IYOU 2024 Event Theme - Understanding YOU
Join us for a week of deepening spiritual practice and connection with YOUers from around the world, while we deepen our understanding of ourselves, others, and our spirituality.
Save the date: July 7 to 11, 2024, Unity Village, MO
Mission Statement: Our mission is to create an open community of individuals with strong connections who have pride in who they are and are mindful of change and growth, and to provide an opportunity for self-reflection and finding what spirituality means to them.
Meet Our Indies!
Left to Right:
Naim Baukman, Eastern Region
Gavin Keyes, Southwest Region
Hello Everyone! My name is Naim Baukman and I am from Brandywine, Maryland in Unity’s Eastern Region. I am currently attending Morgan State University.
Over the years, Unity has become an increasingly important part of my life. Attending Uniteen Retreats and YOU Rallies were highlights of my middle school and high school experience. Unity teachings have led me through hard times and helped me grow to be a more well-rounded person. I have no idea what type of person I would be today without the influence that Unity has had on me. It is because of this profound influence that I decided I wanted to play a bigger part in my community and become a Regional officer and now an Indie!
Some of my hobbies include working out and reading books. For a while now, I’ve wanted to get into gymnastics and roller skating.
It is a great joy and privilege to be part of the Indie team for 2024! I look forward to making this IYOU as spectacular as possible, and can’t wait to see everybody there!
Hi! My name is Gavin Keyes and I'm from Unity’s Southwest Region. I live in California and I attend Unity of Tustin, and sometimes go to Unity of Orange County.
I've been in Unity for my whole life, or at least as long as I remember. Being here has helped me a lot with understanding myself and the world around me. It gave me a welcoming community with so many cool people, like there's too many! The tools I've been taught through Unity have helped get me past a lot of my fear and to try new things, like running for Regional officer. I was a Regional officer for 2 years during a time where we weren't really sure if we had enough people to attend rallies because of Covid. But, even with that I feel that we made some amazing events! I finished up my last year of being a Regional officer recently and am ready to put what I learned into creating the IYOU Event!
I'm so happy and thankful to be a part of this team. I know that we will make an amazing event and I hope you can join us to make it even better! IYOU 2024!!!!!!
Eligibility Requirements to Attend:
- Be a member of a YOU chapter or Unity ministry with an understanding of Unity’s teachings.
- Be between the ages of 15-19 and currently attending high school.
- Attendance at a prior in-person or virtual regional YOU or IYOU event is highly recommended.
- Have performed service in a Unity church or local community.
- Be at least 25 years old.
- Have attended the IYOU Event Sacred Safety online training or watched the recording of the training. (Training will be offered this Spring.)
- Have on file with your home ministry a background check that was done within the last two years.
- Be a designated event sponsor at the Event. This means that you are the adult responsible for one or more YOUers at the Event. (Note: You can be the designated event sponsor for YOUers from another chapter.)
- Be willing to accept a role of responsibility assigned by the IYOU Leadership team during the event.
- Be open to being assigned to whatever rooming situation best serves the event.
- Step 1 – Go to coming soon, provide the registration information requested for each attendee you are registering, and pay the registration fee. You will need the names, email addresses and ages for each person you are registering.
- Step 2 – After your registration and payment is processed, you will receive an email with the required forms to complete and return to Julie Core.
Meet Our IYOU Event Agent!
is our IYOU Event Agent. Julie has served as a YOU sponsor for twenty years at Unity Northwest in Des Plaines, Illinois and at Unity in Chicago, Illinois. Her experiences include working closely with YOUers in planning and organizing many YOU rallies and retreats, where she encourages and supports the teens in developing their leadership skills. She has served as a Head Sponsor at more than twenty-five International, regional and sub-regional YOU events, rallies and retreats.
IYOU Event 2023!
The International Youth of Unity (IYOU) is a program of Unity Worldwide Ministries, under its tax-exempt status and bylaws. All policies and procedures extend only to international-sponsored events. International Youth of Unity honors the unique needs of its regional and individual ministries and does not require that regions and/or church youth programs adhere to these policies in structuring their own programs.