Interim Youth Programs Coordinator

Dear Friends,

Youth Programs Coordinating Committee (YPCC) is happy to report that Rebekah Percy has been hired as the Interim Youth Programs Coordinator.  She will begin work on March 23rd.  Rebekah is a member of La Jolla meeting and attender at Orange Grove.  She has attended PacYM since childhood and has served the yearly meeting in a variety of ways, most recently as co-clerk of YPCC for two years.  Her experience with the YPCC as well as her strong organizational and communication skills will serve the youth programs of the yearly meeting well.   Rebekah resigned from the YPCC on January 6 to address work-life balance issues and was not involved in the decision to release Javaughn. Rebekah can be reached at the YPC email address: pym.youthcoordinator@gmail.com starting March 23rd.

The Interim YPC position is intended to serve us through Annual Session and will end on August 31.  YPCC has created an Ad Hoc committee to address issues surrounding the YPC role and are requesting participation from youth, Racial Justice subcommittee, and Ministry and Oversight in this review process.  We hope this work will be completed by fall and a new YPC recruitment process will begin at that time.

Stay well,
Melissa Lovett-Adair, Clerk
Youth Programs Coordinating Committee

Spring Youth Service Learning Camp with Wukchumni Tribe, Quaker Oaks Farm, April 6-10, 2020

7th Annual Spring Youth Service Learning Camp
April 6-10, 2020
(Monday-Friday leading up to Easter weekend)
Quaker Oaks Farm
Visalia, CA, USA

A partnership of Quaker Oaks Farm, the Wukchumni Yokuts Tribe,
and Pacific Yearly Meeting Youth Programs

See the Quaker Oaks Farm website for details and online application.

Air fills our lungs and keeps us alive, yet it is taken for granted by many populations. Indigenous communities, however, appreciate the air as sacred. Today, California has some of the worst air pollution in the country. This year’s theme of Air builds from our previous camps and recent themes, Fire, Water and Earth, honoring the sacredness of all Beings. Join us as we explore the power and value of Air in traditional and contemporary practice. As the climate changes do we need new ways to care for the Air?

We will share our Histories and Love one another across Seeming Divides, all through Fun, Interactive Activities. Camp includes a service-learning project on the Land and a field trip.

WAYS TO HELP

  • POST THE FLYER at your Meeting House, School, Clubhouse, etc.
  • Know a potential camper?  HELP THEM APPLY online by 3/9.
  • DONATE
  • SHARE our Fundraising Appeal Letter
  • VOLUNTEER: Contact Melissa Lovett-Adair, chair@quakeroaksfarm.com
  • Request our model “Letter to Teachers” for a student who wants to take time off from school to participate in camp and/or get school credit
  • SPREAD this message among friends!

Campers: APPLICATION ONLINE NOW! Deadline 3/9/2020. There are only 30 spots available.  There is a question on this form where we ask you to tell us why we should select your application and what is important to you about getting to be a part of camp.

We enthusiastically invite middle school and high school aged youth (grades 6-12) to apply. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Cost of camp is on a sliding scale ($0 – $500). Donations gratefully accepted.

YPCC Evaluation Report to AS 2019

DOWNLOAD:

This post is linked from the YPCC web page.

 

WEB VERSION:

PYM Youth Programs Coordinating Committee
Program Evaluation Report 2019
(See also the summary of responses in appendix in linked PDF, above)

Summary

Responses to an online survey, sent to meetings and individuals in December 2018, provided clear support of the Youth Programs Coordinator (YPC)  and offered suggestions and critiques of the efforts of the YPC and the Youth Programs Coordinating Committee (YPCC). Respondents who have been active in regional events such as Annual Session and Quarterly Meetings were more knowledgeable regarding impacts on the youth programs and listed many positive changes observed since the program began. A desire for support of the children’s program and youth programs in monthly meetings was expressed. A concern that youth programs were not developing a spiritual foundation and that we address issues of racism, classism, sexism and ageism were also expressed. Respondents were divided regarding the question of hiring an administrative support person and focusing the YPC role on youth activities.  A majority of respondents support the cost of the YPC as money well spent, with some expressing concern regarding the impact of the cost on meeting budgets and limited impact seen at the monthly meeting level.

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Welcome Letter to Children’s Program Families 2019

Dear Children’s Program Families of Pacific Yearly Meeting:

Thank you for registering your child(ren) for Pacific Yearly Meeting’s 2019 Annual Session! The Children’s Program Committee looks forward to our joyous work of nurturing children and families at Annual Session.

Please read this letter thoroughly in preparation for our week together.

Last year we had a lot of fun and came together as a community to learn more about the Quaker Way. This year, we’ll continue taking advantage of outdoor education opportunities at the site and blending them with other forms of Quaker teaching and learning. And once again, we have an enthusiastic and skilled group of teachers and support staff. Continue reading “Welcome Letter to Children’s Program Families 2019”

Youth Programs Coordinating Committee Report to Annual Session 2019

Download:
Full Report: Youth Programs Coordinating Committee Report to Annual Session 2019 (PDF: 8 pages including appendices)

SUMMARY:
● Welcoming and Introducing our new YPC and Interest Group
● Farewell to Alyssa Nelson, past YPC
● State of the YPC Committee
● Program Evaluation from Winter 2018/2109
● Financial Notes:
○ Budget action item — request for augmentation for current FY
○ Budget notes — request for next year, submitted to Finance
○ Youth Programs Fund (interest from the Bob Vogel Endowment) Usage Report
○ Budget action item — proposal to change the administration of PYM budget lines 5288 and 2742 for young Friends travel into a contribution to the principal of the Bob Vogel Endowment
● Program items that the YPC and YPCC have been supporting
● Requests to Monthly Meeting Reps and PYM Committee Clerks
● Appendix

YPC Epistle XIII – Alyssa’s Farewell – May 2019

PDF for download: ypc_Epistle013_May2019_AlyssaFarewell.pdf
See YPCC page for a list of all YPC Epistles and Announcements

May 15, 2019 – From Alyssa Nelson

Hello Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends! And farewell!!

After eleven years (!!!), the time has come to bid you a ‘see you around.’ Today is my official last day as the PYM Youth Programs Coordinator, a role I’ve been in since August 2011 and an initiative I’ve been part of in various ways since spring 2008. I’m writing to make sure everyone knows I’m leaving and to take this opportunity to share some reflections.

(For those sitting on the edge of your seats right now…, Yes, there will be a new YPC. The Youth Programs Coordinating Committee will be making an announcement about that shortly. At the end of this epistle you’ll find a list of contact people for the interim.) Continue reading “YPC Epistle XIII – Alyssa’s Farewell – May 2019”

Volunteer with JYM or Children’s Program at 2019 PYM Annual Session: DEADLINE EXTENDED

Update 6/5/19: MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED WITH THE TEEN AND CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS, as soon as possible: A fantastic way for adults to experience Annual Session and have your registration fees waived as well.  Learn  more below in the original invitation:

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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!

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Welcome to JYM 2019

Quick links for 2019 JYM:

  • CONSENT AND MEDICAL FORMS for Minors (PDF): must submit to complete 2019 registration. Send to Registrar with payment.
  • REGISTER online for  JYM and the 2019 PYM Annual Session, being held at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA, USA from Friday, July 12 – Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
  • See sections below for registration, required forms, and financial assistance to attend ….. and DANCE THEME!!!!!
  • Contacts: The Adult Co-Clerks of JYM Committee are Muriel Strand <ecoengr@comcast.net> and Sarah Armstrong Jones <sajonest42ne1@yahoo.com>

Watch this page for …..

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