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.