Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Virtual High School Program 2021

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Children and Teens
Date and Time: 
Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 6:30pm to Friday, July 2, 2021 - 9:30pm
Timezone: 
Eastern

FGC's 2021 High School Program emphasizes spiritual nourishment, community connection, and identity development.

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.

What is the 2021 Gathering's High School Program?

The 2021 High School program will take place on Zoom from June 27-July 3. Participants create a self-governing community (with a little help from adult f/Friends who serve as counselors). The Program provides flexibility for participants to attend sessions based on their interest and availability. The Program includes all-Gathering activities (workshops, evening program, worship, etc.), as well as additional High School-specific events. The daily Support Group* anchors the week, where participants meet in small groups with peers and staff to engage in personal and spiritual activities. Participants are also invited to join identity-based affinity groups and nightly hang-outs for music, games and creative silliness! We close out the week with worship and a dance party.

The Orientation and Support Group are the only mandatory aspects of the 2021 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. There are a variety of workshops to choose from. Select one that satisfies your needs for worship, self-reflection, discussion, activity, and relationship building.

**NEW FOR 2021:

The 2020 High School community discerned a clear commitment to FGC’s anti-racism work. As a result, we will be offering substantial anti-racism and liberation programming for High School participants this year.

Who Is in the High School Program?

The Program is open to young people who have completed ninth grade, have not yet turned 19 as of June 26, 2021 and have not yet completed a first year of college. Only Gathering attenders in this age range may participate in the Program. Participants must attend the full week of Gathering and all required activities. For virtual Gatherings Only: Participants in this age range may attend all-Gathering without participating in the High School program if they prefer.

“Everyone was super inclusive and we all got along really well and had a lot of fun.” - 2020 Participant
“My Gathering experience made me more encouraged to share my beliefs.” - 2020 Participant 

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.

Workshops are not required for High School participants in the 2021 Gathering, though they are strongly recommended.

Shared Expectations

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, 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.

More Information

  • June 13 is the deadline to register participants for Gathering.
  • Parental/Guardian Release Form: Please complete and sign this form online. All youth must have this release form before they can be enrolled in the Program.
  • Online Youth Safety Policy: Must be reviewed and signed online by both the participant and the parent/guardian before they are enrolled in the Program.
  • Sunday, June 27: Mandatory Orientation Meeting for all participants and at least one parent or guardian.

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.


COMING SOON: IMPORTANT LINKS FOR 2021's HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

  • Welcome From the High School Coordinators 

  • Letter to High School Participants

  • Letter to Parents and Guardians

  • Sneak Peak of the Week Calendar 

Children and Teens Staff Applications

Junior Gathering staff information & application. Staff applications are open!

High School Program staff information & application. Staff applications are open!

Children and Teens Registration Deadlines

June 13, 2021: High School (rising tenth through graduating twelfth grade)

June 13, 2021: Junior Gathering (infant through rising ninth grade) 

 

 

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