Dear PYM Friends,
Can you think of a Friend who’d be a good fit to volunteer with children or teens at Annual Session? Please send this message to them!
One fantastic way for adults to experience PYM Annual Session is alongside younger Friends, either as a “Friendly Responsible Adult Presence (FRAP)” for Junior Yearly Meeting (teens) or as a Children’s Program “Teacher.” Come join us Friday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 19, 2017 near Petaluma, California, USA!
The application forms and information about volunteering as a FRAP or Children’s Program Teacher are online, and deadlines are coming up soon (May 20th)! See the application here:
Besides getting your registration cost waived, adults who spend the week in the children’s and teens’ programs regularly come out oozing joy and excitement about these lively core communities within PYM. Youth and adult Friends build relationships that strengthen and enliven our multi-generational Religious Society of Friends today and into the future.
Did you know: Children and teens may come to Annual Session without their parent/guardian by having an adult sponsor?! Please encourage the young people in your Meeting or Worship Group to attend, and help them find a sponsor if their parent/guardian can’t come. For youth who have few or no Quaker peers at their local meeting or at school, participating in regional gatherings is often a highlight of their year and the basis for a lasting connection to Friends’ community. Reminder: any requests for exceptions to the age-based placement guidelines must be made to the program’s clerk at least 6 weeks before the event: 0-12 years: Children’s Program; 13-year olds may choose between Children’s Program and JYM; and 14-17: JYM. 18-19 year olds who are in high school or recently exited high school may choose JYM.
REGISTRATION FOR ANNUAL SESSION OPENS MAY 19TH!
Financial assistance is available.
The theme this year is “Awakening to the Presence.” Read the Clerk’s call:
Youth will engage with this theme through games, singing, movement, workshops, interest groups, worship, worship sharing, service, play and rest.
Questions about the teen or children’s programs or the volunteer application process? Wondering in which program a young Friend would best fit? See more info on the JYM and CP pages or contact the Clerk(s):
Clerk: Chamba Cooke (Grass Valley) <email@example.com>
Coordinator: Nate Secrest (Redwood Forest) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Teens (Junior Yearly Meeting, aka JYM):
Adult Co-Clerks of JYM:
Kate Connell <email@example.com> (Santa Barbara)
Dan Strickland <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Orange Grove)
And Young Adult Friends (ages 18-35+) also have a web page and group activities at Annual Session: www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/young-adult-friends/
Sent on behalf of JYM and Children’s Program Clerks …. in your service,
Alyssa Nelson, PYM Youth Programs Coordinator