
  • Noon-7pm Pre-Worship activities Kansas City Convention Center
    • Fun stuff
    • Exhibit Hall
    • Volunteer Trainings
    • Youth Leader Orientations
    • Small Group Leader Training
    • Explore Downtown Kansas City
  • 7:00 PM Pre-worship with DJ – Municipal Auditorium
  • 7:15-9:00 PM Opening Worship – Municipal Auditorium
  • 9:00 PM Local Church Devotions and Sleep
  • 8:30-9:15 AM Bible Study
  • 9:30-Noon AM Interactive Discipleship Times
  • Noon-1:30 PM Lunch Break
  • 1:30-4:00 PM Interactive Discipleship Times
  • 4-7:00 PM Dinner/Freetime/Optional Activities
  • 7:00 PM Pre-Worship with DJ
  • 7:15-9pm Worship
  • 9:00 PM Local Church Devotions & Sleep
  • Hotel Check Out before 11am.
  • Travel Day
  • Worship opportunities with local UMCs
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When you think about Kansas City you probably think about great barbeque, jazz, and maybe even fountains. Soon you will also think of it as the home of Youth 2019!

Kansas City is centrally located in the middle of the country and is easy to travel to from many US cities which made it the perfect choice for our youth gathering.

Drive Times to Kansas City From Major Cities:

  • Nashville: 8 hours
  • Chicago: 8 hours
  • Dallas: 8 hours
  • Oklahoma City: 5 hours
  • Louisville: 7.5 hours
  • Cleveland: 11 hours
  • Atlanta: 12 hours
  • Washington DC: 16 hours
  • Denver: 8.5 hours


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