Welcome to the first posting of the DignityUSA Young Adult Caucus (DYAC), the organization focused on promoting young adult concerns within our national community. We are so glad you are here! We are looking to start the DYAC off on the right foot, and in order to do that, we need your help!
As you may have read in the DignityUSA Dateline for May 2010, the DYAC has a number of goals, and these goals can be accomplished in a number of ways. Just to refresh your memory, I have included those goals here:
- Establish a leadership team to coordinate and assist DignityUSA in ministering to young adults;
- Better integrate twenty and thirty something members of DignityUSA;
- Support the DignityUSA statement of position and purpose;
- Establish a community of DignityUSA young adults on the national level;
- Act as a liaison between the young adults and the National Board;
- Serve as an advisory council for the National Board;
- Assist local chapters in creating young adult groups.
Well then, how can you get involved? Well, the first way is to join our on-line community through our Facebook group and our mailing list! Through these resources, you can connect with other young Dignitarians from across the US, receive news on how to get involved in our future projects, and share your thoughts and ideas!
The second way is to partner with us on the chapter level. In order to understand how best to help our local chapters, we are looking for a few chapters that are willing to partner with us for our inaugural year. We are looking for chapters with a diversity of backgrounds and in a wide range of geographic locations in order to better understand what you have tried, what worked and what didn't work, and to see what the DYAC can contribute that would help our community attract, retain, and serve young adults as the years go by. Specifically, we are looking for chapters that fall into these categories:
- Older and bolder
Your chapter has quite a lot of gathered wisdom, and you're looking for someone to impart it to . Kids these days need to learn about the Mattachine Society, the Daughters of Bilitis, Gay Lib, and all the other organizations who worked so hard to give them marriage rights, non-discrimination legislation, basic civil rights, and common respect. Of course, an appreciation for Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman, Freddie Mercury, and Gladys Bentley wouldn't hurt either. And the Super Bass-o-matic '76 is still funny (at least, we still think it's funny).
While your community doesn't have any young adults, your community is ready to do the work to attract more youngsters, and you currently have a point person whose feet are on the ground and willing to run. Great! Have your point person contact us! We would love to hear about your experiences and find out how we can help.
- The Mixing Pot
Your chapter has a few young adults--maybe 5% of your membership--but you don't know what to do with them. You've tried a few things to attract some more, but nothing has really stuck. Your chapter might even have become a little demoralized at what seems to be a big investment of energy with little return. Fear not! We in the DYAC would love to hear about your experiences! We are nearly as interested in things that don't work as things that do! Have your point person for your young adults contact us so we can start sharing ideas!
- The Young 'uns
"Oh, no," you're thinking to yourself. "I would love to help out, but our entire chapter is under 35! What on earth could we possibly contribute?"
Well, congratulations! You must have one of the most attractive chapters in DignityUSA (after, of course, all of those stunning hotties in our Boston chapter ). We would love to hear from you as well! The needs and motivations of the generation that came out with marriage are completely different from those who earned marriage for us. We really need to know and understand how those motivations work in order to get an idea of how to build a self-sustaining organization of young adults. Your help is just as necessary as the rest. Have one of your chapter leaders contact us right away!
- The Far Off (and Far Out)!
Finally, we come to those young adults far from our local chapters. You are the people who would love to be in a chapter, but who live too far away from an established one to make the pilgrimage each Saturday, Sunday, or chapter meeting day. We want your input as well! As we form our national young adults community, we are looking at ways to build a community for those who live far away! Please, sign up!
So, if you or your chapter fits into these categories, we would love to hear from you, Please have your point person for young adults' interests contact us via our contact page at Contact Page! We look forward to hearing from you!
Well, that's all that we have for today. Until next time, we remain,
Your DignityUSA Young Adults Caucus