2013 Annual Session Report — Youth Program Coordinator Supervisory Committee

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Youth Program Coordinator Supervisory Committee
Report to PYM Annual Session, July 2013

The Youth Program Coordinator Supervisory Committee (YPCSC) and Youth Program Coordinator (YPC) made a detailed report to Representative Committee in March 2013. That report included results of our extensive program evaluation and an explanation of the discernment process that led us to recommend the following Proposed Minute: Pacific Yearly Meeting will continue to support the paid Youth Program Coordinator position. Our evaluation report can be found on the PYM website: http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/2013/pym-docs/ypc-evaluation-report-to-repcom-march-2013/

In response to our evaluation report and presentation, Representative Committee passed Action Minute 2013.01: “Representative Committee recommends to Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session that the paid Youth Program Coordinator position be continued.” Southern California Quarterly Meeting approved a similar minute at its business meeting in April 2013. In addition, the adult members of College Park Quarterly Meeting’s (CPQM) Teen Program Committee delivered an epistle in May 2013 that included a description of some ways the YPC has nurtured growth in CPQM: http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/2013/pym-docs/ypc/epistle_adults_of_cpqm_teen_program_spring_2013/

The narrative that accompanied Representative Committee’s Action Minute noted that there would need to be additional discussion at the Annual Session on related questions and issues as outlined on pages 13-15 of the evaluation report, and we call Friends’ attention to them. There will be varied opportunities for discussion of these topics during Annual Session, and Nominating Committee will bring forward a minute to simplify the nominations process for the YPCSC. We have offered, via our Youth Program Epistle and an email sent by the PYM Presiding Clerk, to provide phone consultations and visits to address Friends’ questions, ideas, or concerns in advance of Annual Session; as of the writing of this report in early July, we have received no such requests. At Annual Session, our committee and coordinator will facilitate a number of activities for Friends of all ages to participate in visioning about the future of our intergenerational community and the paid YPC position, including an intergenerational plenary, an interest group, and open committee meetings, in addition to the scheduled Meeting for Worship on the Occasion of Business for discernment about continuing the YPC position.

Our epistles and other archived communications are available on the “Youth” page of the PYM website (http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/youth/), and we also operate a Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pacific-Yearly-Meeting-Youth-Programs/114350215310651?fref=ts).

Youth Program Committee: Kate Watkins (Clerk, Santa Monica), Cara Arcuni (Palo Alto), Sophie Brinker (Santa Cruz), Clare Griese (La Jolla), Lanny Jay (Redwood Forest), Mary Klein (Palo Alto), Steve Leeds (San Francisco), Jim Summers (La Jolla), Nathan Walker (Palo Alto); Youth Program Coordinator: Alyssa Nelson (Davis).

Attachments available in download version:
1) Summary of Evaluation Report (2 pages), and
2) pp. 13-16 of Evaluation Report (3 pages)