From the 2010 SCA Census of the membership one of the key questions was about declining membership - when asked this question the fourth most cited reason was that families were finding it difficult to attend events with children, and that there was nothing for the children to do.
The Youth and Family Achievement Program (YAFA) is the SCA Inc.'s response to the Survey results. A team was pulled together to create the YAFA program and since June 2012 they have been working diligently on providing a solution and program for SCA families to use.
The vision for the YAFA program is to encourage active participation by families with children and teens in the study of a variety of medieval subjects and activities, sharing their experiences and accomplishments with others, and create ownership and investment in the Society. The goal is to have an energetic society of honorable citizens developed from within. This program will guide and encourage young people and their families in seeking opportunities for involvement in the SCA.
YAFA's mission is to create opportunities for youth-protected activities and achievements designed to retain and support participants and their families through education while respecting, protecting, and fostering the cultural climate of individual Kingdoms. The YAFA Program is based in a foundation of chivalry, the arts, and service to help encourage values important to the Society. Those youth participants completing their individually chosen areas of study will be eligible to wear tokens of achievement.
The goal is to make the program available to all SCA Kingdoms before the Summer of 2014 so the Society encourages you to read the link below on important FAQ's and please let us know if you have any additional questions.
The YAFA team can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.