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?


Please email the CYFYM clerks: 

Daniel von Schulmann,   & Maggie Knight, 

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