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- Our August 16-18, 2019 joint Steering, Nurturer and Support
Committees retreat was a welcome reconvening of SAYF's great
organizing communities.  Several steering committee members
had conflicting life events and were not able to attend, and we
held them in the Light, each in their own endeavor.  The nuturer's
welcomed several new nurturers at this retreat and reflected on the
absence of the recent graduates.  Our work together showed us
the continuing strength of the SAYF program, even as Young Friends
move on and move in.  These nurturers are grounded in the Spirit
and willing to step into thoughtful and challenging work.  The weekend
saw the SAYF support committee focused on the Adult Volunteer and
FAN training sections of the handbook, while the nurturers grappled
with the confidentiality guideline, responses to guideline infractions,
some challenging feedback from SAYF at SAYMA, and planning for
a possible service retreat in January.  The steering committee took
time to schedule the year's retreats, examine our budget, and manage
the many details of a productive and smooth running organization.
The beauty of the Swannanoa Valley and the dedication of so many
Friends made the weekend feel calm and productive. Worship Journal
reflections on this NCSC retreat can be found on our EPISTLES page.

THE FIRST FULL RETREAT of the 2019-20 season will
be happening LOUDLY on
September 13-15
@ Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse
- Lead FAN: Aaron Ruscetta (with Jennifer Dickie)

(The rest of our confirmed fall schedule is available
on our Schedule page and posted in PDF form below.
The May - June 2020 dates will be posted soon).

Invitation & forms packets for the September Atlanta
retreat have been mailed to our previous attenders.
As always, all the packet contents are also available
below in PDF format for download and printing.

Sept. 13-15, 2019  Atlanta Retreat Cover Page
Sept. 13-15, 2019  Atlanta Retreat Registration
Directions to Atlanta, GA Friends Meeting
SAYF Medical Release Form

(With note that some of the pages of our web site have updates pending...)

PLEASE USE THE LINKS BELOW for the most CURRENT SAYF GUIDELINES and additional program information.
See the Parent Letter for info on Volunteering and the Contact Details for our Steering and Nurturing committees. 

SAYF 2019-2020 Schedule  (rev 2019/09/02 to Feb. 2020)
Parent Letter for 2019-2020 (w/ Steering & Nurturing Cmte. Info)
Steering Committee Bios (2019-2020)
Current SAYF Guidelines (rev 2019.08)
Kevin (the suggestion box) Guidelines (2019.02)
Queries for Young Friends (2018 update)

About our Retreats:
Each retreat is planned by the Young Friends of the meeting that is sponsoring or hosting the gathering. They choose a theme and decide on worship, workshops, activities and food. They experience Quaker process in this planning and produce a schedule for the weekend.

Each retreat begins on Friday evening with a guideline review after all teens have arrived, then a worship sharing circle follows as the first activity on Saturday morning. The retreat ends on Sunday around noon, after gathering in silence to write and share our worship journals about the weekend.

The young Friends have their own Nurturing Committee comprised of experienced attenders who uphold the guidelines during the retreats and attend an additional two retreats each year to conduct business and address any issues for the SAYF community. They also nurture individuals during the retreats.

Attenders of our retreats and their Parents are encouraged to help us improve the program via our Feedback Form.


* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly distributable) PDF format.
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view, edit and conversion.  Gmail & Googledocs also support PDF for attachment
viewing and printing.
** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional, even when accidental. :-)


Last updated 2019.09.02