Welcome, Melinda Wenner Bradley!

Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Our New Youth Engagement Coordinator! Scroll down for a personal message from Melinda.  We announce with great joy that Melinda Wenner Bradley of West Chester Monthly Meeting will soon join the staff of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) as our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. Melinda will work with other community members to steward the ministry and religious life of our children, …

Apply to Work with and for Our Youth

Administrative Council, Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends! I want to make sure you are aware that we are nearing completion of the process to hire our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. We aim to complete the process by the middle of November, 2017. Another announcement will follow at that time. When the new Youth Engagement Coordinator is hired, they will need immediately to commence another process …

FREE EdX Course Announcement

Addressing Racism, Friends and Education, Young Friends

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education – Advancing reconciliation in classrooms, organizations, and communities through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing. The University of British Columbia is offering a 6 week on-line course that begins October 17, 2017. M​ight this on-line course​ find space in your schedule? Having successfully completed the course, a member of Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee …

Do Quaker Schools Offer Sanctuary for Undocumented Students?

Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education

In the U.S., there are 71 Friends schools affiliated with the Friends Council on Education, serving PreK through high school students. What if all of those schools were sanctuary campuses, offering protection for their undocumented students and their families? Recently, AFSC and PYM decided to find out if any Quaker schools were having these same dreams of Quaker witness in …

Listen to PYM Friend Sydney Coffin Interviewed on WHYY’s Radio Times

Friends and Education

For centuries, Friends have sought to live their values in their every day lives. This WHYY Radio Times piece that aired yesterday demonstrates the positive impact one of our PYM Friends has had through his work. Sydney Coffin is helping to shape PYM’s Public Education Collaborative (which is hosting a workshop at Annual Sessions), and previously helped run the 2012 Public …

Introducing Resource Friends!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Communications, Friends and Education, Friends Counseling Service, Monthly Meeting Management, Online Newsletters, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

We are excited to report that the Quaker Life Council approved investing nearly forty thousand dollars over two fiscal years to raise up a momentous new program called Resource Friends. Resource Friends help our community be healthy and thrive, by providing expert support in areas of need in our monthly meetings and on the yearly meeting level. They are the …

Youth and Young Adult Programs Staff Changes Follow Up Information

Children, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

The following updates have been published to share further information about staffing changes: MAY 2, 2017 Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office APRIL 22, 2017 Communication from Leadership to PYM APRIL 14, 2017 Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH ...

Did you know NFL Quarterback Matt Ryan attended a Quaker school?

Friends and Education

The New York Times recently published an article about how Super Bowl Quarterback Matt Ryan was affected by attending William Penn Charter School, one of 40 Quaker Schools in the PYM Region. Matt Ryan’s Quaker roots have gained more attention as his Atlanta Falcons have made their way through the NFL Playoffs. “We did not know this beforehand, but the environment …

Friends Open Libraries

Friends and Education

By Jean Warrington Friends are bringing back books, storytime and libraries to children in public schools in Philadelphia.  The city schools don’t have funded libraries.  This means the libraries in many elementary schools are closed down.  A group of volunteers, mostly Quakers (including PYM presiding clerk, Penny Colgan Davis), worked with the Kelly School in North Philadelphia to open the library …

PYM’s Work on Racism Reflected in Friends Education

Friends and Education

Race and privilege – The very words can close a door, open a wound, or set the stage for split second judgments that have nothing to do with who a person really is. How then, Friends wonder, can we talk about and act upon racism? How can we achieve the opposite—opening doors, rebalancing cultural or historical narratives, and disseminating knowledge …

Tuition Aid Applications Now Available for 2014-15 School Year

Friends and Education

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Committee on Friends Education and the Friends Education Fund of Friends Council on Education helps make Friends education more affordable for PYM  families who wish to enroll their children in Friends schools within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Grants from these funds are available to children of PYM members in grades K- 12 at PYM Friends schools, where families …

Creating Space and Structure for Leadership

Friends and Education

To meet with Walter Hjelt Sullivan, Quaker Affairs Director at Haverford College, is to crack a window on the “lived realities” of faith in action. But to work with him and be a student engaged in Quaker action at the College is to have a door swing wide open into one’s self even as it opens outward to the world. …

Resource: The Care Relationships between Meetings and Schools

Friends and Education

So. . . you are a member of a Quaker meeting or a Friends School and you’d like to strengthen your meeting/school relationship but don’t know how to start. Without a first step or framework to rely on, this well-intentioned thought often remains just that, a thought. Fear not as there is help available! In 2006, Deborra Sines Pancoe collected …

Message from the Field: Morning with a Friend Program

Friends and Education

Building good relationships between Quaker Meetings and Friends Schools requires most of all, opportunities for these communities to interact. Greene Street Friends School has a wonderful program that aims to build the kind of relationships both groups have come to cherish. For the last three years the children at Greene Street have had the opportunity to become closer with members …

The 2013 School Religious Life Gathering Approaches

Friends and Education

There are 40 Friends Schools in the PYM region, and most of them have board or faculty committees on Quakerism. To share ideas, encourage spiritual growth within the school, and focus on Quakerism as a whole, these committees gather once a year each May for fellowship and a meal. Discussions are query-led, and school committee members and faculty will use …