Welcome to the Young Adult Friends Program
The Young Adult Friends program 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 2016, the lecture was March 19, with Mary Crauderueff speaking on “Spirit Works: Exploring Quaker Leadership.”
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 Pastoral Care committee, to letting YAFs in your meeting know about YAF events & resources. More info is on our Volunteers page.