The PYM Young Friends program provides a spiritual home for those who are high-school-aged and interested in experiencing Quaker community. Friends and Quaker-friendly folks in the PYM region are welcome, and you can learn more at the “Who is Young Friends for?” page.
The Young Friends program is directed by a dynamic collaboration between youth and adult leadership. Young Friends is a place where leadership is nurtured and encouraged, providing opportunities for youth to explore their gifts and learn to practice leadership in a way that is distinctive to the Quaker community. Learn more about this unique aspect of Young Friends on the Leadership page.
Gatherings incorporate many opportunities for spiritual growth and contemplation, focusing specifically on grounding in Quaker faith and practice. In this way, the Young Friends program keeps those who have grown up in Quakerism engaged in the Quaker faith, while introducing an enticing form of spirituality to newcomers. Gatherings also encourage and support youth leadership. The Events for Young Friends page will be updated frequently, and has additional information about what to expect.
Young Friends is a community of play, connection, growth, laughter, work and love. To learn more about this program and all it offers, contact the Program Facilitator, the Youth Religious Life Coordinator, or ask a Young Friend!
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. Young Friends will be asked to read and sign a form to acknowledge and affirm their understanding of the Guidelines and consequences for not following them. For more information, visit the Young Friends Guidelines page.
Volunteers that work with young people in PYM’s youth programs are called Friendly Presences, and these lovely people are essential to the Young Friends Program. Friendly Presences with the Young Friends program are:
- Friends who love being in multi-generational community with youth
- At least 21 years old
- Known in a Quaker community or a community like PYM for at least six months prior to service
In order to volunteer as a Friendly Presence, you will be asked to consent to a background check. These forms and more information about this process is available on the Child Safety Background Checks page. You can also check out the Friendly Presence Guide for Adult Volunteers for more information.
Contact the Youth Religious Life Coordinator with any questions or to learn about upcoming opportunities!