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BEHAVIOR & SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR YOUTH CONFERENCES

Everyone of appropriate age is welcome in this community, which emphasizes respect, integrity, and mutual responsibility.  Adults who work or volunteer in the program will follow the same behavior guidelines.

It is expected that those attending conferences come to be fully part of the group.
It is up to everyone to do everything they can to care positively for themselves, for the group and for Powell House while they are here.

Our deep love and concern for one another is what makes Powell House a wonderful place.

If you’re not sure if you should do something, ask yourself:

1. Does it nurture myself?

 2. Does it nurture the group?

3. Does it nurture the Powell House Program?

 If the answer is “no” or “maybe” to any of the questions, please don’t do it.  Check with a JC or facilitator on the "maybe."

 Your staying healthy and staying whole is important to us so:

Caring for the Powell House property is a big part of our community here so:

 Rhythm in a group is important.  There are times when we need to be active and together.  There are times when being quiet and alone opens different connections with the Spirit and with others.  Sleep is important.  The conference agenda includes session time for games and discussions.  There is free time for finding your own way into the group.   Self- space is a silent free time for individual homework, rest, or reflection. Quiet time is when attenders share back rubs and listen to stories in the common room right before bedtime.

 Bedtime until morning wake-up is when Chris and Mike get a break.   It’s also when you refuel for the next day.  Youth who wish to come to conferences must stay in their rooms and be quiet during this time.

 If you have questions or concerns about any of these rules or guidelines, please call us at 518-794-8811 x13 before attending a youth conference.

Peace and Joy and Friendship,
Chris DeRoller and Mike Clark, Youth Directors

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