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 caring, authentic relationships with Young Friends. Their approach to youth work has helped to shape how our yearly meeting is moving forward with collaborative energy and joy in youth programs.
Hannah started her service to PYM as the Young Friends Program Assistant in the summer of 2010. Subsequently, she has served as MSF Co-Coordinator and became the Young Friends Coordinator in December of 2012. Hannah currently serves in the role of Assistant to the Executive Director at Pendle Hill.
Kody began his service in 2013 as the PYM Youth Programs Assistant. He served as the Young Friends Assistant, and then the Young Friends Co-Facilitator. Kody will serve Southeastern Yearly Meeting as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator starting in January 2019.
The next few months will be a time of transition for the Young Friends program. Hannah will serve in her role at the Camp Onas gathering in August (though not at Annual Sessions in July), and Kody will serve Young Friends through the Christmas gathering in December. PYM will seek to hire an individual who can enter as an Assistant to the Co-Facilitators this summer, and shift into the Facilitator position in Fall 2018. The Youth Engagement Coordinator will convene a search committee, which will include Young Friends.
We look forward to celebrating with Hannah and Kody as they enter new chapters in their lives, and in the coming months will seek ways as a community to thank them for their service and friendship.