About Youth Committee
The Youth Committee (YC) facilitates communication and exchange of resources and information among youth, youth workers, and the committees, groups, and NYYM staff with a concern for youth within New York Yearly Meeting. The Youth Committee supports Spirit-led, intergenerational youth work in monthly meetings and worship groups, regional meetings, and yearly meeting. The committee articulates to the yearly meeting as a whole the comprehensive needs and goals concerning youth, as well as names and brings forward the gifts of our younger Friends.
The Youth Committee is comprised of representatives from, but is not limited to, Junior Yearly Meeting, Oakwood Friends School, and the Powell House Youth Program, Young Adult Concerns Committee. In addition, the committee has nine at-large members,
While each committee named above has the oversight of their own work, the Youth Committee ensures that the safety of youth and youth workers is part of their considerations. Friends with a leading to work with youth—in ways not covered by existing programs/outside of the existing programs—are welcome to bring their leading to this committee for seasoning.
Youth Institutes include hands-on training in various aspects of youth work per the interest of participants through a choice of mini-workshops The Institutes offer a forum for participants to:
- Share what is working in monthly meetings and regions
- Explore ways through the difficulties encountered
- Discuss frameworks for thinking about programming for youth.
Resources for Members and Clerks of NYYM Committees
Guidelines for Committee Service—Relevant sections from the yearly meeting Handbook on committe membership and committee clerking.
Guide for Committee Clerks—A resource packet designed to make clerking a NYYM committee easier.
Coordinating Committee Timeline—A guide to the year's tasks for coorcinating committee clerks.
Accountability Queries—Queries for use by committees and the coordinating committees for considering the spiritual state of the yearly meeting's committees.