SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced on Friday yet another change to its youth program.
According to a press release, the Church plans to expand its youth conference program for Latter-day Saint youth throughout the world.
“The international For the Strength of Youth (FSY) program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been operating outside the United States for more than a decade under the direction of area presidencies and area leaders,” the release reads.
In the press release, the Church reported that Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles plans to speak about the change during an upcoming Face-to-Face broadcast that’s scheduled for November 17.
It reported that next year, young men and young women from various selected stakes in the United States and Canada will experience the FSY program. The Church reports that the new program has been created to help youth build their relationship and faith with Jesus Christ.
“Congregations selected to participate in the expanded program next year are being asked to not schedule any other youth conference or trek experiences.
The Church will sponsor FSY conferences in all stakes in the U.S. and Canada every other year,” reported the Church. “The FSY conferences will include more than 200 sessions each year, starting in 2021 and 2022. Young, single adults will have an opportunity to volunteer as FSY counselors.”
Young people turning 14 years of age at the beginning of each year will be eligible to participate in the youth conferences. Plans call for them to continue doing so until they graduate from high school.
“Youth participating in the FSY program will experience activities, devotionals, and classes designed to provide opportunities to grow spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually,” said the Church.
In the press release, the Church reports the FSY conferences are based on the traditional Especially For Youth (EFY) model that the Church and its Brigham Young University have operated for four decades.
Plans call to have BYU provide administrative support and training for wards and branches participating in the expanded program. EFY’s Special Edition and Express sessions will not be affected. Plans call to have congregations outside the United States and Canada to continue scheduling and holding FSY conferences as they have in the past.
For more information on the changes, visit https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/church-expands-global-youth-conference-program.