Youth Empowerment and Spirituality 2023

August 6 - August 13

Having been around in many forms for many years, YES (short for Youth Empowerment and Spirituality) is a youth and young-adult conference for anyone ages 16-22. Our goals are simple: to help our conferees empower themselves, grow together, make lasting connections within the community, and explore spirituality in our own ways. Through a week of activities, theme dinners, late night talks, and good vibes, the YES conference wants to allow young people to find their own feet, all while having a good time in the sun. 

The YES conference is for youth and young adults ages 16 to 22! While our workshop and activity lineup changes year to year, we always dress up for theme dinners, play softball against the Pels, and hang out together. 

Minister of the Week

Rev. Dave Scheuneman 

Program Fee

$85 per person

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Adults (18+) 

Standard Shared: $1,169 | Standard Single: $1,590

Motel Shared: $1,439 | Motel Single: $2,112 


12-17 years: $774 

Financial Aid

We have multiple financial aid options for our conferees. The YES Conference has an application that we share with the Star Island Corporation, so that conferees may receive aid from either the SIC or YES! We also have a separate, dedicated fund for POC shoalers as well.

Boat Schedule

August 6: Depart Portsmouth at 2:20 PM, arrive to Star Island at 3:30 PM

August 13: Depart Star Island at 8:50 AM, arrive in Portsmouth at 10:15 AM


To contact the conference chairs, email For registration and financial aid questions please email the registrar at