Trinity Youth
Trinity Youth

Trinity Youth

Trinity Youth includes parishioners, students from Trinity’s School Partnerships, and youth from across NYC.

We are a community that strives to practice radical welcome – the full inclusion of all people regardless of background, beliefs, or experience. You, your voice, and your experiences are valid and valued here.


Get Involved

Trinity Youth Group

Trinity Youth Group gathers each week for coffee after the 9:15 am service on Sunday mornings and on Wednesdays to share dinner and talk about whatever’s on our minds and hearts. Youth voice is central to our programming - and we participate in programs at Trinity and around New York City in addition to going on retreats and pilgrimages each year. We explore questions of faith and the kind of lives we want to lead. Led by the Rev. Matt Welsch, Priest for Youth and Family.

During quarantine, Trinity Youth Group meets on a weekly drop-in video call hosted by Fr. Matt. RSVP for the Trinity Youth Group Drop-In Call here.

Trinity Youth Chorus

The Trinity Youth Chorus brings together talented youth ages 5 to 18 from the five boroughs of New York City. Choristers receive individual and group training in vocal technique, music theory, sight-reading, and performance skills from a group of dedicated professionals led by Melissa Attebury, Trinity Church Wall Street’s Associate Director of Music. Read more about the Trinity Youth Chorus here.


Trinity Youth Statement

Trinity Youth Advisory Call

When the George Floyd protests began, a member of Trinity Youth asked Fr. Matt, “What is the church going to say about this?” Fr. Matt replied, “You are the church. If you want the church to say something — say something!”

In response, Trinity Youth spent several weeks engaged in thoughtful conversation and deep listening. This Trinity Youth Statement, which we are honored to share with you today, is the result of that work. In it, Trinity Youth articulate a clear call to action for themselves and our community. Read the statement here.


Current Programs

Trinity Youth Advisory Call | Tuesdays, 7pm; Online

Trinity Youth Advisory Call

Join young people from across the city in a weekly Trinity Youth Advisory call to give direct advice and guidance on what resources are needed in your community. Your voice matters! To join the call, sign up here and Jennifer Chinn, Senior Program Manager, Youth Programs, will follow up with more information on call-in access.

Trinity Youth Drop-in Call | Wednesdays, 7pm; Online

Even though we can’t meet in person, Trinity Youth are still showing up for one another! The Rev. Matt Welsch is hosting a weekly drop-in call and all Trinity Youth are invited to join—whether you can stay for the whole call or just hop on for a few minutes. Please text or email Matt at MWelsch@trinitywallstreet.org for more information or to get the link so you can join the next call.

Tuesday Youth Advisory Call: Art Night | Every Third Tuesday of the month, 7pm; Online

Join Trinity Youth for free monthly art-making sessions for teens ages 13-18. Let's co-create a space to draw, doodle, connect, and listen to music. Young people will work with shared materials and create artwork to reflect what’s happening in our minds and environments with seasonal prompts. Participants will receive a full kit of dry art materials to encourage exploration and stretch our imaginations. Teens are welcome to join with or without their parents or guardians. To join the call, sign up here and Jennifer Chinn, Senior Program Manager, Youth Programs, will follow up with more information on call-in access. 


Community Partnerships

For questions regarding the following programs, email Jennifer Chinn, Senior Program Manager for Trinity Commons, Youth Programs at jchinn@trinitywallstreet.org.

Urban Word NYC: Creatively College-bound | Mondays, Sept. 14 - Nov. 23, 4:30-6:30pm

Trinity is partnering with Urban Word NYC for free workshops for youth ages 13-19 this fall. This 10-week workshop will focus on all the elements of the college application process including selecting a college, choosing a major, simplifying the financial aid and scholarship application process, and exploring ways to write an authentic college essay using poetry and hip-hop as a catalyst for writing. Click here to register

Urban Word NYC: Stay Woke—Politics and Poetry | Thursdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 2, 4:30-6:30pm

Trinity is partnering with Urban Word NYC for free workshops for youth ages 13-19 this fall. This 8-week workshop will have students explore issues facing their communities through critical analysis of poetry, music, and other art forms. In this presidential election year, workshops will speak to the issues youth believe candidates should focus on, with discussions on how policy affects their world and neighborhoods. Click here to register

SAT Prep with Follow Us to Success | Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 13–December 10, 3:30-5pm

SAT Prep

This 8-week intensive SAT Prep course open to all NYC high school students has a primary focus on math foundations of the SAT, especially algebra basics, systems of equations, and geometry basics with a secondary focus on grammar and writing as these are the most effective ways to significantly raise SAT scores. If you are looking for a supportive environment to raise your overall score up to 200 points and increase your confidence and test-taking strength, join us! This is a free program and all materials will be provided. Click here to register.

Note: there will be no classes the week of Thanksgiving.
 

Youth Mindfulness Workshops with The Lineage Project | Wednesdays, October 7–December 16, 2020, 4-5pm

Lineage ProjectTrinity is partnering with the Lineage Project to offer free classes for youth aged 13-19 that weave together movement, facilitated dialogue, and guided meditation. Each class is organized around a theme, such as “determination,” that threads the three parts together, draws out students’ inner wisdom, and fosters connection among participants. This marks the first-ever public offering by the Lineage Project for NYC youth.

Grounded in two decades’ worth of experience coupled with research on trauma and neurobiology, the Lineage Project’s model is designed to assist young people who have experienced trauma and stress in calming the amygdala (the brain’s alarm system), activating the prefrontal cortex, and building new neural connections. More simply, an understanding of how traumatic experiences impact the brain, body, and nervous system is built into the very core of Lineage’s program.

Click here to register.

#voiceyourvote Video Challenge w/ DYCD and Trinity Church Wall Street

voice your voteTrinity Church and the Department of Youth and Community Development are partnering on a video challenge for young New Yorkers, age 13-18 to promote civic engagement during the 2020 voting season. Here's how to enter:

  1. Create a #voiceyourvote video on either a key issue or policy you’d like voters to consider when they go to the polls this year OR a how-to-vote instructional video
  2. Include a direct way to engage with that issue and
  3. Upload your video on the #voiceyourvote submission form.

The contest will be open from September 17th to October 19th. The Winner will be announced on Oct 26th and will be featured in Trinity and DYCD’s civic engagement campaign through the fall of 2021. For more information, email Jennifer Chinn, Senior Program Manager for Youth Programs, Trinity Commons at jchinn@trinitywallstreet.org.

Finding Your Civic Voice | Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 4pm

Join youth activists from around the city to discuss how they found their calling in civic leadership and connect to the many ways young New Yorkers can create change locally and nationally. Curated by NYC Youth Civics Initiative and in partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, the event will include a forum with youth leaders and hands-on workshops with youth-led organizations. Let’s talk about life #beyondthevote. Click here to register. For questions, email Jennifer Chinn, Senior Program Manager for Youth Programs, Trinity Commons at jchinn@trinitywallstreet.org.

Adulting 101 | Fall 2020

Trinity is partnering with Pace University to offer free online college and career workshops for youth ages 16-24 this fall. Join us!

  • College 101 with Pace University
    October 26, November 9, November 16, November 30, December 7, December 17, January 11, January 25 | 3-5pm

    These free workshops for youth ages 16-19 will explain how to navigate the college application process, with special attention to what has changed since COVID-19. Topics include essay writing, scholarship resources, and college admissions criteria. The sessions will also introduce students and their families to accessible college prep tools offered across New York City and various higher education institutions. Participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by current Pace University undergraduate students. We strongly encourage students to participate in all classes in the series to get the full benefit of the sessions. Click here to register.

  • Career 101 with Pace University
    Thursdays: October 22, October 29, November 12, November 19, December 9, January 13 | 6-7:30pm

    These free drop-in workshops for young adults ages 20-24 will help participants build job readiness skills and explore different career paths. Young people can choose which workshops they'd like to attend, with topics spanning resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and managing professional profiles. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about returning to college as an adult and nontraditional college options. Click here to register.

For questions, email Damali Lewis, Program Assistant, Youth Programs at dlewis@trinitywallstreet.org.

Freestyle Fridays with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development | Fridays, October 30, November 20, December 18, 4-6pm

freestyle fridays

Join Trinity and the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development for a free monthly choose-your-own-online-adventure for youth ages 13-18 with community building, music, performance, and advocacy. There will be three breakout rooms for young people to explore throughout the event: mindfulness with The Lineage Project, social justice and performance with Urban Word, and music with Beat Global. The goal is to have fun, build connections, and influence future youth programming at Trinity. Click here to register.


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