Empowering youth to connect with Christ and each other

June 19-23, 2022 (T)
Planning is in progress; please stay tuned!


Youth Week is the summer event for Kanuga Empowered Youth (KEY) conferences. As one of the longest-running events for youth ministry in the United States, Kanuga 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 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

Experience the inspiration of Kanuga Youth Week.
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Two Tracks

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

Junior Young People (JYP)
Rising Grades 7–9

Senior Young People (SYP)
Rising Grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates


Andrew Tobias, SYP Coordinator

Andrew has been a lifelong Youth Week attendee. First experiencing Kanuga as a young child playing at the Baker Building, while his mother was attending Adults Who Work With Youth to attending JYP and SYP and serving on staff for both Winterlight and SYP ever since he was able, Andrew has a deep love for Kanuga and the mission of Youth Week. Andrew feels blessed to serve as SYP co-coordinator with a long-time friend, Tabi. Even though they do not have a blood relation, they feel like siblings. To be given the opportunity to create the same loving, welcoming, and fun environment he received as a KEY Conference participant is Andrew’s greatest honor. The feeling of radical hospitality, inclusion, faith, sincerity, and of course, the silliness that Youth Week fosters is carried with him every day. Andrew’s education is in Interior Architecture and Design but currently works as a Workplace Strategy Manager for a large company in Jacksonville, FL.

Tabitha Tobiassen, SYP Coordinator

It’s been 20 years since Tabi was welcomed in to the Kanuga and KEY Conference community. Overjoyed to be paired with co-coordinator and Kanuga Best Friend Andrew Tobias, Tabi is looking forward to building on the community she has had the pleasure of being apart of for so long. Currently the Director of Children and Youth Ministries ya St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA and a long time staffer for KEY Conferences Tabi is looking forward to making this SYP another for the record books. Her true passion is engaging with youth and helping them see how incredible each and every one of them are. Before she was taking youth from her EYC to beautiful Hendersonville she was sharing the Kanuga magic by inviting her brother and sisters in to the community. Serving this community in this way is Tabi’s biggest blessing. She could never give back to this community everything it has given her but is honored to be able to share everything it has taught her with future generation of youth.

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.

Help Sustain Kanuga’s Youth Conferences

Please help us to provide the highest quality conference possible through your donation today. To make a gift online, please go to: https://www.kanuga.org/giving/ and choose your gift amount. Select “other” in the drop-down box, and write “KEY” in the comments field. OR send a check made out to Kanuga, putting “KEY” in the “about” line.
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Hendersonville, NC 28739

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