Welcome to the Adult Young Friends info page!
The Adult Young Friends (AYF) program is a self-led intentional community of Friends age 18–35 who come together at the Gathering to inspire, create strong bonds of Friendship, and support the growth of Quaker leadership. We represent a variety of backgrounds, and hail from all over the world of Quakerdom.
Participants in AYF are involved in every aspect of the Gathering as a whole. The community self-nominates attendees for both its internal committees and for the larger Gathering, and hosts a number of AYF specific events throughout the week. We strengthen our community through worship, AYF affinity groups, Meeting for Business, and share in fellowship and celebration. We create a community in which we can grow, bond, and strengthen our connection to our chosen faith.
For the 2021 online Gathering, we will be combining the usual AYF pre-retreat with the Gathering week of AYF activities so that participants can spend a full seven days together. We encourage all registered young adults to participate in the AYF specific programming, though some programming may conflict with other Gathering events.
How to Participate
Check the AYF program box when you register and sign up for the AYF Retreat when you register, and you will receive the program link via email. Check back in the spring for AYF program sessions times.
This year, the Virtual Gathering will be pay-as-led, with sliding scale payment options.
Affinity Groups, also known as Support Groups, are an optional component of the AYF Program at the Gathering. These are small groups which provide Friends the opportunity for check-ins about how the Gathering is going, bonding, and fellowship time within a smaller group of peers with similar interests or “affinities.” These groups range from worship focused groups, such as worship sharing, waiting worship, spiritual accountability and support, to groups focused on play, games, and napping. You have the opportunity during registration to express your interest in an affinity group, which will take place during the pre-Gathering retreat.