Youth in NYYM
Welcome . . .
. . . to the Young Quakers section of our website.
New York Yearly Meeting offers young people a number of rich opportunities to explore our faith, the world, and themselves. These include:
- Children and Youth Field Secretary, Melinda Wenner Bradley, our yearly meeting staff person dedicated to serving our youth and their meetings.
- The Tote Bag—NYYM RE and family resources newsletter
- The Youth Program at Powell House, the yearly meeting's conference center in Old Chatham, New York.
- Junior Yearly Meeting at Summer Sessions, a week-long gathering every summer on Lake George.
- Youth Institutes—workshops designed to help meetings meet the needs of our youth.
- Youth Programs at Spring and Fall Sessions, weekend gatherings held in various locations around the yearly meeting twice a year.
- Youth Programs sponsored by other Quaker bodies—Friends General Conference Gathering, Quaker Youth Pilgrimage, and Youth Service Opportunities Project.
- Quaker schools—schools located in New York Yearly Meeting.
Powell House Youth Program
Link to Powell House website.
A Quaker conference center of New York Yearly Meeting located in Chatham, New York, the Powell House Youth Program integrates Quaker values with day-to-day life, good company, and pure fun. Conferences are held throughout the year for youth in grades four through twelve.
Junior Yearly Meeting at NYYM Summer Sessions
Every summer, during the last full week in July, Quakers from across New York and some of the surrounding states meet to worship, explore our faith, and conduct the yearly meeting's business. In the mornings, the youth participate in Junior Yearly Meeting, meetings organized in groups by age led by adult volunteers and focused on Quaker values and community, personal and group exploration, and fun. Usually, there are six groups comprised of young people going into grades 1–2, 3–4, 5–6, 7–8, 9–10, and 11–12.
Youth Programs at Spring and Fall Sessions
We also sponsor youth programs and childare at our weekend-long Spring and Fall Sessions, which take place in April and November in locations that rotate through the regions of the yearly meeting. Click here to see the dates and general locations for the next few Sessions. These programs are divided by age, with separate programs for senior high students and, depending on the numbers, either children and middle school groups or a combined young Friends group.
Other Quaker Youth Programs
Friends General Conference
FGC works, through divine guidance, to support a loving Quaker community and Quaker outreach. The FGC Gathering (9th–12th grades) and Junior Gathering (birth–8th grade) are held every summer with a different theme and location over a long July 4th weekend. Friends spend a week living together, creating community through art, discussions, games, work projects, and new and old friendships.
Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP)
Link to YSOP website.
YSOP engages youth, college students, and adults in meaningful service experiences through an innovative program that combines an orientation to the issues, hands on volunteer work, and reflection. While YSOP is a Quaker organization grounded in Quaker values of respect for each individual, simplicity and service, its programs are non-sectarian. YSOP welcomes people of every faith and belief system, including people who don’t ascribe to any faith.
Quaker Youth Pilgrimage
Link to Quaker Youth Pilgrimage website.
Friends World Committee for Consultaion–Section of the Americas has for some time sponsored a Quaker Youth Pilgrimage, a travel experience for up to 28 youth (historically, ages 16 to 18). FWCC–Section of the Americas does not currently have plans for Youth Pilgrimages in 2016 or 2017 while a Spiritual Leadership Development for Young Friends Discernment Working Group discerns how the Quaker youth experience is growing and changing in our time.