New Adult Clerk of Young Friends!

Young Friends

The Young Friends Sustainability gathering that took place November 1st through 3rd at Lancaster Friends Meeting had many moments of classic Young Friend-ly fun and celebration. Whether we were whizzing down the long and steep slide in the back yard, warming up by an outdoor fire post-service-project protecting native plants, or dancing the wobble in elaborate Halloween wear at the …

Young Friends and the Rewards of Committee Work

Young Friends

“Throughout the week we… formed new committees to attend to the evolving needs of YF business…” This quote from the Young Friends epistle of this summer’s Camp Onas gathering refers to a new development in the Young Friends community, a concept with which the average Quaker reader may be familiar – committees!  In recent years, the Young Friends community has …

Young Friends Epistle – Camp Onas Gathering 2013

Young Friends

To friends everywhere: This year’s Camp Onas YF Gathering was a huge success and tons of fun!  We had visits from YF alums and were reunited with friends not seen since our last gathering.  We also met friends new to the Young Friends community.  We enjoyed the experience together. Throughout the week we actively participated in various workshops, formed new …

Honoring Zan Lombardo, Outgoing Adult Clerk of Young Friends

Young Friends

Have you ever had a person in your life who sticks up for you, gives you guidance and comfort when you’re feeling lost, encourages when you are uncertain – a person who will laugh uproariously with you, play as long and hard and fun as you, and dare you to dance just that much more freely?  If you have, you …

New Youth Programs Assistant!

Middle School Friends, Young Friends

PYM’s Young Friends and Middle School Friends Programs are pleased to announce Kody Hersh as the Youth Programs Assistant. The Youth Programs Assistant is a new position that incorporates the former Young Friends Program Assistant and the Middle School Friends Program Assistant into a single role, creating greater continuity between the two programs and providing a familiar face and personality …

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 …