March, 2012 Call for Financial Support for a Quaker Youth Project

To :  Friends, Meetings, and Worship Groups

From:  Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Halifax Friends Meeting

 

Halifax Friends Meeting has initiated a social concerns project regarding Youth and Militarism.  The centre piece of this project is funding two Quaker Youth to attend the War Resisters International conference Countering the Militarisation of Youth, being held in Darmstadt, Germany, June 8-10, 2012

 

Our funding target is $4000, which would provide funding for travel from anywhere in Canada to Frankfort, ground transport to Darmstadt, conference registration, accommodation, and meals — approximately 120 Euros, and funds for follow up activities in Canada.

 

Kindly consider supporting Quaker youth for their engagement with this important Quaker concern.  Charitable Donations Receipts will be issued.

 

Cheques made out to Halifax Friends Meeting (Youth Project in the memo line) can be sent to:

Roger Davies

Treasurer, HMM

33 Dakin Drive

Halifax, NS  B3M 2C9

 

Questions?

contact Roger Davies at 902-457-4351

Opportunity for Quaker Youth (age 18-35): Due April 30, 2012!

Application Process for being a Delegate to the Countering the Militarisation of Youth Conference

Darmstadt, Germany   June 8-10, 2012

 

If you are interested and concerned about Youth and Militarism, you may want to consider applying to be a Quaker delegate to the War Resisters International: Countering the Militarisation of Youth Conference.  First, have a look at the attached brochure about the conference.  If this seems like a calling for you, you may want to talk it over with friends, other Quaker youth, and members of your Meeting who may be interested in these issues.  Feel free to write to or call Roger Davies, coordinator of the project, at 902- 457-4351.

 

The chosen delegates will be asked to help fundraise; however, full funding is not contingent on the delegates fundraising efforts.

 

We believe this opportunity will appeal most to youth who are well prepared to engage with the issue of youth and militarism.  Two youth with a social justice background and a demonstrated interest in learning, sharing, and working for social change will be selected by the Halifax Friends Meeting PSAC Committee.  We will contact the short list of applicants for a phone interview.

 

If you would like to apply, please send this contact information and your personal responses to Roger Davies or 33 Dakin Drive, Halifax, NS  B3M 2C9   Please respond by April 30, 2012

  1.  Your name, age, contact info (email address, mailing address, and phone number)
  2. Meeting or Worship Group affiliation
  3. Involvement with Quaker Youth
  4. Please share what sorts of social justice concerns and actions you have been involved with.
  5. In what ways is Youth and Militarism an issue for you?
  6. Please share ideas about possible ways to share and act on your conference experience.
  7. Please let us know who we could contact about your Quaker involvement and commitment to social justice.  Please contact the individual first before providing us with the contact’s name and email address.

Countering the Militarization of Youth Conference

A Project of Halifax Friends Meeting

  • Is the use of military force presented as inevitable and normative to Canadian youth?
  • Are there aspects of a more militarized society presented as a positive value to youth?
  • Is the military reaching deeper into the lives of youth, through recruitment in schools, cadets, etc? 
  • How do war video games affect the attitudes of players?
  • How might Quaker youth who are called to act on these Concerns be supported?

Halifax Friends Meeting has launched a project on this issue.  The centrepiece of the project is supporting two Quaker youth to attend a Youth and Militarism Conference in Germany, June 8-10, 2012

 

The components of the project are:

  1. Select two Quaker youth (age 18-35) to attend the conference.  The youth will be well- prepared to benefit from attendance and will be motivated and supported in carrying out follow-up actions.
  2. Fundraise in order to gather sufficient funds to cover travel and conference expenses.
  3. Have a support committee that works with the youth before and after the conference, giving support to activities that inform others and creates actions relevant to the issue.

 

How you can be involved:

  1. Apply to be one of the delegates.  Application guidelines are included in this document.
  2. Provide funds for the project, either as an individual, Meeting, or Worship Group.
    1. Oversight for finances will be done by The Finance Committee of Halifax Monthly Meeting.
    2. Full disclosure of the accounting is available to Quakers at any time.  Any funds not used by the delegates will be retained for one year, for follow-up projects. After that time, the funds will be transferred to either CYM Youth Support, or CFSC.
  3. Become part of a Youth and Militarism Quaker Network.  All youth and adults are welcome to participate in this network.  The network will help the delegates be in contact with other concerned Quakers.