Fifth District Young Adult Representative
I Will Bless The Lord At All Times And His Praises Shall Continually Be In My Mouth!
- Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My name is Jene’l A. Sconier, Young Adult Representative of the 5th Episcopal District Lay Organization.
- First, I would like to give a brief summary of what the role of the Young Adult Representative consists of and a few strategies to help build the Young Adult representation in the Lay Organization of the 5th District.
What are the duties of the YAR office?
- The Young Adult Representative shall be responsible for coordinating, teaching, and training, opportunities for young adults and youth in conjunction with the Director of Lay Activities (DOLA), to voice the concerns and vision of a new generation of laity, and to serve as Christian mentors to a younger generation of African Methodists. The YAR shall be between the ages of 18-30 at the time of election (Book of Discipline of the AME Church, 2008, p. 406,Art. IX, Sec. XVII,).
- Other duties include, but are not limited is: providing adequate training programs for Young Adults, expressing concerns of Young Adult Laity, and serving as a mentor to Youth (under 18) so that they will become active members of the Lay Organization when they reach 18. This also includes establishing partnerships with the YPD, RAYAC and other AME auxiliaries which service Youth and Young Adults.
General Questions and Answers:
Q. How did the Office of YAR originate?
- The idea for establishing a specific emphasis on Young Adult involvement in the Connectional Lay Organization (CLO) originated with CLO President Dr. Kay M. Brown (1985-1993) when a Young Adult elected from the Young Adult delegates was included on the Executive Board. Many Districts also created Youth/Young Adult programming initiatives. In order to unify Young Adult programming throughout the Connection, the 2007 CLO Biennial session established the office of YAR as a mandatory office at all levels. The first election for the Connectional YAR occurred at the 2009 Biennial.
Q. Who can hold the office of YAR?
- Persons who hold the office of YAR must be between ages 18-30 at the time of election.
Q. Which officers in the Lay Organization work with the YAR?
- The Director of Lay Activities is the officer who works in conjunction with the YAR to ensure that the Lay Organization conducts relevant training for Young Adults. The YAR is an equal officer, however, and not subordinate to the Director of Lay Activities and should have its own budget line item.
Q. My Lay Organization had a Director of Youth and Young Adults. Is that Office still valid?
- Only the office of YAR is recognized by the CLO. It is a full voting office with specific responsibilities dealing with Youth and Young Adults. Any other office which deals with Youth/Young Adult work comes under its jurisdiction.
Q. There is a person age 25 in my Lay Organization who would like to run for 1st Vice President.
Can he/she only be the YAR?
- No. The purpose of the YAR is to enhance the presence of Young Adults throughout the Lay Organization, not to restrict leadership opportunities for members.
The 2014 5th District Lay Christian Arts Festival will be held in Oakland, California on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.
The theme is as followed:
“CRAFTED INTO HIS PERFECT PLAN”
But now, O LORD, you are our father, we are the clay, and you our potter; And we all are the work of your hand” Isaiah 64:8 UKJV
- The age Group I (10-12) will continue to participate/compete on Local/Conference level and will not move onto the District level and
- The age Group IV (21-24) has been re-introduced to the festival.
Helpful Tips for the LCAF:
- Work in conjunction with all Youth Organizations in your local church – YPD, Youth Ushers, Sunday School, etc.
- Consider only have a Conference Festival as opposed to many local Festivals. This can sometimes diminish the number participants on a Conference level and then on a District.
- Assist your Conference YAR to visit local churches and make an announcement/appeal to the various congregations about the LCAF and its purpose. This is one helpful tool to showcase the Young Adults involvement in the Lay Organization.
- Assist as much as possible with the registration fee. It gets financially intimidating with the cost of participating in the LCAF. DO NOT LET THIS STOP PARTICIPATION!!! Be creative in finding ways to cover the cost – ex. Have a Local Youth Showcase Breakfast and charge a small fee. This allows money to be raised to support youth & young adults who want to participate in the LCAF and it also gives the youth & young adults an opportunity to practice in front of an audience.!
Jene’l A. Sconier
5th District Lay Organization Young Adult Representative