Youth invited to apply for diocesan leadership programs

YLA 2011 Youth take on a teamwork challenge during a DYC retreat. Current eighth or ninth graders are invited to consider joining the diocesan Youth Leadership Academy (YLA).  It begins with a week-long program at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H., June 24-30, involving leadership development, faith formation and fun with a group of about 20 youth from across the diocese and five adult mentors, including Bishop Shaw.  After the week at camp, participants can then decide whether they want to continue with the 13-month YLA program that empowers youth to take leadership and make change in their local church community.  The program culminates with an international mission trip.  Find more information and sign-up for the week at camp here.
Current 10th or 11th graders are invited to apply to serve on the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC).  "This is a group of youth that want to have a great time while taking an active leadership role in the church now, as they serve as the voice of youth in the diocese and help coordinate the faith formation of their peers at diocesan and deanery events," Sam Gould, Director of Youth Ministry, said of the DYC.  The first application deadline to become a deanery representative to DYC is May 1; the deadline for at-large members will be in September.  (Anyone not elected by a deanery will be eligible for an at-large position without applying again.) Find more information here.