EPF Young Adult Initiative at GC in Past Years:
In 2006 EPF created the EPF Young Adult Presence (YAP) program. Twelve Bishops funded the project. EPF was able to provide transportation, housing and leadership.EPF’s Young Adult Presence was graced with ten incredible young adults coming from ten different dioceses across the country. They were full participants at General Convention, testifying before several committees including the Program, Budget and Finance. Based on their testimony around immigration, they were asked to write a resolution. They were full participants in the Eyes Wide Open exhibit, wrote articles for the Issues publication and were invaluable at the our booth space and the Sayre Award reception. The YAP team was Allison (Sandlin)Liles, Alex Kim, Molly Harrington, Lisa Bevevino, Kate Ketchum, Becky Zartman, Joe Johnson, Deborah Noonan, Sarah Nolan, and Joseph Shippen. Their leader was the Rev. Winnie Varghese.
In 2009 EPF’s the Young Adult Presence took on new leadership with the Rev’s Nicole Janelle and Valerie Bailey Fischer. The work of the Young Adult Initiative in the National and International Affairs Committee of General Convention became a vital force. Young Adult Presence Team included Joseph Matthews, Bradley McDonald, Catherine Healy, Michelle Harvey, Jessie (Smith) Vedanti, Anson Stewart, Nedgie Vixamar and Allison Voglesong.