Changes in Young Friends Staffing

Young Friends

Cookie Caldwell has served Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as the Young Friends Coordinator for 34 years. He is leaving some big shoes to fill when he retires at the end of December – this is a change Young Friends hasn’t seen in generations. Literally, Cookie’s gatherings include the grandchildren of his earliest program participants! Careful consideration has been given to the …

Introducing Averyl, Young Friends ELSP Intern!

Young Friends

The Young Friends program is excited to welcome Averyl Hall as the new Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program intern for 2012-2013!  Averyl came through the PYM Young Friends program, graduated from Westtown School, and went on to attend Earlham College, from which she has recently graduated with a degree in Peace and Global Studies.  Averyl finds particular joy in creating and …

Keeping ‘Em Coming: Advices for Meetings with Teens

Friends Who Care For Youth, Religious Education, Young Friends

It’s a commonly proclaimed sentiment among Quaker adults: youth are a vital part of our Meetings. However, as children become teens they often drift away from Monthly Meeting communities, much to the discouragement of First Day teachers and other adult attenders! In order to keep teens relating to Meeting, adults need to figure out what works for young people in …