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Youth Leadership Council

This past Sunday, the EDSD Youth Leadership Council gathered at St. Thomas of Canterbury in Temecula. After worship that morning, the council spent time reflecting on their work this year and talking about goals for next year’s council.

Elizabeth Sipra, a member of this year’s YLC from St. Thomas, said, “I think that Youth Leadership Council is important because it teaches you how to take on responsibilities while still having fun. It brings us closer together with the other youth in our diocese too. Something that I loved this year was watching Convention with the YLC. It opened my eyes to how decisions are made and how important our voices are.”

Convention was only one of the leadership opportunities offered this past year. The council helped to plan the annual Epiphany Retreat at Camp Stevens, The Lent Event, and the upcoming Pentecost Play Day which will feature sailing, volleyball, and friends from all over the diocese.

An important part of the Youth Leadership Council is affecting change in our own communities and the world. This past year the council focused on anti-racism work, visibility, equity, and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ young people, and deepening our spiritual wellness. This coming year we will continue that work.

Jordyn Jones, from St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, reflected, “I would like to see the council focused on getting the youth voices heard in convention, including voting. And also focus on community, diversity, and inclusion across our diocese.”

Applications are now open for the Youth Leader Ship Council ’22-’23. There are 20 spots available on this year’s council. If you know an exceptional young person in your congregation, please share the information below with them.

Youth Leadership Council ’22-23

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego believes in the leadership of young people and specifically, that they are called to lead in both our diocese and the world. The Youth Leadership Council was formed with this in mind. Youth entering grades 10-12 in the ’22-’23 school year are invited to consider the following questions: Do you have a voice that needs to be heard, a kind and open heart for others, and a willing spirit to work not only as a leader but also as a team? Do you want to help plan events for the youth of our diocese providing opportunities for others to connect more deeply to their faith and each other? Can you help identify who isn’t at the table and invite them into relationship and connection? There are roles for the outspoken and the quiet worker. The YLC meets four times per year, with the August retreat at Camp Stevens being the first gathering. Laughter and joy are centered in all we do!
If you are interested in being a member of this year’s council, please complete the two-step process before June 10, 2022.
  1. Step one: apply for the council. Complete the application through this link: YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL 
  2. Step two: ask your youth leader or another leader from your congregation to nominate you. Please share this link with them: NOMINATION FORM

Students will be contacted with the result of their application by June 17, 2022.


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