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