Former Young Friends Invited to Visit!

Young Friends

It’s reunion season for the Young Friends program, when we invite former Young Friends to visit the PYM Young Friends Christmas Gathering! We’ll be at Newtown Friends Meeting and hope to see many friends home from school or in town on a break from work on Tuesday December 29th anytime between around 1pm (after lunch) through dinner. That will include some …

New Guidelines Sign-off Form Required for Young Friends!

Young Friends

Over the course of the 2014-2015 school year, PYM Young Friends reviewed and edited all the community’s rules and guidelines to better reflect the needs of the current community. Now that this process is complete, we want to spread the word about what the expectations of the Young Friends community are! To do so, Young Friends approved the creation of …

Young Friends Sessions 15 Epistle

Young Friends

Dear Friends everywhere, Young Friends would like to recognize the epistle put forth by the members of PYM. With more than 20 people attending, we began the gathering with several games focused on community building and had our opening programs. For many days, a group of Young Friends accompanied the Middle School Friends and the children’s program to the pool …

Parents – I Want YOU To Be a Friendly Adult Presence!

Young Friends

What’s so great about being a Friendly Adult Presence? Being a Friendly Adult Presence or FAP (our name for chaperones) in the Young Friends community can be an incredible experience of connection, joy, challenge and play. It’s an opportunity to connect with the youth of our Yearly Meeting, supporting them in discerning their senses of self and in building community, …

Meet Emma, New Youth Programs Intern!

Young Friends

Friends, meet Emma Hohenstein, our new Youth Programs Intern for the Young Friends program! A native Philadelphian, Emma became a convinced Friend at the age of 5, when she came home from Frankford Friends School and made it clear that she and her family would start attending Meeting. They have been regulars at Frankford Friends Meeting ever since. These days …

Discerning Young Friends Program Structure

Young Friends

The current Young Friends program was designed to respond to a different world – a world where post-mailed letters were the standard for written communication and where the requirements of the average high-school-aged person were more likely to be limited to a few activities outside of school over the course of the year and a maybe a few honors classes. …

Opportunity for Parents – Let’s Check In!

Young Friends

Hi, Parent of a Young Friend! It’s nice to talk (well, write) to you – we don’t get to do this very much, hunh? I spend most of my time hanging with your kid (which is so great), and when you pick them up and drop them off I’m often scurrying around unpacking or re-packing things. Even so, I really …

Young Friends Survey!

Young Friends

Are you a Quaker in the PYM area (Pennsylvania – Delaware – Southern New Jersey – Eastern shore Maryland)? Are you also: a high school aged person, the parent of a high school aged person, someone who attended Young Friends and completed high school within the last few years? If any of these describe you, then the PYM Young Friends Program …

Former Young Friends Invited to Visit YF Christmas Gathering

Young Friends

We’re coming to the end of the fall and with it, the close of the “reunion season” for many high schools and colleges – however December is the prime reunion time for the Young Friends (YF) community, as many newly graduated Young Friends are back in town for the holidays. In past years it’s been somewhat unclear how former Young …

Consequences in Community

Young Friends

“Community” is a word that comes up a lot in the Young Friends program. It summons lots of warm-fuzzy feelings of acceptance, sharing, closeness and trust. This summer at the 2014 Camp Onas gathering, Young Friends started the process of taking further responsibility for their community by engaging with the guidelines, revising them to reflect current commitments and needs. This …

New Logo for Young Friends Community!

Young Friends

You’ve probably seen one: the T-shirt with a silhouetted circle of old-fashioned Quaker youth holding hands with the words “Young Friends” in an arch above the image. These well-loved shirts have been worn with pride by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Friends and adults who were associated with that program for over a decade! While these T-shirts remain dear to our hearts, current Young …

An Exceptional Experience

Young Friends

The Young Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting call 5-day gathering with the wider Yearly Meeting at Annual Sessions “an exceptional experience.” Here’s what else they have to say: Dear Friends, Young Friends would like to recognize the epistle put forth by the members of PYM. With more than 20 people attending, we began the gathering with several games focused on community …

Update: Youth Programs Transgender Policy Reconciliation Process

Young Friends

The beginning of Summer has brought with it a sense of affirmation and relief to many Friends as a formal reconciliation process concerning the PYM Transgender Youth Policy has concluded its initial steps. This past winter, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting asked the Traveling Ministries service of Friends General Conference to help our community address and resolve the various conflicts and hurt …

It’s Gonna Be Great! Annual Sessions 2014

Young Friends

“I’ve just got a feeling. It’s gonna be great!” Arthur Larabee, General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, stood before his staff during staff meeting with palpable anticipation. He’s excited about Annual Sessions this year, and you should be too! Annual Sessions, taking place July 23rd through 27th, is the gathering of Friends from all over Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Muhlenberg College …

Young Friends Approve New Leadership

Young Friends

The first weekend in May, PYM Young Friends gathered at Camp Swatara, in Bethel, Pennsylvania for fellowship and fun with PYM Middle School Friends and the Friends of Caln Quarter. It was a weekend of hiking, laughing, singing, and sharing; of saying goodbye to our graduating Friends and welcoming those becoming Young Friends. Young Friends also attended to several items …

Young Friends & Education Standing Committee – A Reconciliation Opportunity

Young Friends

Last summer, the Education Standing Committee approved a policy titled “Supporting Transgender Youth Participants in Young Friends.” The Young Friends community experienced disruption, hurt and anger when they learned of the contents of the policy, which called for new practices in the program that were not affirming to participants’ gender identities. This policy as well as many of the reactions …

Discerning Liaisons to Wider PYM Community

Young Friends

The Young Friends Discernment Committee was created by a business meeting in December of 2013 to steward the nominations process for Young Friend leadership positions. Historically, the only positions that have gone through a nominations process in the Young Friends community are the Clerk positions, however, at the same business meeting in December, the Young Friends community charged the new …

The End of “It’s too far awaaaay!”

Young Friends

Have you ever read seen the location of a youth programs event and thought to yourself, “Oh look. It’s another gathering for cool young people my age / my friends that’s taking place hours and hours away from where I live … I guess I’m not going to go this time.” Or maybe it’s more like, “What?! The next gathering …

Worship and Young Friends: A Continuing Revelation

Young Friends

Waiting worship is one of the most quintessential characteristics of FGC-affiliated Quakers, yet many of us benefit from multiple means of accessing Spirit. Many (though not all!) young people often feel challenged by sitting quietly with the intention to focus inwardly, listening for that rather elusive still small voice. Inspired by suggestions from the Young Friends Clerking team, the Young …