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 pre-teen 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.
Young Friends is a community sponsored by Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, consisting of high school age attenders 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.
Check out YF on social media by clicking the logos below!
So How Do I Join?
You simply register for a conference (AKA con)! When registration is open, the links are live below. If you would like an email notification, sign up here. Make sure to check the Young Friends and/or the Junior Young Friends box(es)!
For more detailed information about Young Friends, please check out the "Conferences: Who, What, Why" page on the Young Friends' managed website here!
For more detailed information about Junior Young Friends check out the link below titled "Junior Young Friends Information".
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*All Young Friends in-person Conferences start at 7pm Friday and end at the rise of Meeting for Worship on Sunday.*
*The first 3 Junior Young Friends in-person Conferences start at 11am and end at the rise of Meeting for Worship on Sunday. JYF Grad con starts at 7pm Friday and ends at the rise of Meeting for Worship on Sunday.*
In the continued wake of a Covid-19, the Youth Programs of Baltimore Yearly Meeting is consistently shifting gears to address risk management for our in-person gatherings. Our conferences are 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 love and support in these trying times.
In consideration of this, we will be discussing the current state of our local areas and the risk management steps we can take before every con to determine if the next will still be in-person. We will keep the calendar up-to-date if we shift away from in-person cons. Thank you for your understanding.
Click here to see Young Friends current covid policy/procedure.
“My daughter always comes back with a renewed sense of self and peace.” – YF Parent
“the creation of a community with a spiritual focus… helps keep young people coming to Meeting in the weeks between conferences.” – JYF Parent
“When I came to JYF in 7th grade it changed my life.” –Young Friend
“The Young Friends seem to bless our Meeting with their presence. We love that our Meeting House is used for more than one morning per week!”- Host Meeting House
“My daughter’s high school years would have been more difficult without the abilities she developed at con: a sense of independence, ability to express her feelings and convictions, sense of belonging.” – YF Parent