Junior Yearly Meeting 2017
29 July - 5 August 2017, Coventry
Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) is a welcoming, exciting and thought provoking event for young people aged 14-17 (born between 1.9.1999 and 31.8.2002, inclusive). Whether you've been a Quaker all your life, or have recently discovered Quakerism, JYM offers everybody the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and engage with spiritual ideas.
This was my first event and I enjoyed it so much - I really wish I'd started going to Quaker youth events from a younger age. I have made a whole new group of friends.
The event is run by young people, who are supported by a team of adults. This year JYM happens alongside Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG) an event for Quakers of all ages. JYM spends some of the time with their age group and they also join with YMG main sessions and activities.
I am a much stronger person with far more confidence in myself.
The theme for JYM is agreed on by the young people's planning group (called an Arrangements Committee). This will link to the theme for YMG and will be explored through speaker sessions, reflection and Quaker Meeting for Worship for Business. JYM is also a spiritual event with the opportunity to experience Quaker practices and worship. There will be social activities and small groups called base groups, which are an opportunity to meet new people and build relationships.
Spending lots of time with my amazing base group helped me to feel a part of the JYM community. This event made me feel so welcome and secure.
For more information on what it is like have a look at the information on www.yqspace.org.uk about previous JYMs and YMG.
How to come to JYM
JYM Participants are nominated by and represent their Area Meeting, Quaker School or overseas Yearly Meeting or other religious group. Open places (for people unable to come as representatives) are also available.
Information about JYM nominations was sent to Area Meeting Clerks Monthly Mailing in November 2016. If you know a young person who would like to attend JYM speak to your Meeting Clerk or Headteacher (Quaker Schools). If you don't know your Meeting Clerk, contact Thais the CYP administrator and she will be able to put you in touch.
If you are not currently associated with a Meeting or School, you can apply for an open place by booking to attend JYM at Yearly Meeting Gathering. You will need a named responsible adult for the duration of the event: please see the Nominations Document 'outline of the 'responsible adult role' and responsibilites'.
Nominations Guidance: This guidance should be read prior to nominating (so that you are clear on how the process works in 2017).
Nomination form: Please return the form as soon as possible. The deadline for returning this form is 15 March 2017. (If you are not nominating, please fill in Part 1 of the form).
This can also be completed online at Online at: https://forms.quaker.org.uk/jym2017/
An outline of the 'responsible adult' role and responsibilities: All young people participating in JYM 2017 must have a named responsible adult for the duration of the event. This could be a parent, a relative, or someone from the meeting who is willing to take on this role and responsibility.
A sheet about JYM 2017: Give to all young people who might consider participating in JYM 2017. If you prefer you can direct young people to the webpage for young people: www.yqspace.org.uk/junior-yearly-meeting-2017
For more information contact:
Thais De Oliveira
Telephone: 020 7663 1013