JYM Teens


Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) Friends are teens, typically ages 13- or 14-18, between Children’s Program and Young Adult Friends or adulthood. At Annual Session, 13-year olds have the choice of joining Children’s Program or JYM. Any requests for exceptions to this age guideline must be received by the requested program’s committee clerks (for JYM 2016: Steve Leeds and Erika Tarabini) at least 6 weeks prior to the event; the ultimate decision whether to accept a younger child into JYM will be made though a discernment process by a JYM subcommittee drawn from the JYM adult and teen clerks. There are activities at annual session that middle schoolers and JYM do together to prepare for a transition to JYM from Children’s Program. If you have questions, please contact the clerks of these committees to determine the best program fit for a particular Friend.

Note: Minors may attend without their parent/guardian if they have a Sponsor. When minors are not in CP or JYM (such as at meal times), they must be under the supervision of their parent/guardian/sponsor.


What is JYM?

“Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) is composed of Friends of junior high and high school age [ages 13- or 14-18]. They may hold a Yearly Meeting or meetings of their own during the PYM annual gathering, Quarterly Meetings, or at other times chosen by the Junior Yearly Meeting Committee. In keeping with Friends’ practices, they select officers and committees as needed, hold sessions and take such actions as are appropriate.

“These may include the composition of a Junior Yearly Meeting epistle or epistles. Youth are welcome at Yearly Meeting plenary sessions, and are asked to bring reports of their own sessions at an agreed time. JYM is an important part of the Yearly Meeting community and is encouraged to participate fully in all aspects of PYM. The Junior Yearly Meeting [Adult] Committee appoints Advisors to the Junior Yearly Meeting.” (See below for description of the adult committee.)

(From PYM Faith & Practice, p. 170)

What does the Adult Committee do?

“The Junior Yearly Meeting [Adult] Committee serves as a support group for the Junior Yearly Meeting and as the liaison between Junior Friends and Pacific Yearly Meeting. The committee is responsible for providing appropriate adult leadership during Junior Yearly Meeting activities and is available to advise and counsel the Junior Friends. It helps Junior Friends arrange programs during the annual Junior Yearly Meeting <see p. 120> and at other times of the year. Ministry and Oversight appoints a liaison to this committee, to facilitate communication in both directions.

“The committee, officers and Clerks of the Junior Yearly Meeting and other interested Junior Friends usually meet at the Representative Committee session to plan for Junior Yearly Meeting. The Clerk of the committee and the Clerk of Junior Yearly Meeting jointly report to Representative Committee. The committee may also meet at other times.

“The committee consists of eight members [six member is the preference in recent years] who serve three-year overlapping terms, of whom two or three are appointed annually. To the extent possible, members of this planning group also attend Representative Committee. The Clerk or Clerks of Junior Yearly Meeting are members of Representative Committee ex officio.”

(From PYM Faith & Practice, p. 183)