Middle School Friends

The PYM Middle School Friends program provides middle schoolers the opportunity to connect with one another across the yearly meeting. Together we will create community, lift up and encourage leadership, explore what it means to be Quaker, and have ridiculous amounts of fun!

The goal of the Middle School Friends program is supporting the spiritual growth of Friends, and friends of Friends, who are in that peculiar and wonderful stage of life commonly known as middle school. It is hoped that by participating in the MSF program, Friends will come away with a better sense of what it means to be a Quaker, establish and maintain meaningful relationships with other Quakers their age, develop a sense of possibility for what being Quaker could mean for them in their lives today, and in the future.


Coming Up Next:

Middle School Friends Winter Gathering: January 25-27 — REGISTER HERE

The weekend will include small group worship sharing, lots of laughter, group games, and new friendships as we build our MSF community. During the retreat, we will have the opportunity to explore race with Mai Spann-Wilson, Oskar Castro, and Noah White from the PYM Social Justice Resource Friends. This workshop will help participants become more aware of their own cultural identity and views about people from different backgrounds, and become more conscious of stereotypes and varying cultural norms.

All Middle School Friends must have a Medical/Permission form filled out. We keep this on file for the whole year, unless there are changes, and then renew it before Annual Sessions in July. Thank you! 


Gatherings

The PYM Middle School Friends program holds yearly-meeting wide weekend-long gatherings for Friends and friends of Friends in Grades 6-8. A typical gathering consists of about 35 middle schoolers and 10 adults (staff and volunteers). Our program is a mix of play, discussion, spiritual education, arts/music, and community-building activities. Learn more about our gatherings here!


Volunteer with MSF

The Middle School Friends community is incredibly grateful to the many volunteers who donate their time and energy to the MSF program. We are always looking for people who are energetic, playful, spiritually grounded, interested in hanging out with middle schoolers, and able to sleep on a meeting-house floor for a weekend. If this sounds like a good time for you, to check out our volunteer’s page and be in touch with the Youth Engagement Coordinator!