Young Friends of Baltimore Yearly Meeting
*All in-person Conferences start at 7pm Friday and end the the rise of Meeting for Worship on Sunday*
|September 18 - 20, 2020: Virtual|
|November 27 - 29, 2020: Virtual|
|February 26 - 28, 2021: Charlottesville Friends Meeting, Charlottesville, VA|
April 16 - 18, 2021: Service Conference: Gunpowder Friends Meeting, Sparks, MD
May 28 - 30, 2021: TBA
In the wake of a Covid-19, the Youth Programs of Baltimore Yearly Meeting is having to switch gears and find creative alternatives to our tradition in-person gatherings. The social distancing needed to maintain a safe and healthy environment at our conferences in the wake of corona virus is nearly impossible to achieve in a community that thrives on platonic intimacy. 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. In consideration of this, we will have virtual conferences through the end of 2020 at least.
What is Young Friends?
Young Friends is a community sponsored by Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, consisting of high school age attender who wish to enjoy the fellowship of our Quaker community. The Young Friends program seeks to build a community, which nurtures the personal and spiritual growth of all youth and adult participants. Young Friends provides opportunities to take an active part in the affairs and concerns of the Religious Society of Friends. Young Friends promote individuality as well as the unity of being in community. Decisions are made according to Quaker process, seeking unity among those gathered. With the exception of certain legal and bureaucratic matters, youth are responsible for all aspects of the Young Friends community. The basis of our community and our system of governance is predicated upon acceptance. Our Quaker community expands beyond the borders of our Meetings. High school age youth who are not affiliated with a monthly meeting are welcomed to attend all Young Friends’ conferences. All new attendees of conferences will be thoroughly welcomed into the community with plethoric gusto.
As a self-governed community, Young Friends maintain their own handbook which can be found here.
For more detailed information, please check out the "Who We Are" page on the Young Friends' managed website here!
So How Do I Join?
Young Friends can click here or on the "Young Friends Conference Registration" link to the left to register for upcoming conferences. Each in-person conference is $60.00. Those that register early (2 weeks before the con) receive a $10 discount. You will need to complete and submit the Medical Information form if you don't have one on file for this school year. Young Friends cannot stay at a conference without a Med Form on file. Furthermore, please alert Sunshine Klein, the Youth Programs Manager, in advance if you or your Young Friend intends to arrive late or leave early from the conference.
All in-person Conferences start at 7pm on Friday and end at the rise of Meeting for Worship on Sunday.
For more detailed information, please check out the "Conferences: Who, What, Why" page on the Young Friends' managed website here!
To join our mailing list sign up here. Make sure to check the Young Friends box!