Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are not holding an in-person Gathering in 2020.
Virtual Gathering’s High School program emphasizes community connection, relationship-building, and identity development.
What is the Virtual Gathering's High School Program?
The 2020 High School program will take place on Zoom from June 28-July 4. It is set up for participation from multiple time zones in North America. The High School Program, and all of Virtual Gathering, will be "Pay as Led" this year.
The High School Program includes all Virtual Gathering activities (workshops, evening program, worship, etc.), as well as additional High School-specific programming. The program provides flexibility for participants to attend sessions based on their interest and availability. The daily support group* anchors the week, where participants meet in small groups with peers and staff to engage in personal and spiritual activities. High schoolers are also invited to participate in our identity-based affinity groups and nightly hang-outs for music, games and creative silliness!
*The Orientation and Support Group are the only mandatory aspects of Virtual Gathering’s High School program. Support groups will be offered at a variety of times to enable participant involvement. Participants can choose which additional activities they would like to attend during the week. Workshop participation is strongly encouraged.
The High School program is open to young people who have completed ninth grade, and have not yet turned 19 as of June 28, 2020. The High School program is for full-time attenders only.
Welcome From the High School Coordinators
We welcome you to join about one hundred high school-aged Quakers from all over North America for a week full of spiritual exploration, community building, and fun.
In a time of physical distancing it’s easy to feel stuck, lonely, touch-starved, and just plain not okay. With in-person Gathering being cancelled, it hits even harder. The High School staff have been working hard to try and build a virtual space for you to come, worship, laugh, cry, connect, build friendships and ultimately change the world. By being together we get stronger.
We are formerly inviting you to this place that you can’t quite find on a map, but will exist nonetheless. We can use it to recharge, be fed spiritually, and be with each other. No, it won’t be the same, but it won’t be like anything you’ve ever done before.
GOALS OF FGC'S HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
Provide a supportive and healthy social and spiritual community for Quaker youth that enables engagement and connection to Quaker practice and Quaker values.
Provide unprogrammed time for participants to develop connections, leisure, voluntary activities, and attend to self-care needs.
Provide a brave space for each participant to discover and express themselves truly and freely.
Choose a Workshop
For many participants, workshops are the heart of their Gathering experience. Some workshops are designed specifically for high schoolers or high schoolers and young adults. Intergenerational workshops have an attendance of about half younger people (young adults and high schoolers) and half older adults.
New for 2020: David and Nancy Haines will be leading a week-long workshop for High schoolers and Adult Young Friends on Quaker leadership and business practices, including virtual clerking.
Workshops are not required for High School participants in the 2020 Virtual Gathering, though they are strongly recommended.
The high school program is a unique and loving community. All who participate are asked to commit to the safety and health of all community members, to use common sense and to meet all Gathering expectations, including those about sexual activity, and recreational drugs and alcohol. Participants in the High School program are expected to plan to attend for the entire week of Gathering to help build our community, and attend all required High School program events.
The complete program guidelines will be e-mailed in advance of the Gathering, as will the all-Gathering expectations. All-Gathering expectations are also available at this link. Please review the Participant Expectations for FGC High School Program due to the relevancy of the smoking guideline.
All High School participants need a signed Parental Release Form. Please complete the form here.
All High School participants and their parent/guardian need to review and sign FGC's Provisional Online Youth Safety Policy and Procedures. Please review the document here.
Use this link for a PDF of the High School Program's Provisonal Online Youth Safety Policies and Procedures.
We welcome people with specific needs of a medical or non-medical nature. If a young person, parent or guardian believes the young person has any needs of which the program should be aware, they should contact the coordinators.