What Youth Opportunities Are Available?  Read down this page to learn more about:

  • Upcoming Youth Events
  • Youth Adult Volunteer Experience
  • Young Adult Advisory Delegate

Upcoming Youth Events


Once again this year, the NY State Council of Churches will sponsor a trip for senior high youth to the United Nations.

Read the latest article about their upcoming trip here! NYS Council of Churches Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum by Christy D’Ambrosio

Read more in the article: High School Youth Leadership Seminar at the United Nations in NYC

We will travel to NYC on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20 and return home Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

The cost of $400 covers:

  • lodging
  • travel by chartered bus
  • lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and breakfast Tuesday

Students will need to bring money for one breakfast and dinner Monday and Tuesday (unless they opt to join the group for a Broadway show and dinner in Times Square on Tuesday evening), which will be an additional charge.

Please see a flyer and application form using the links below.

Christy D’Ambrosio
Youth Director, First Presbyterian Church, Albany, NY
[email protected]

Click here: Application Form to Sign-up
Frequently Asked Questions
Hear directly from students who have participated in this event in this video:


Young Adult Volunteer (YAV)

What is the Young Adult Experience?

Being a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) means entering into a transformational year of service. What do YAVs do? Typically, YAVs:

  • Volunteer alongside local partners in sites across the United States and the world.
  • Engage in root causes of poverty, reconciliation and holistic witness to the Gospel.
  • Participant in intentional Christian community with fellow YAVs and local partners.
  • Explore vocational discernment to articulate your passions, label your talents & live into God’s call.

YAVs are supported in their faith journey through orientation & end-of-term debriefing events.  You can learn more about this opportunity on the Presbyterian Mission Agency website.

Current YAV from Albany Presbytery

olivia-orth-smAlbany Presbytery is proud to be supporting Olivia Orth in her YAV experience.

You can support Olivia through your prayers, words of encouragement and financial support.

Olivia is blogging regularly.  You can keep up on her latest adventures by subscribing to her blog: Teaching to Learn – YAV Olivia Orth

Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Support Grants from Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast are also available on on the PWSNE website. Click here for more information.

Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD)

As part of PC(USA)’s governance system, Young Adult Advisory Delegates (YAAD) participate in our connectional church gatherings, such as General Assembly and Synod Assembly.

“You are very important,” said YAAD advisor Keisla Lanzot in her “What is a YAAD” presentation. “The Moderator and commissioners expect you to represent the youth perspective with full voice and vote in committees. Be prepared to listen and learn, but also to respectfully express your opinion – not that of your presbytery, synod or church, but your opinion. You are part of a bigger community.”

samantha-brewer-smIn 2016, Samantha Brewer represented Albany Presbytery both at General Assembly in Portland, OR and at Synod Assembly in Albany.

Being a YAAD is an important role for our Presbytery, but can also be a very fulfilling experience.  You can read about Samantha’s experiences in her blogs:


If you are interested in learning more, contact the Albany Presbytery Office and ask to be directed to the group in our Presbytery who can provide you more information on the application process. Email: [email protected] or (518) 273-4991