CYM Youth Challenge Funding Application

UPDATE

The second deadline has been extended to June 8th, 2013, so be sure to get your application in!

 

 

1st Deadline: March 15th, 2013
2nd Deadline: June 1st, 2013  June 8th 2013

 Under 35? Get yourself to CYM this summer and be part of the 2013 Youth Challenge!

Last summer, Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting received $25,000 to bring together at least 50 Young Friends and Young Adult Friends at CYM 2013. We know that funding can be a major barrier to attending and we’re incredibly excited to be able to help YFs and YAFs come together from across the country in Kemptville, ON this August 16th-24th.

Young Friends are typically defined as being at least 12 or 13, but the Youth Challenge may be able to fund younger Friends as well, particularly if they are the children of Young Adult Friends also attending CYM. All applicants should write their own applications.

Why two rounds of funding?

The hope is that we can help people plan well in advance or pull their plans together after summer employment plans are confirmed–please apply for the March deadline if you already know what your summer looks like!

Apply online now

Or download the form: CYM Youth Challenge Funding Application

Please complete this application online or download the form above and email your answers to Young Adult Friend Clerk Maggie Knight at . Feel free to email aic

 

UPDATE: Forms for CYM are now available. Of particular interest is the registration form, which has information on the costs of accommodation/meals/registration fees, so that you figure out how much support you’ll need to apply for.

Don’t miss this summer’s CYM Youth Challenge!

Under 35? Get yourself to CYM this summer and be part of the 2013 Youth Challenge!

Last summer, Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting received $25,000 to bring together at least 50 Young Friends and Young Adult Friends at CYM 2013. We know that funding can be a major barrier to attending and we’re incredibly excited to be able to help YFs and YAFs come together from across the country in Kemptville, ON this August 16th-24th.

Young Friends are typically defined as being at least 12 or 13, but the Youth Challenge may be able to fund younger Friends as well, particularly if they are the children of Young Adult Friends also attending CYM. All applicants should write their own applications.

What can we expect to experience as part of the Youth Challenge?

We’re excited to bring a critical mass of Young Friends and Young Adult Friends together to energize and strengthen our community and rejoice in our time together in worship, play, and good conversation. We hope to rejuvenate Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting and discern our collective path forward, asking what we want to be doing and what makes sense for us as a Yearly Meeting. Planning is well under way for exciting and enriching programming for both YFs and YAFs! 

How does the funding work? Who’s eligible?

Funds will be allocated by a working group of Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting, and will take into account financial need, desire to attend CYM, and home region. Anyone under 35 with a connection to the Religious Society of Friends is eligible–first time CYM attenders are encouraged!

How do I apply?

An online application form here in the next couple of days! There will be two rounds of funding, with deadlines on March 15th and June 1st. The hope is that we can help people plan well in advance or pull their plans together after summer employment plans are confirmed–please apply for the March deadline if you already know what your summer looks like!

We hope that Friends will also seek support from their Monthly Meetings, as the grant is insufficient to cover all costs for 50+ people! A Minute from your Monthly Meeting in support of your attendance at CYM is encouraged but not required, as we understand that not all Young Friends have a strong connection to a Monthly Meeting.

Still on the fence?

If we don’t manage to bring 50 YFs and YAFs together at CYM 2013, we’ve promised to give the $25,000 back. Wouldn’t that be a sad waste of an amazing opportunity for our community?

Questions?

Please email the CYFYM clerks: 

Daniel von Schulmann,   & Maggie Knight, 

A Youth Secretary has been hired! YAY.

Katrina McQuail has been hired as the Youth Secretary for a period of one year, beginning work on May 9th. It’s my understanding that she’s working on developing her web presence, so we’ll link to that when it’s ready. We’ll also provide information about the specific things she plans to do as the Youth Secretary when we know more. (To give a general idea, she will be working four days a week, with a flexible schedule to allow for travel to Quaker gatherings, Meetings, and potentially isolated friends. The Youth Secretary position is designed to, among other things, facilitate connections between different groups of Canadian Young Friends.)

A Reflection on CYM 2010 in Winnipeg

By Ben Segel-Brown

I am a birthright Friend and have attended Quaker meeting all of my life. I attended Canadian Yearly Meeting in Winnipeg as a CFSC intern and also as a delegate of Ottawa Monthly Meeting. These dual obligations overlapped with the Young Friends programmed time, and my obligations to the Food co-op, so while constantly busy, I was also constantly missing events. This was my second time attending yearly meeting, as well as my second time as a delegate of OMM. Having multiple roles kept me engaged with CYM, but also made be somewhat of a worse delegate as I had to ask Rachel Urban Shipley to attend nominations meeting on my behalf and catch me up when I was free.

I joyfully participated in a worship-sharing group, which was a wonderful open experience. It was a refreshing experience to hear what people really felt about their families, F/friends, and issues that are on their minds. It felt awkward at first hearing such personal thoughts, but it was a great experience to have people speak so honestly.

One issue discussed at the worship-sharing was the Peaceful Energy Minute considered within a special interest group I had attended. I found that I and two other participants had completely different perspectives on the productiveness and nature of the working group.

The Peaceful Energy Minute, which Ottawa Monthly Meeting discussed (then John Dixon reported on) arose out of the Uranium Working Group’s research into the harmful environmental and health impacts of Uranium mining as well the link between civilian nuclear fission use and military fission use. These points were demonstrated by their research are generally agreed upon. Unfortunately, the minute that the working group brought to CYM last year essentially called for a ban on nuclear power which conflicted with many Friends’ view that stopping Global Warming is our highest priority and that as a transition power source nuclear power is essential to the phase-out of fossil fuel use. This Peaceful Energy Minute was rejected last year.

My impression of the peaceful energy minute was that there was no unity (within the SIG or within CYM), either on the statement or its underlying ideas. I had felt the SIG was hurtful, frustrating, and unproductive. Surprisingly, a fellow member of my worship sharing group felt that the SIG was revealing, healing, and had done much to improve communication and move towards consensus on the underlying issues. I learned that conflict and breaches of procedure can be interpreted very differently by those who attend it. A similar contrast of perspectives arose when the Uranium Working Group was thanked by CYM, in lieu of approving any minute as no minute was approved by the SIG. One member, who had expressed his opinions passionately but politely at the SIG, spoke asking for a condemnation of Nuclear Fission. When the clerk rejected discussing the ideas as it had already be rejected at the SIG the member’s comments turned personal and accusatory against the clerk who was forced to discipline him. Likewise, many sympathised with the member for speaking what he was passionately led to say, and felt that the Friends spoke their mind quite contrary to my impression of the incident.

At the Peaceful Energy SIG I attended where the Peaceful Energy Minute was discussed, rather than bringing forward last year’s minute, which had been presented to CYM, the working group began by presenting a minute from Saskatoon Monthly Meeting, which few attendees had read.  This minute did not incorporate the concerns of many meetings and I questioned the suitability of using it as the working text for the minute. I found this SIG very frustrating, because being inspired by the previous day’s presentation organised by the working group (by Rick McCutcheon on the viability and necessity of sustainable energy) and frustrated by the presentation of last year’s rejected text, I had written my own version of the minute. I had also scrabbled to have it edited and deemed acceptable by each member of the committee and a variety of people with identified interests in it, which I and another Friend managed just as the SIG began. The SIG then proceeded to identify the same issues that had been raised in consultation with MMs, which I had read and attempted to address in my version, but many of which had not been addressed in Saskatoon MM’s minute. There was high tension and speaking out of turn over accusations relating to MMs refusal to host presentations from the uranium working group on the basis that they were not open to feedback and attempted to force their ideas upon MMs, rather than attempt to understand people’s objections. If this was healing or hurtful was apparently up to interpretation.

There were however many clearly wonderful experiences at CYM, for instance the shedding of tears and expressions of joy when a minute from Quakers Fostering Justice was approved almost without modification. In the ministry of one Friend, “This is why I became a Quaker!”  It was also a very energising experience being surrounded by people passionate about the same social issues I’m passionate about.

The little time I got to spend with Young Friends was also amazing: we learnt some swing dancing, we had our annual actually-helpful-and-somewhat-relevant sex talk, we sang as we walked together, and we played Wink with only minor injuries.

During the Tar Sands SIG I presented my findings on the oil sands leases, which was one piece of work I had done as an intern for CFSC. This SIG was entirely different from the Peaceful Energy SIG as it was run as an information session informing people about the issues, before proceeding to seeking an agreement on a statement on which there was already a strong underlying consensus. This statement, which proposed that Friends work with KAIROS on the tar sands, summarised feedback from MMs, and accepted Rachael Singleton-Polster and my reports on the oil sands.

CYM was a great and productive experience overall and I am very thankful for the support of CFSC and Ottawa Monthly meeting.

Emerging Leaders Conference looking for Emerging Leaders

On September 17-19, 2010, Friends United Meeting will be sponsoring a conference for emerging leaders in Richmond, Indiana. It is by invitation, and they are looking for names for people who are emerging leaders, not well-known outside of their meetings. They also have the interesting crition of being a “committed Christian.”

http://www.fum.org/naministries/emergingleaders.htm

A Consultation for YAFs on Cross-branch Inter-visitation

November 5-7, Richmond, IN

Are you interested in deepening relationships with Friends in other yearly meetings?

You are invited to a consultation for young adult Friends to discern how to create an inter-visitation program for YAFs across branches and between yearly meetings.

Spirit is moving among Friends across the branches of Quakerism! Since the World Gathering in 2005, young adult Friends (YAFs) in the U.S. and Canada have gathered for conferences to answer the call of Spirit. There is a momentum to come together to connect with that of God and the Light of Christ in our Quaker brothers and sisters, to explore how to live faithful lives, and to revitalize the Religious Society of Friends.

We gathered away from our home meetings and churches for these conferences, and now we want to integrate these experiences into our own faith communities. One way to do this is by welcoming Friends into our home communities and visiting them in theirs.

Our hope is that this consultation will be a place for Friends to explore what a YAF cross-branch inter-visitation program might look like.

What is radical hospitality?

What does it mean to welcome a visiting Friend into our own faith communities?

What does it mean to be a visiting Friend in a new Quaker community?

How can we open our hearts in the spirit of love and hospitality?

http://www.fgcquaker.org/qy/yaf-consultation/details

CYFYM Mailing List

Hello, Young Friends out there.

Information is often passed around among Young Friends in Canada through our mailing list, quaker-cyf. To join the list, go to http://quakerlists.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/quaker-cyf.

Your faithful clerk,

Peter Stevenson

Young Friends Epistle, CYM 2009

We all gathered together on the first day of CYM with the presence of this year’s teen coordinator, the lovely Janet Ross, and with the intermediate friends coordinator, Teresa Engler. We had an interesting morning talking about cycles, and relationships with nature, and people around us. Monday night was our first ‘unofficial’ business meeting.  However, as time passed, the unofficial meeting became more interesting in the new approach that we were coming up with, due to Peter Stevenson’s thoughts towards the efficiency of the meeting, as it has been an issue in the past that the meetings were getting too long, and were uninteresting. The logic behind the possible changes were, that we could potentially join positions together and make it  easier for nominating committee as well as reducing the time of our business meetings. If this is to take place, it will leave us with more time to discuss what, as YAFs and YFs is more important to us.

Tuesday morning was started with Worship sharing and because this years’ group is larger, we split off into three groups.  After a short snack we gathered back in room 112 and listened to Vince Zelazny.  He explained what he did with his work career in forestry.  After, we headed out into the great outdoors, and found different species of plants and critters. We identified each species with the help Vince Zelazny, and Rebecca Ivanoff. We learned about the Milkweed plant, as well as Plantain and many others. The afternoon went by in a blur we were joined by Tasmin Rajott and her Earth Loom to learn about the commons. The strings were our individual commons. After everyone’s string was attached we were informed that later on in the week, we would play a ‘game’ where we would weave our tapestry and complete the Loom. After that presentation we had the honor of Ellen Gabriel who came to talk to us about her People, and their struggles. She also told us how her People believed that the moon was their Grandmother, the sun was their Elder Brother and the earth was the Mother. She also talked about the outline of the OKA crisis.

Worship sharing was again the start to Wednesday morning, followed by the traditional Sex talk with Bill Curry and Dale Dewar. The YFs and the YAFs were divided into different groups, for the appropriate match of the age, with information.  The afternoon was wonderful, playing in the sun and tie-dying. All youth friends were involved, and the t-shirts as you might have recognized were fabulous! In the evening most of us went to the SPG lecture. Then cake was cut, in celebration of the 30th anniversary, of the Quaker Book Store, and the service of Vernon and Dana Mullen. Later in the evening Maggie Knight took the opportunity to interview youth, in a group for her Quaker Youth Journalism Project. Truths, laughs, support, emotions, and cake were shared among friends.

On Thursday various YFs and YAFs attended different business meetings, participating and gathering more information around several topics, such as Israel/Palestine, and the debate involving FUM. Starting at 7:30 pm the teen group had our first Official business meeting. We set ourselves a goal as to complete most items on the agenda by dark. Everything went smoothly and we only went about 40 minutes over time, which we regarded as a major accomplishment.  Of course as any young friend would say, the night was still young and would not be complete with the annual game of Wink with the added plus of running in the thunder storm. 

Friday started like the rest of the week with Worship Sharing groups, Debora Fisch came to talk to us about FUM. In the afternoon Meredith Egan came to talk about Victims of crime, and how it is important to be with each other when we may be hurting.

All in all this CYM has been an extremely positive and peaceful week. By supporting each other and loving one another, we can achieve anything. We look forward to learning more about the various committees’ and problems in our world, and what we can do as Young Friends to help. This year’s theme was ‘Friends with Mother Earth’. We did just that. This week was about slowing down, taking the time because all around you there are opportunities.  When we take time and slow down it helps us recognize the chances we get in life. We can reach for those opportunities and make it something special. We can turn it into something unique, something that a Young Quaker Friend can do. Young Friends will always be with each other, supporting each other, and loving each other.  Thanks for the wonderful memories, and the peaceful week!