13.4 Youth Conference
Young men and young women ages 14 to 18 are invited to participate together in an activity or series of activities called youth conference. Youth conferences are usually held once each year on a ward or stake level. They may also be held on a multistake or area level.
The purposes of youth conferences are to help youth build faith in Jesus Christ, strengthen their testimonies, develop talents, make new friends, and have fun with youth who share similar beliefs and standards. Youth can also learn leadership skills as they assist in planning youth conferences.
Ward youth conferences are planned and carried out by the bishopric youth committee, under the direction of the bishopric. The bishopric obtains the stake presidency’s approval of plans for a ward youth conference.
Stake youth conferences are planned and carried out by the stake Aaronic Priesthood–Young Women committee, under the direction of the stake presidency. Youth should be invited to assist the committee as much as possible in planning stake youth conferences. The stake presidency may invite youth to attend the committee’s meetings as needed.
Youth conferences are to be funded from the stake or ward budget. Members should not be asked to pay for youth conferences.
As leaders and youth plan a youth conference, they should observe the policies in this chapter and the following guidelines:
Members of the bishopric or stake presidency are invited to attend as much of the conference as possible. Young Men and Young Women presidencies are encouraged to attend the entire conference.