Empowering youth to connect with Christ and each other


Youth Week is the summer event for KEY Conferences (Kanuga Empowered Youth). As one of the longest-running events for youth ministry in the United States, Youth Week brings together youth and adults who work with youth from around the country for a week of fun, friendship and prayer. This Kanuga tradition embodies the vibrancy of the national Episcopal Church and encourages participants to seek authentic connections with Christ and one another. Those who attend are empowered to build community through small group discussions, conference-wide gatherings, music, prayer and play.
KEY Conferences Winterlight Youth Week

JYP 2019: Can I get a witness?

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Act 1:8

How to we achieve God’s mission for us to be a witness? In a world full of noise how do we use our voice and actions to act as faithful witnesses? This week we will explore what it means to be a witness and how we can bear witness by proclaiming the good news; participating in prayer and worship; and promoting justice, peace, and love.

SYP 2019: 70 x 7

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy times seven.”

Our culture often sends us unhelpful messages about forgiveness. At SYP this year, we will reinterpret Jesus’ message about forgiveness. Forgiveness is a continuous process, a journey, a way of life that we are called to as Christians. Forgiveness is for the forgiver, not just for the person being forgiven. When we forgive ourselves and our neighbors, we create more inner peace and free ourselves from our resentments and burdens. Throughout the week at SYP, we will explore what forgiveness means to us, how to forgive others, and how to forgive ourselves. Our community will design intentional forgiveness practices to do during the week, and to bring home with us afterward, that allow us to approach forgiveness from a place of wholeness and peace.

AWWWY 2019: The Rest of their story… 

We are combining Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” radio stories and scripture stories, from which we can learn to better serve our youth in today’s world.  Through a short lecture series, facilitated discussions, scripture study, hands-on activities, laughing, playing, resting, and rejuvenating our minds and bodies, the Adults Who Work With Youth conference aims to provide you with the tools, references, and community you need to return to your home church prepared to continue the topics your youth focused on during their time at Youth Week and extend throughout your home church.

Coordinator: Emily Lantigua

June 16th – 21st, 2019

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Three Tracks

Three different, simultaneous tracks offer youth and adults the chance to spend time with similar-aged participants, discussing ideas to lead and inspire their faith communities back home.

JYP: Junior Young People
For students rising in grades 7–9.

JYP Staff Application


SYP: Senior Young People
For students rising in grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates.

SYP Staff Application SYP Torchbearer Application

*The Torchbearer application is for college freshmen or high school graduates who have been out of high school for one year as of June 2019, and who have not previously served on staff at SYP, JYP, or Winterlight. (Cost for Torchbearers is $252 per person.)  All other applicants should use the Staff application.

Mirais Holden, SYP Coordinator

Mirais first experienced Kanuga as a 13-year-old participant of the JYP conference during Kanuga’s summer Youth Week. Just like all Kanuga youth, Mirais was invited into a lifelong, nationwide fellowship of friends, who support one another in exploring their relationships with God and with themselves. Mirais has continued to attend Kanuga’s youth conferences for the past 16 years, serving as a staff member and now as a coordinator of SYP, for the purpose of welcoming today’s youth into that same community. Mirais’ hope is to create a space for youth to experience the sense of belonging, unconditional love, and radical self-acceptance that only Kanuga can offer. When she is not volunteering as a coordinator for KEY Conferences, Mirais works as an attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kate McDonald, SYP Coordinator

Kate first attended SYP in 2005 on a whim and has returned to KEY Conferences every year since. The inclusive and creative community has been a key player in her growth as a person of faith, and Kate is honored to help create that experience for others. Kate’s experiences at Kanuga have also significantly shaped her professional life as well. She worked in New Orleans, Louisiana to establish food access programming through the Cooking Matters program and now resides in Lexington, Kentucky, where she works for Habitat for Humanity to create community partnerships through volunteerism. Youth Week is her favorite week each year.

Savannah St. Clair, JYP Coordinator

Savannah was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama.  She grew up attending St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and continues to serve and teach at her church in Mobile.  Savannah graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education as well as a Masters in Special Education from the University of West Alabama.  Growing up, Savannah attended Youth Week at Kanuga all through middle and high school before joining the staff!  She served one summer on SYP staff before volunteering at JYP for 5 years before taking over as Coordinator.  She hopes that youth from all walks of life can find comfort and joy in the fellowship that takes place at JYP!

Mallory Nonnemaker, JYP Coordinator

Mallory Nonnemaker attends the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in beautiful downtown Sautee Nacoochee, GA where she also serves on the Diocese of Atlanta’s New Beginnings Steering Committee. She loves spending time with 7-12 graders so much she spends her days teaching them Theatre. Mallory is excited to work to bring all involved in JYP closer to God’s Love.

AWWWY: Adults Who Work with Youth
For anyone who is connected with teenagers in the church, including youth ministers, Sunday school teachers, confirmation mentors, clergy or laity. Enjoy a week of continuing education on leadership roles, recreation and networking with volunteer and professional youth leaders from across the country.

Details & Registration

Rates: All fees are per person and include over night lodging and meals
AWWWY Adult Double (Shared Room) – $560.00
AWWWY Adult Single (Private Room) – $740.00
JYP: Junior Young People (Students Rising in Grades 7-9) – $525.00
SYP: Senior Young People (Students Rising in Grades 10-12 & Recent High School Graduates) –$525.00
**Register by April 8, 2019 to receive a 10% Early Bird discount.

Contact rjones@kanuga.org for group rates

Scholarship Request

Please contact Jackie Albritton, Hospitality Specialist, with all questions regarding registration, lodging and payment at 828-233-2815 or jalbritton@kanuga.org

For more information regarding program content or scholarships, please contact Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain Richmond Jones at  828-692-9136, ext. 2745, or rjones@kanuga.org.