Youth

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

  • Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019
  • Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD)
  • Youth Adult Volunteer Experience (YAV)
  • Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum: Feb 2018
    • UN Youth Leadership Conference Dominated by AlbPresby Delegates by Christy D’Ambrosio
    • Youth Reflections from the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum: Feb 2017
  • Summer Camp “Camperships” Policy: The application process for Summer 2018 is now closed.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019 is coming and the planning has begun!


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.”

In 2018, Maxine Quaye is represented Albany Presbytery at General Assembly in St. Louis, Missouri.

Being a YAAD is an important role for our Presbytery, but can also be a very fulfilling experience.

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: [email protected] or (518) 273-4991


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

olivia-orth-smAlbany 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.


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


Summer Camp “Camperships” Policy

Summer Camp “Camperships” Policy — This fund, which now a line item in the presbytery budget, is administered by the office staff. Grants are available to children and youth of Albany Presbytery member congregations/worshiping communities to attend summer camp (at a camp associated with any denomination with whom the PC(USA) is in correspondence) or special regional or national events. Albany Presbytery’s full campership policy can be found on the Application for Campership page of our website above for information before application.

The application process for Summer 2018 is now closed.

All Campership funds for the 2018 season have already been claimed. Thank you for your interest and please check back early next year to apply for a Campership for camp season 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Albany Presbytery Office.

Read more in this blog: Church Camp & “Camperships” 2018 by Tim Coombs