Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Qualities of High School Staff

We are looking for these qualities in volunteer High School program staff:

  1. Individuals who are excited about the program and about working with other staff to realize our vision of a grounded staff community.
  2. Experience with the High School Gathering, Young Friends, or other religious high school age youth groups.
  3. Understanding of, or familiarity with, the concept of listening for the Sense of Meeting as a central practice of Friends.
  4. Skill in listening and sensitivity to teen participants, oneself, other staff, parents and other Gathering attenders.
  5. Commitment to nurturing youth ownership of program guidelines.
  6. Community-oriented: knowing the value of the overall Gathering and the High School Program's place in it.
  7. Willingness to work as a team member with the coordinators and other staff.
  8. Understanding of boundary issues inherent in the role of staff and ability to maintain appropriate boundaries.
  9. Able to arrive by Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 9:00 am, for a two-day orientation and team-building session. Staff is encouraged to arrive Friday evening for dinner, settling in, and community building.

The High School staff selection process acknowledges that no one person is going to have all the characteristics needed to make the program work, and that staff often draw upon each other's expertise and experience in dealing with issues that come up during the week.

A few questions we consider about the composition of the entire staff are below. 

  • Is there a good balance:
    • In the range of Quaker experience among staff members? 
    • Of male and female counselors?
  • Are there gender non-conforming people on the team? 
  • Is there a range of ages of counselors, from teenage to middle age and above (each age group bringing its own insights)? Note: Applicants must have at least one year out of the program before being considered, except those applying for the position of intern. 
  • Is there diversity:
    • In the racial makeup of the counseling team?
    • In the sexual orientation of the counseling team?
  • Are there people with lifeguarding/first aid/peer counseling/nursing or other helping/healing skills on the team?
  • Are there people with experience leading physical activities for groups of young people? (games/sports/drama/exercise, etc.)
  • Is there a good balance in the skills, interests and approaches of the staff members as a whole?

Return to the High School Staff Application page.