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.
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 is $319. 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? Check out these tips!
There are multiple opportunities to volunteer at YOUTH 2019. Please see the VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page for more information!
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 Group Leader. The Group Leader 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.
Yes! Limited funds are available to offset the registration fees. Please see the FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE section of our website.
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. 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.
Hotel reservations will be made available upon the opening of event registration on July 10, 2018.
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!
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Email the YOUTH 2019 Event Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Awesome! That information can be found on our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION page
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.