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.
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.”
You can read Maxine’s blog post from the 223rd General Assembly here:
You can read about a previous YAAD’s experiences, from Samantha Brewer, in her blogs:
- Introducing the #GA222 Commissioners from #AlbPresby
- Serving as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate by Samantha Brewer
- Synod Assembly: 2016 Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) by Samantha Brewer
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 273-4991
Summer Camp “Camperships” Policy — This fund is provided by Albany Presbytery and administered by presbytery staff. Grants are available to children and youth of Albany Presbytery member congregations/worshiping communities to attend a Christian summer camp. Please read through the Newly Updated Campership Policy before submitting your application.
Please note that the application process has changed for 2021 and now requires each applicant to submit an online application and then download the Supplemental Information form and send the completed form to the Presbytery Office address noted on the form. An application will not be considered complete until both the online and the paper application are received.
If awarded, campership funds will be sent directly to the camp in your child’s name. Please note: The campership fund is limited each year so, unfortunately, once all funds are claimed, the application process closes.