Young People's Institute

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Young People's Institute, a retreat of two to four days for young people 16-25 years of age, for worship, instruction, discussion, inspiration, and recreation, held in churches, schools, or retreat grounds, usually during the summer vacation, in the Mennonite Church (MC). The first institute was held on the campus of Goshen College in 1927, sponsored by the Young People's Problems Committee. In 1930 the YPPC sponsored three institutes, one at Scottdale, Pennsylvania, one at Goshen, Indiana, and one at Kitchener, Ontario, then turned the movement over to district conferences and local institutions such as colleges. The movement soon was widely accepted and for years large institutes were held annually at Hesston, Goshen, and Eastern Mennonite College, as well as in other locations east and west. In 1936 the first 12-day institute was held at Arbutus Park, near Johnstown, PA, which later developed into the Laurelville YPI near Mt. Pleasant, PA, in 1943. By 1955 the movement had pretty well run its course, but it had been of great value to thousands of young people.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1009. All rights reserved.

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