Young Friends, for middle and high school students, welcomes youth of every background to gather in a diverse community grounded in Quakerism.

Young Friends leadership, under the direction of the Religious Education program, strives to provide an environment where individuals can exercise their talents and skills, learn from one another, and navigate the teen years in a respectful, loving, and supportive environment.

Led by Young Adults

The Young Friends program is led by young adults who, not so many years ago, were active participants in New Garden’s Young Friends program. They understand the challenges presented by being a teenager these days, and they know how participating in a welcoming community of Friends can ease that journey.

Supportive Environment

New Garden’s Young Friends program seeks to help youth become more fully formed adults by providing the queries and tools necessary to grapple with teenage dilemmas. The program aims to build bridges and strengthen the bonds between participants, maintaining an active yet thoughtful group dynamic.

On Sunday Evenings...

All youth are welcome to join with Young Friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on First Days. The fellowship usually includes a meal ($5 contribution requested). Questions? Contact Karin Heller.

Kelsey Lindeman

Kelsey, 27, graduated from Guilford College in 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She is a veterinary technician working in emergency medicine with Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic. She has worked with a variety of nonhuman animals and now hopes to broaden her horizons as a Youth Leader for middle and high school students. She grew up attending New Garden Friends Meeting, was active in Young Friends, and hopes to perpetuate the happy memories she has of her experiences in today’s youth.

Favorite band: AJJ

Mom or Dad’s favorite band: The Beatles

Favorite food: Fried chicken sandwich

Least favorite food: Green peppers

Place you most want to visit: Mexico

Best course in college: Conservation biology or human sexuality

Best advice you ever got: What you loved doing at ages 8 or 9, you should probably do that in your life.

What about being in Young Friends at New Garden was important to to you? Connecting with my peers in a safe place without judgment.

Ross Kiefer

Ross recently graduated UNCG with a bachelor’s degree in music, and a minor in radio broadcasting. He serves as editor-in-chief for the UNCG newspaper, The Carolinian, and is contributor to Yes! Weekly. Ross has been attending New Garden Friends Meeting for over a decade, was active in Young Friends, and has worked for the New Garden Friends School Summer Program for four years.

Favorite band: Of Montreal

Mom or Dad’s favorite band: Michael Jackson

Favorite food: Baby back ribs

Least favorite food: Grapefruit

Place you most want to visit: Barcelona, Spain

Best course in college: Music of the 19th Century

Best advice you ever got: Is being angry worth your energy at that moment?

What about being in Young Friends at New Garden was important to to you? The sense of always being welcomed and that Jam’s Deli was nearby.

Calliope George

Calliope recently graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Dramatic Art and Communications.  In school she had the privilege of studying in the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and Japan, where she caught the travel bug. Currently, she’s living in Greensboro, auditioning, and enjoying being close to the New Garden community she calls home. She’s thrilled to be taking on this position of leadership and can’t wait to learn alongside the great teens of Greensboro!

Favorite band: Fleetwood Mac & Highstrung

Mom or Dad’s favorite band: The Grateful Dead

Favorite food: Corn on the cob

Least favorite food: Is Ketchup a food?

Place you most want to visit: Greece

Best course in college: Latinx Performance Studies

Best advice you ever got: Make room for kindness.

What about being in Young Friends at New Garden was important to to you? Feeling welcome with Friends outside of happenings at home or at school.