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Youth Program Testimonials

2019 High School Program
High School Space Party
Junior Gathering Staff crafting with an Acorns participant
Pinetrees get a visit from Gathering co-clerk
Sprouts working on their service project
Oaks balance in the hammock

Youth Program Testimonials

High School Program - Grades 10-12

Youth Testimonials 

  • “The love and connection found at Gathering is always a one of a kind experience.” -2019 Gathering
  • "I loved the discussions and how supportive and welcoming everyone was." - 2020 High School Participant
  • "Being a Quaker means fighting for equality, peace, and love and treating everyone with respect. Gathering gives me the chance to do that because I try not to judge people harshly and love people the way they are." - 2020 High School Participant
  • "Being Quaker means using the skills I have learned through Quakerism to make greater change in our world. FGC definitely made me more motivated to share me voice." - 2020 High School Participant

Parent and Sponsor Testimonials 

  • “We value opportunities for youth to grow in Quaker values and experience the richness of the wider Quaker community.” 2019 High School Parent
  • “I appreciate the way Gathering has given my children opportunities for independence over the years.” 2019 High School Parent
  • “Being part of the People of Color group was important to my child" - 2020 High School parent
Learn more about being a High School Sponsor - Read Sam Taylor's Gathering Profile!

28 of 30 parents and sponsors surveyed value the opportunity for their child to build community with other young Quakers.

24 of 30 parents and sponsors surveyed value the opportunity for their child to be a part of the larger FGC community.

21 of 30 parents and sponsors surveyed value how Gathering introduces their child to new concepts and topics through its workshops and programs.

High School Staff Testimonials 

  • "I had a really great time getting to know the participants. We had very interesting and deep conversations and I think we all had a great time sharing with each other." - 2020 High School Staff
  • “It filled me with gratitude [to witness]…just how transparently and lovingly the coordinators balanced the youth’s needs with the health of the whole community.” - 2019 High School Staff
  • “It was great to see participants that I knew from last year growing and thriving…Those connections throughout the week helped give me hope and energy.” - 2019 High School Staff
Learn more about High School staff - Read Aurelio Anderson's Gathering Profile!

Junior Gathering - Birth though 9th Grade

  • “There were lots of new people my age and I made many new friends. The nature group also interested me in edible plants, which is fun.” - Oaks participant 2019 Gathering
  • “Hanging out, playing games, and cooking were super fun in the evenings.” - Oaks Participant 2019 Gathering

Parent/Guardian Testimonials 

  • “It was such a wonderful thing to be in an intergenerational space.” – 2019 Junior Gathering Parent
  • “The staff were incredibly kind and skilled at resolving challenges.” –2019 Junior Gathering Parent
  • “She told me she had the best day of her summer!” – 2019 Junior Gathering Parent
  • "The lessons were very creative and thoughtful." - 2020 Junior Gathering Parent
  • "It was fun meeting families from all over." - 2020 Junior Gathering Parent
  • "I love the Quaker religious education and the time spent with Quaker kids and adult mentors." - 2020 Junior Gathering parent
Learn more about Junior Gathering from a parent's perspective- Read Marijke van Roojen's Gathering Profile!

Junior Gathering Staff Testimonials 

  • “The youth showed their joy and happiness fully.” – Sprouts staff 2019 Gathering
  • “There was great bonding between people - a genuine sense of wanting to be there and to help.” – Family Place Staff 2019 Gathering
  • “Every day was a positive experience of the children's resilience….  Taking turns…became a complex process as each child waited for their turn with some uncertainty that it would ever come. No one was left out in the end and they figured it out themselves. Each child was learning to trust that others would act equitably.” – Pinetrees staff 2019 Gathering
  •  “I was able to get to know children deep enough that I could provide some real guidance and support.” Oaks workshop leader 2019 Gathering