Youth Programs at Annual Sessions: Coming Home

Annual Sessions, Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Volunteering, Young Friends

“Can we go home this summer?”  “What do you mean?” “Can we go to PYM Sessions?” This was the conversation I had with my then-10 year old, a few summers ago after our family moved to New York. Going to PYM Annual Sessions felt, for him, like going home — being in a community where he was welcomed, cared for, …

Young Friends Program Transitions

Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Uncategorized, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

With deep gratitude, the PYM community acknowledges the many gifts of Young Friends Program Co-Facilitators Hannah Mayer and Kody Hersh as they each enter new stages of their lives and ministries, and move on from the Young Friends program. For many years they have anchored the Youth Program team with both administrative and program work, and also modeled for us deeply …

PYM Youth March for Our Lives

Children, Continuing Sessions, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Young Friends

On Saturday, March 24, at Spring Continuing Sessions, Youth from across PYM participated in the March for Our Lives at the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA. The morning program was spent in preparation: wondering about how we let our lives speak as Friends, talking about what it is like to attend a march/rally, and processing different perspectives on the issue of …

Youth Programs, Give Feedback on Vision & Mission

Children, Continuing Sessions, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends, The Youth Programs Sprint group has nearly completed its work to propose a vision, mission and governance structure for our yearly meeting’s youth programs. The Sprint group, through several iterations, looked at the history of our youth programs and considered their future. The Sprint group intentionally sought out voices that we don’t always hear from, including those of LGBTQ families, Friends of …

PYM Staff Join National Walk Out Day

Addressing Racism, Children, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Quakers in our region have a long history of concern about gun violence. Individual monthly meetings and the yearly meeting have approved minutes and spoken with lawmakers about it. A campaign that grew out of PYM peace work successfully closed a Philadelphia gun shop with a tremendous reputation and record for straw purchases.  At this time when the youth of …

Nurturing Multigenerational Spiritual Community in Salem Quarter

Children, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Religious Education, Young Friends

“If we want to rediscover human joy and wholeness and creativity, and to learn to care for our planetary household as one earth family, we cannot continue to insulate adults and children from each other. Children need to be present to us, and we to them.” – Elise Boulding My first visit to a local meeting as Youth Engagement Coordinator …

Youth Programs Staff Update: New and Continuing Friends

Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Uncategorized, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends, We are delighted to introduce to you the wonderful team of staff who will be working with PYM Youth Programs. Some Friends are familiar faces shifting into a new role, others are new to the Yearly Meeting community. Each of them brings significant gifts to the program they will serve, and their energy and dedication to youth work …

Welcome, Melinda Wenner Bradley!

Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Our New Youth Engagement Coordinator! Scroll down for a personal message from Melinda.  We announce with great joy that Melinda Wenner Bradley of West Chester Monthly Meeting will soon join the staff of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) as our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. Melinda will work with other community members to steward the ministry and religious life of our children, …

Apply to Work with and for Our Youth

Administrative Council, Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends! I want to make sure you are aware that we are nearing completion of the process to hire our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. We aim to complete the process by the middle of November, 2017. Another announcement will follow at that time. When the new Youth Engagement Coordinator is hired, they will need immediately to commence another process …

Middle School Friends at Annual Sessions 2017

Annual Sessions, Middle School Friends

Dear Friends everywhere, we are the Middle School Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This week, new friendships were formed, old friendships were tested and we are here today having learned a lot about ourselves and each other. We got to know each other through games, worship sharing groups and workshops. We watched a movie at a time when we really …

Youth and Young Adult Programs Staff Changes Follow Up Information

Children, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

The following updates have been published to share further information about staffing changes: MAY 2, 2017 Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office APRIL 22, 2017 Communication from Leadership to PYM APRIL 14, 2017 Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH ...

The fullness of spiritual community at Multigenerational Spring Continuing Sessions

Children, Continuing Sessions, Middle School Friends, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

An Open Invitation I will attend Spring Continuing Sessions on March 25 with the intent to participate in the multigenerational programs actively, mightily, and joyously with hope and enthusiasm.  I encourage you to attend and participate too. These multigenerational programs provide our spiritual community with an opportunity to join in shared activities.  In these challenging times these activities open our minds ...

Black Lives Matter Quilt

Middle School Friends

The Black Lives Matter Quilt was a joint project of the First Day School and adult members of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends. Each square represents a victim of gun violence in African American neighborhoods of Philadelphia from January through April 2016. Member Pamela Haines collected the clippings and each child chose one. Over several months they designed the …

What’s in an event fee? Price change for Young Friends and Middle School Friends events

Middle School Friends, Young Friends

The pricing of Young Friends and Middle School Friends gatherings are intended to cover the basic costs of running the event – some of which are food and other supplies, paying workshop leaders, transportation of supplies and volunteers there and back, transportation of participants while we’re together (sometimes relevant) as well as any costs associated with using the space itself. …

Welcoming Tara Rubinstein!

Middle School Friends

Exciting new adventures await the Middle School Friends program! Matt Sanderson is leaving and Tara Rubinstein is stepping in as our new Middle School Friends Coordinator! For the past seven years, Tara has served The Attic Youth Center as the Program Coordinator. There, she saw to the expansion of programs for the LGBTQ youth population in Philly aimed at building …

Celebrating Matt Sanderson

Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Friends

It is with a joyful sort of sadness that I announce the coming departure of Matt Sanderson from PYM staff, effective April 6, 2016. He started as Middle School Friends Assistant in 2009, and since 2012 he has served as Middle School Friends Coordinator. Yet, actually, Matt has served our community in other ways for many years. Beginning with a ...

The rise of silent self time

Middle School Friends

When I started working with Middle School Friends in an official capacity I immediately realized that the work was both exciting and exhausting. Spending Friday night and Saturday morning amongst 25+ middle schoolers means living life at a louder decibel level. Even when there is relative calm, like during worship sharing, the presence of so many people within a set …

Visiting your meeting?

Middle School Friends

Over the last few years the Middle School Friends program has visited many meetings. Out of the 100+ meetings that are part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting we have visited well over 25. This is a gift, both for the Middle Schoolers and the meeting attenders. They get to see Quakers as something larger than their own meeting, and notice the …