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

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June 20-25, 2021
Experience the inspiration of Kanuga’s Youth Week gathering this summer!
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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.

Faithfully and Wonderfully Made

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” Psalm 139

God has created us with a purpose and special gifts. Even with all our flaws- God can mold us into the perfect vessel as the potter molds the clay. Through this theme we want to celebrate participants and remind them that they are created for a purpose and loved. We would like the theme to center around creativity, uniqueness and the gifts that we have all been given.

JYP Staff Application


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

We will Sustain

“I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” – Isaiah 46:4

In today’s world, we hear about sustainability all the time. While environmental sustainability is vitally important, how often do we confront other types of sustainment? As Kanuga’s longest-running conference, SYP and Youth Week has been continually sustained since 1928. In 2020, our participants will continue to examine how sustainability applies to ourselves, our relationships, our faith, and our world. Strengthening and supporting our SYP community, along with the other KEY Conferences, through fun, meaningful exploration will preserve a legacy of empowerment for youth.

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 2020, 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.


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.

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.

For more information regarding program content or scholarships, please contact Executive VP for Mission, Jimmy Haden, at jhaden@kanuga.org.