Youth Challenge 2015

Under 35? Get yourself to CYM this summer and be part of the 2015 Youth Challenge!

In 2012 Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting received $25,000 to bring together Young Friends and Young Adult Friends at CYM 2013. The 2013 and 2014 Youth Challenges were a great success, bringing together many Friends between the ages of 13 and 35 and fostering deeper connections in the Young Friend and Young Adult Friend community from coast to coast. A substantial amount of the funding is still available for use in 2015. As funding can be a major barrier to attending, we’re incredibly excited to be able to help YFs and YAFs come together from across the country in Charlottetown, PEI from Aug. 14-22.

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?

CYM’s Education and Outreach Committee will allocate funds to applicants on a first-come first-served basis, taking into account financial need and desire to attend CYM. Anyone under 35 with a connection to the Religious Society of Friends is eligible – first time CYM attenders are encouraged! The maximum amount per person will be $750 unless there are extenuating circumstances which would require a larger amount (e.g. needing to take along small children).

How do I apply?

Go to the Education & Outreach Committee page of Quaker.ca, scroll down to “Application Process for Education Grants and Loans” to find the application form and send this to the E&O Grants and Loans Officer. See email address below. 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. Asking a Monthly Meeting for additional financial support is also encouraged. If you prefer, you may submit a supporting letter from a Friend who is connected to Canadian Yearly Meeting or someone from Camp NeeKauNis or someone from a Half-Yearly Meeting or a worship group in support of your application.

Questions?

Contact

Nominations at CYFYM 2014

Canadian Yearly Meeting is on its way and CYFYM Nominating Committee is hoping to have a head start this year. All in all, we’re in good shape, but there are a number of positions that we are looking to fill. All position terms are 2 years in length (those nominated this year will serve until the rise of meeting in 2016). Here is the list:

  • Young Adult Friend Clerk
  • Co-Recording Clerk
  • Nominating Committee
  • Listener
  • Education and Outreach Representative
  • Sporadical Editor

Want to know more about these positions? Get in touch with for more info, to get a better sense of what’s involved in each position, or to talk to the Young Friends currently serving in each position.

Youth Challenge 2014 is Live!

Under 35? Get yourself to CYM this summer and be part of the 2014 Youth Challenge!

In 2012 Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting received $25,000 to bring together Young Friends and Young Adult Friends at CYM 2013. The 2013 Youth Challenge was a great success, bringing together 45 Friends between the ages of 13 and 35 and fostering deeper connections in the Young Friend and Young Adult Friend community from coast to coast. A substantial amount of the funding is still available for use in 2014. As funding can be a major barrier to attending, we’re incredibly excited to be able to help YFs and YAFs come together from across the country in Winnipeg, Manitoba this August 9th-16th. Read the 2013 CYFYM Epistle online and see what it’s all about!

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?

CYM’s Education and Outreach Committee will allocate funds to applicants on a first-come first-served basis, taking into account financial need and desire to attend CYM. Anyone under 35 with a connection to the Religious Society of Friends is eligible–first time CYM attenders are encouraged! The maximum amount per person will be $750 unless there are extenuating circumstances which would require a larger amount (e.g. needing to take along small children).

How do I apply?

You can apply online by filling out the application form or you can download the application and submit it by email to . 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. Asking a Monthly Meeting for additional financial support is also encouraged.  If you prefer, you may submit a supporting letter from a Friend who is connected to Canadian Yearly Meeting or someone from Camp NeeKauNis or someone from a Half-Yearly Meeting or a worship group in support of your application.

Questions?

Contact 

Info about Yearly Meeting and how to register can be found here

Latest Pendle Hill Conference

Hi Friends!

The latest edition of Pendle Hill’s summer program is now being advertised. Check out the description below, and if it sounds like something that would interest you, we’ll put you in touch with the folks who can get you there.


 

Young Adult Friends Conference

Continuing Revolution:

A Young Adult Friends Conference on Community

June 6 – 11, 2014 at Pendle Hill

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The 2014 program for Pendle Hill’s summer YAF Conference is officially available! Thanks to QEW’s support, this year’s conference is shaping up to be better than ever before. Steve Chase will be talking about Transition Towns, we’ll have facilitators from Training for Change, Theater of the Oppressed, the Mural Arts Program, Quaker Voluntary Service, Movement for a New Society, the American Friends Service Committee, Healing and Rebuilding our Communities, and more! Please tell the young adults in your community about this opportunity, as each year is building on the momentum of the year before and we are already over half-enrolled with only space for 45 participants. With QEW behind us, we’re building a network of young adult Quaker change agents!
 
scholarship assistance – see http://www.pendlehill.org/yafcon

Donations in Memory of Isaac Miller

Hello Friends,

A message from Ellen Helmuth after New Brunswick Monthly Meeting’s meeting for worship for  business: some interest was expressed in making donations in memory of Isaac Miller, the Young Friend who passed away suddenly earlier this year.  A few options were put forwards:

  • NBMM is setting up the “Isaac Miller Memorial Fund”, which will support Quaker Youth and Quaker Youth Activities. They can accept cheques made out to “NBMM” (with a note specifying that it’s for the Memorial Fund) and sent to their Treasurer Lesley Read (contact the webminder for her address). Tax deductible receipts are available.

Isaac was an avid fan of skateboarding and film-making; a pair of local non-profits were suggested as well.

  • Skateboard Fredericton, Inc.
    520 Queen St.
    Fredericton, NB
    E3B 1B9
  • New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative
    Charlotte St. Arts Centre
    P.O. Box 1537
    Fredericton, NB
    E3B 4Y1

CYFYM 2013 Minutes

The compiled minutes from CYFYM Meeting for Worship for Business are now available over at the business section of quaker.ca. if you need the password.

To find the document, head over to quaker.ca/business, enter the password, and click through the Young Friends Yearly Meeting section.  

our_business_section 

We’re working diligently to get past years docs up here as well.

CYFYM 2013 Draft Meeting for Worship for Business Agenda

CYM 2013 is underway in Kemptville and we now have our very own draft agenda!  

CYFYM2013BusinessMeetingAgenda

You can email and additions/comments/concerns to

tents

 

It’s not CYM without tents 🙂 

Going to CYM? Be prepared!

Once you’ve double checked your travel plans and stocked up on bug spray, you should make sure you’ve looked at a copy of the Documents in Advance for CYM.  It’s a bit of a hassle to get at them, but that’s where all of the important things that will be discussed in business meeting are laid out, so if you’re interested it’s probably worth your time.  You’ll need to 

  • Head over to quaker.ca
  • Click through to the Business section (the giant button top-right, where we hide all the potentially sensitive things that we don’t want to post publicly).  You might have the password, or you can get it from .
  • Find the Documents in Advance in the CYM Minutes (under Current Business).

Once you’ve done all that you can grab the PDF for perusal at your leisure.

CYM and Youth Challenge Funding Updates

Hi folks, 

The Youth CYM Youth Challenge 2013 claim form is now available!

If you’ve been granted Youth Challenge Funding, you can move the process forward by filling out the form and submitting it to the CYM office (address included).  You can use the form to:

  • Apply your funding to the cost of registration, accommodation, and food at CYM
  • Get reimbursed for CYM fees that you’ve already paid
  • Get reimbursed for travel (with receipts, boarding passes, etc.) 

The CYM office would really appreciate having these as soon as possible.  It will make Kerry and Elaine’s work administering the Youth Challenge way easier, and they have already done a lot to help make this all possible!

If you’ve already registered for CYM: please submit a Youth Challenge form ASAP if you want to use your funding to pay for you CYM programme, food, or lodging fees.

If you haven’t registered for CYM: please send the Youth Challenge form with your CYM registration.

We’re accepting claims until October 31st 2013.  You can make more than one claim if you plan to use part of your funding before CYM and part of it (e.g. your travel expenses) afterwards.

Also, don’t forget you still need to register for CYM.  You can find information and print the registration form here.  They need your registration by the end of July (at the ABSOLUTE LATEST).

See you all in August!