Youth

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

  • Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019
  • Youth Adult Volunteer Experience (YAV)
  • Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD)
  • Summer Camp “Camperships” Policy
  • Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum
    • UN Youth Leadership Conference Dominated by AlbPresby Delegates by Christy D’Ambrosio
    • Youth Reflections from the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum: Feb 2017

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019 begins July 16th.

Interested in receiving funds for your VBS program? Deadline to apply: June 30, 2019. Click here to learn more.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2019

June 27-28 & July 1-3
Mayfield Presbyterian Church


June 30-July 3
Hebron United Presbyterian Church

  • “Calling All Superheros”
    • Come and learn how to be a Superhero for God!
      We will discover where our strength comes from, what superheroes do for others, ways superheroes work as a team, and how superheroes impact the communities they live in!
  • Grades K-5
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, dinner provided!
  • Hebron United Presbyterian Church
    3153 County Route 30, Salem, NY 12865
    Telephone: 518-854-3729
  • Website
  • Advance registration encouraged! Please contact Diane Snyder at hupcyouthministry@gmail.com or 518-854-3729

July 8-12
Brunswick Church


July 15-19
Schoharie Valley Community Camp

  • “Roar”
  • Morning Camp:  Children age 4 thru entering Grade 2: 8:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Full Day Camp: Children entering Grades 3-8: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • After-Camp Care for Full Day Campers is Available on a limited basis: 4pm – 5:30 pm
  • All persons entering 9th grade and up are invited to use your gifts as volunteers for camp. 
  • Schoharie United Presbyterian Church
    314 Main Street, Schoharie, NY 12157
    Telephone: 518-295-8177 or 518-295-8931
  • Click here for more information or to Register

Be sure to register early as there is limited space and these two sections have filled very quickly in the past!


July 26-27
Korean Presbyterian Church


August 12-16
Caldwell Presbyterian Church


August 19-22
Trinity Presbyterian Church

  • “God’s Wonderful and Wild World – Creation and environmental care”
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • 185 Swaggertown Road, Scotia, NY 12302
  • Telephone: 518-399-8782
  • Cost: $15/child or $35 max per family
  • Website

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.

2016-2017 YAV from Albany Presbytery

Albany Presbytery is proud to have supported Olivia Orth in her YAV experience.  She also summarized her experience in this article: Telling My Story: A YAV Experience to Zambia by Olivia Orth

While Olivia was away, she blogged regularly during her trip.  You can read about her adventures on her blog site: 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.

Spread the word to young adults (ages 19-30) that JUNE 1 is the FINAL date to apply to the 2019-20 Young Adult Volunteer year! National sites are available. Learn more online and APPLY!!

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:

#GA223: Reflections from a YAAD by Maxine Quaye

You can read about a previous YAAD’s experiences, from Samantha Brewer, 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: info@albanypresbytery.org or (518) 273-4991

Summer Camp “Camperships” Policy

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 updated Full Campership Policy for information before submitting your application.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.

 
The 2019 Second-Chance Campership Application Process is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact the Albany Presbytery Office.

Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum

The Revolution of Hip Hop: A Low-Key Party For World Peace: Feb 2018

The trip has been completed.  Read more about this trip: UN Youth Leadership Conference Dominated by AlbPresby Delegates by Christy D’Ambrosio

Youth Reflections from the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum: Feb 2017

See what our Youth had to say below in both written as well as video reflections. Click here.

 

Informational Video for the 2017 Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum