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What Is Youth MWLS?

Midwest Leadership School is a weeklong intensive experience designed to engage participants in all aspects of leadership in a Unitarian Universalist faith community. Since 2009, we are pleased to offer Midwest Leadership School for Youth (ages 13-17) in tandem with our Adult School. It will challenge and train Unitarian Universalist youth in three areas:

  • Leadership Skills Development
  • Worship
  • Religious Values & Heritage

This is an intentional community and learning experience. It equips young UUs with a foundation that deepens their religious development and expands their ability to contribute, both in their Unitarian Universalist 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 "Con." Students should be mature and able to manage their time and emotional needs in this intense context.

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. 

Students stay in the dorms on the  Beloit College Campus with adult chaperones who have extensive experience with youth. 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 Youth MWLS?

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 Youth MWLS?



Registration Deadline JUNE 1. Full payment of registration fee due June 15
Fee is $495 if paid in full by 5/1, $575 after May 1.
Congregational fees are $300 for 1, $400 for 2, $500 for 3 or $600 for 4.
No more than 4 youth from one congregation may attend.

Youth Students per Congregation:





Congregational Fee










Total due by June 15





Savings Opportunities

Early Bird Discount  - pay all fees by May 1 and save $80 per Youth student.

Early Bird Discount Total





If you are paying for your youth to attend, they still need to fill out their own registration forms!

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

2. Ask all your youth to register online.

3. They may select the "pay later" option when checking out.

4. Pay Congregation Fee online

5. TOTAL MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY MAY 1 to get the discount!

6. Please print out your acknowledgement email and send it with your payment to ensure that your payment gets properly posted.

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


MidWest Leadership School
2355 Fairview Ave N. #312
Roseville, MN 55113

Checks should be made out to MIDAMERICA REGION UUA with "Youth MWLS" in the memo line.

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

For scholarship requests or more information: Contact Dori Davenport Thexton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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