Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends (YAF) is a community of Quakers, age 18-35ish, throughout the PYM area and beyond.

We are at different places on our journeys, and we come together for fellowship, rejuvenation, and to deepen our connection to one another & the Spirit.

pym is us printAt Annual Sessions, the YAF Community kicked off the start of our PYM is Us! campaign – a challenge to have 50 YAFs donating to the PYM Annual Fund by the end of 2015! That’s over a 150% increase from previous years (but we can definitely do this.)
Learn more about the campaign or donate today!

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YAF Holiday Potluck
Monday December 21, 6PM
All YAFs are invited to our annual Holiday Potluck & Fellowship! Bring a dish, snack, dessert or beverage to share!

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YAF Winter Retreat
Unpacking Race, Readying Ourselves for Justice
January 8-10, 2016
at Swarthmore Friends Meeting in Swarthmore, PA
Join YAFs age 18-35ish from across the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region and beyond for our Winter Retreat.  Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship as our time is centered around the theme of race and building our toolkit for dismantling racism.

Welcome to the Young Adult Friends Program

The Young Adult Friends (YAF) Working Group supports the spiritual vitality and community of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) by creating programming specifically for young adult Friends (age 18-35-ish), as well as strengthening commitment and involvement of young adult Friends in PYM’s multigenerational community. We advocate for young adults within PYM and Quakerism, provide vision for programming that fosters spiritual fellowship, provide resources to young adults, and support to meetings engaging with young adults. We serve as an anchor for those transitioning into and out of our age range, as well as those living outside PYM’s geographic area who wish to remain connected.

Our weekend Young Adult Friends retreats are for young adults (age 18-35ish) in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area and beyond. The gatherings are held quarterly – fall, winter, spring, and a YAF community at PYM Annual Sessions in the summer. Retreats are usually held at a meetinghouse and centered around a theme.

The William Penn Lecture is a Philadelphia Yearly Meeting tradition under the care of Young Adult Friends. On a Saturday evening in late March, the whole Yearly Meeting community is invited to come to Arch Street Meeting House for the lecture.  In 2015, the lecture was March 28, and Matthew Armstead spoke to the theme Daring to Stand Up! In 2016, the lecture will be on March 19.

There are lots of ways to get involved to help the Young Adult Friends program run – from leading a workshop or cooking a meal at a retreat, to serving on the YAF Working Group, to letting YAFs in your meeting know about YAF events & resources.  More info is on our Volunteers page.