Young Friends

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Young Friends is a group of high-school aged Quakers in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. We gather regularly to engage each other in community, spiritual excavation, personal and collective growth in leadership and caring, and (perhaps most importantly), the fun and joy of being together!

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Young Friends Swatara Gathering
May 1-3 at Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA

Join Young Friends and Middle School Friends for Caln Quarter’s weekend of fun and spirit! We’ll do our traditional hike along a portion of the Appalachian Trail and get plenty of time for Ga-Ga-Ga and 4-Square. This is also our bridge gathering, where we say goodbye (and hello) to Middle schoolers moving into the Young Friends program and Young Friends moving on to Young Adult Friends!

Welcome to Young Friends

The PYM Young Friends program provides a spiritual home for high-school-aged Quaker-affiliated and -interested youth through explorations of community, spirituality, leadership, and fun!  For more information about the Young Friends Program, Visit the About Young Friends page.

The Young Friends program is directed by a dynamic collaboration of youth and adult leadership.  Young Friends provides an opportunity for youth to experiment in and learn about leadership in a way that is distinctive to Quaker community. For more information, visit the Leadership page or the Staff page.

The Young Friends guidelines are all about supporting a safe and accepting community in which everyone is loved and appreciated for what they bring.  These guidelines acknowledge that we all may need some help remembering how to be in community with awareness and care for ourselves and others.  For more information, visit the Young Friends Guidelines page

Our wonderful adult volunteers (known as Friendly Adult Presences) make the Young Friends Program possible. Are you 21 or over and Quaker or Quaker affiliated? Does inter-generational community bring you to life? If so, check out the Volunteers page or contact the Program Coordinator to learn about upcoming opportunities!