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.
The cost for YOUTH 2019 will include all activities that are part of the event. Lodging and meals are not included. The prices for the event are as follows:
There are multiple opportunities to volunteer at YOUTH 2019. Please see the VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES page for more information!
While there is not a strict dress code at YOUTH 2019 participants are expected to dress in a manner fitting for a Christian Youth Event. If your church community has a dress code, follow that. Consider appropriate lengths for shorts and shirts. Consider avoiding wearing clothing with messages that divide or colors associated with divisive groups.
No. Participants are asked to please refrain from partaking in any alcoholic beverages. This applies to youth and adults equally in a covenant to create a safe space for all. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the event venues during YOUTH 2019.
No. All participants in YOUTH 2019 are asked to please stay for the entire event.
All registrations are the same price. When a church has 10 paid registrations, they are offered a complimentary registration.
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. There is also a concession stand in the Exhibit Hall, as well as food trucks available from 11am – 4pm in the South Lawn space.
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!
Email the YOUTH 2019 Event Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 YOUTH 2019 Design Team has a member specifically tasked with working as an ambassador to ensure accessibility at YOUTH 2019. All hotels have accessible rooms, and all event facilities are ADA compliant. We will also host an alternative worship space, where a live feed of big room worship will be available in a calmer and quieter setting, with reduced volume and less intense light effects.
YOUTH 2019 is not providing event shuttle service to and from the Kansas City Airport. There are a number of options including Uber, taxis, “Super Shuttle”, and hotel shuttles that a group leader can set up for their own group. Super Shuttle may be the most affordable option, but group leaders should do research to find what will work best for their group.
Each hotel has paid parking for guests with smaller vehicles. Any vehicles too large to park in those lots will be directed to surface lots or other public lots around downtown Kansas City. Once you arrive at your hotel you should not need to drive anywhere unless you choose leave the downtown area. Surface and public lots will be the most affordable parking options.