Am I Leading or Being Led?


There is no gathering in Friends education more significant than the annual Quaker Youth Leadership Conference. I have attended five of the thirteen conferences and each time I have been nourished by the spirit of community that is formed by student and faculty leaders from Friends schools far and wide. Student committees with faculty support, organize and run the three day event.


Each year has a unique theme. This year's was, "How do you let your life speak?" The event plan includes, a keynote speaker, daily meeting for worship, a community service component, workshops, meals and time to make friends and bond.


At past QYLC's I have been a chaperon and workshop presenter. This year it was my privilege to be selected as the keynote speaker. I was given the charge to talk about the spiritual aspects of my work as teacher and founder/director of the Bridge Film Festival. The event organizers including George School student co-clerks, Caitlin Brimmer and Emma James, and faculty advisor Tom Hoopes couldn't have been more gracious hosts. George school performing arts teacher, Scott Hoskins, did double duty by introducing me and running tech for the speech.


The audience was engaged and very kind, asking and answering relevant questions. After the speech I went over to the library where everyone was hanging out. I had numerous students come up and introduce themselves, asking questions about the speech and how they could get their schools involved in the Bridge Film Festival.


After breakfast the following day, I had the opportunity to observe Scott Hoskin's video class in action. The students were all busy editing unique and fascinating projects. Scott requires these projects to meet the BFF guidelines for entry. Scott asked me again this year if the "one entry per category" rule is still in effect because there are so many fine productions coming out of his class. Unfortunately, yes, the rule is still in effect. The BFF is trying to have as many schools participate as possible.


Included here is a link to the 9 part keynote presentation on the WBFF (Bridge Film Festival) YouTube Channel. I hope you enjoy it.





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