New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.
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Youth and Young Adult Programs at Annual Sessions



New England Yearly Meeting Youth Programs offer robust and grounded communities of peers for younger Friends, from infants in childcare to young adults. For many, the youth programs are among the most meaningful aspects of Yearly Meeting Sessions.

Youth programs participants must have health information and parental permission submitted as part of the registration process. Parents should not bring or send children unless they are prepared to participate in the program. Parents are responsible for their children during unscheduled periods. Program-specific orientation details/times will be published below and in the Yearly Meeting News, available at Registration when you arrive at Sessions.

Childcare (ages 4 & under)

is available in the mornings and afternoons. 

-Learn more about Childcare at Annual Sessions

Junior Yearly Meeting (entering grades K–6)

is a structured program of learning, fun, & friendships. Coordinator: Betty Ann Lee, 508-742-7860

Orientation Information: No formal JYM orientation this year, but read this info to learn more about JYM at Annual Sessions

Junior High Yearly Meeting (entering grades 7–9)

is a welcoming, joy-filled community. Multiple blocks of daily program time include music, games, discussions, worship and creativity. Coordinator: Gretchen Baker-Smith, 508-997-0940 • [email protected]

Orientation Information: 9:00 p.m. on Saturday (mandatory) in Hoff Hall Conf Rm

-Learn more about JHYM at Annual Sessions

Young Friends (entering grade 10 to 2018 high school graduates) 

have their own dorm & program, with some activities shared with the adult and multigenerational Sessions programs. The YF program requires adherence to rules, mandatory participation in most activities and an adult sponsor. Coordinator: Maggie Nelson • [email protected].

Orientation Information: optional "meet the coordinators" opportunity - Sat, 2:30 p.m. in 1787 Room (Campus Center)

-Learn more about Young Friends at Annual Sessions

Young Adult Friends (ages 18–35)

have community building activities each afternoon and evening, such as games, shared meals, singing, worship sharing, small groups, workshops, guest speakers, and a lake trip. Come connect with other young adults from across the Yearly Meeting! Stop by the YAF lounge anytime to meet up, hang out or enjoy a snack. Questions? Contact Emi Link, [email protected]

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]