Junior Young Friends
In the wake of a global pandemic, the Youth Programs of Baltimore Yearly Meeting is having to switch gears and find creative alternatives to our tradition in-person gatherings. Our conferences have been an invaluable part of the personal and spiritual growth of so many of our young people and we want to make sure that we are still able to provide them with some sort of love and support in these trying times.
We will have virtual conferences for JYFs through the end of 2020.
2020-2021 Conference Dates
November 21 - 22
January 9 - 10
Homewood Friends Meeting (Baltimore, MD)
March 13 - 14
April 30 - May 2
Catoctin Quaker Camp (Middlepoint, MD)
What is Junior Young Friends?
As one of the youth programs of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, we hold a series of weekend retreats for 6th-8th graders, whom we call Junior Young Friends (JYFs). JYF conferences or “cons” are held at different Quaker Meetinghouses throughout the school year. Cons are a fun way to see friends from other Meetings or camp, make new friends, and retreat from the pressures of teenage life, while still developing skills around living in community and having a lot of fun. Sunshine Klein, the BYM Youth Programs Manager, and Ana Phillips, the JYF Assistant, facilitate these weekends in conjunction with the Youth Programs Committee.
When attending a conference, please bring a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothes, toiletries. Many JYFs also enjoy bringing things to help them foster relationships like music, sports equipment, or games.
You'll need to register your JYF online here or by clicking the "JYF Registration" link to the left. Each in-person conference costs $40. For the first conference your JYF attends each school year, you'll need to complete and submit the Medical Information form.
JYFs are not the only people at a JYF con. Adults also participate in the community. We call them Friendly Adult Presences (FAPs). To become a FAP, fill out the application page here. You will be informed of the next available training, which you must participate in before you can serve as a FAP. While adults plan the program and meals at these conferences, JYFs are required to participate in cooking, cleaning, and making decisions that affect the group.