Additional incentives make NYE 2012 affordable for all
Written by Jeff Woodard
February 1, 2012
UCC's 'one church' emphasis to help youth attend event
Spring still may be several weeks
off, but plans for the 2012 National Youth Event, July 10-13 in West Lafayette,
Ind., are taking root.
encouraging youth and young adults to bring a friend to NYE," said
Waltrina Middleton, UCC minister for youth
advocacy and leadership formation and co-convener of NYE. "They don't even have to be UCC. We're also offering registrants
the chance to reserve now and pay later. A $100 deposit can hold a spot
for NYE, and multiple payments may be made for groups and individuals."
The balance is due by the registration deadline, May 21.
In working to help make NYE easier
to attend than ever before, Middleton and co-convener W. Mark Clark –– the UCC's
associate general minister –– are focusing on evangelism, incentives including
scholarships and deferred payments, and creation of a global community.
One way NYE attendees will have an opportunity to create a global community is
through interaction with global partners from the Christian Church (Disciples
of Christ), said Middleton. "To the best of my knowledge, this is the
first time Disciples youth have been invited to NYE," she said.
In the UCC's Michigan Conference,
the mantra is to "connect your blessings" with others at NYE. Through
its Spiritual Discernment and Vital Growth Mission Teams, Michigan participants
are embarking upon "Michigan 1," a spinoff of "Mission:1," the
UCC's popular hunger-fighting campaign last November.
"We have invited the
Conference to send at least 111 youths to NYE," said the Rev. Cheryl
Burke, acting Michigan Conference minister. The Conference is reaching out to
encourage 111 of its churches to give $111; seeking 11 churches and/or 11
individuals to give $1,111 apiece; 1,111 individuals to give $11 each; and a
minimum of one individual and/or church to give $11,111.
said the group is optimistic about overcoming financial challenges.
Said Burke, "We're looking at
‘Michigan 1' and saying, ‘Why wouldn't
anyone want to get on board and send our youth to National Youth Event?'"
The conference has been promoting
NYE for several months via its email news bulletin, said Burke. As an incentive
to attend NYE, plans are afoot to hold a senior high-school camp immediately
after NYE. "Youth could go right from NYE to the camp, could extend their
time and make for a longer experience," said Burke.
Past representation from the
Conference has included 90 to 100 youth and young adults, said Burke, so the
goal of 111 this year is reasonable, especially since the distance between many
Michigan locations and Indianapolis is relatively short.
"I went to NYE as a youth, I went
as a youth leader, and now I'm excited about sending youth when I can,"
Youth and young adults interested
in scholarship information, including matching financial support, should send
an email of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. For
more details about NYE, visit www.ucc.org/youth/nye.
"We don't want anyone to let
lack of funding prevent them from attending NYE," said Burke.