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The JYM and JHYM Retreat programs are under the care and oversight of New England Yearly Meeting of Friends. Gretchen Baker-Smith is a full-time employee of NEYM and the coordinator of both JYM and JHYM. You can read Gretchen's Bio here.
One of the cornerstones of JYM is our volunteer staff. They are some of the finest youth workers to be found anywhere. We are blessed to have a core with years of experience, as well as some stellar Young Adult Friends who came up through NEYM’s youth programs and a few carefully chosen teens who serve as junior staffers. All have completed a screening and application process. They are a wonderful group of people with a variety of gifts and spiritual journeys. What they share in common is that they are loving, appropriate and utterly safe with young people; they are grounded in Friends and have good senses of humor, willing hearts, and flexible agendas.
Our very low child to staff ratio (usually 3:1) ensures that children receive extra TLC or individual assistance at any time. This ratio also helps Way open for wonderful interactions between children, teens and adult Friends throughout the weekend.
For additional information or to express concerns or to heap praises (!) about our program, please contact Noah Merrill, Yearly Meeting Secretary.