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Get tips on out how to train your Young Women Class Presidency. Includes information on class symbols, etc.
The Class Presidency
A class presidency is normally called for each Young Women class. In a ward or branch with few young women, one presidency may be called for the combined age-groups until the young women are able to be organized into their respective classes.
Class presidencies have the following responsibilities:
They watch over and fellowship class members, especially those who are new members or less active and those who have disabilities or other special needs. They pray for them, spend time with them, and become genuine friends.
They help class members establish close friendships, learn leadership skills, and live the gospel.
They help each young woman know that she is welcome when she becomes a member of their class.
They support class members’ efforts in the Personal Progress program.
They hold regular class presidency meetings.
They conduct the Sunday meetings for their classes.
They help plan activities, including Mutual.
The class presidents serve on the bishopric youth committee (see Church Handbook of Instructions 18.2.9).
Young Women Class Secretaries
Class secretaries have the following responsibilities:
They compile and review attendance information and submit it to the Young Women secretary.
They consult with the class presidency to prepare agendas for presidency meetings. They attend these meetings, take notes, and keep track of assignments.
They may help class presidencies and Young Women leaders plan activities.
An important part of a young woman's preparation for adulthood is the development of leadership skills and qualities. Today's young women are the mothers and Church leaders of tomorrow. Leaders should take every opportunity to give youth leadership experiences.
Young Women leaders have a particular responsibility to teach leadership skills to class presidencies. These skills can be taught in presidency meetings. The following leadership principles should be taught to youth:
Follow the Savior's example.
Develop the character traits of a leader, including:
Meaghann Y. shared this document that she created for her Beehive class presidencies. She says, "This is a copy of the binder that I put together for each member of my Beehive presidency. It could be easily altered for any other class presidencies as well."
It has several pages of leadership instructions and, my favorite, a clear list of presidency responsibilities.
My daughter is Beehive class president and she wanted to make something for her class presidency (and the 2nd Counselor in the ward YW Presidency) to help them remember the year. She decided that she wanted to do Christmas ornaments, but these would also make cute decorations for other activities and events, or could be gifts for other occaisions (you don't have to add the hook & ribbon)
A new requirement for New Beginnings program is "a presentation of the Young Women theme, logo, motto, and age-group purpose statements and symbols". Now the YW logo, theme, and motto are easy, but the age-group purpose statements and symbols are new -- at least for me.
Please also note that in 2010 the class "The [purpose] statements on the Young Women Theme Card regarding the age-groups Beehive, Mia Maid, and Laurel replace the mottos and statements in the Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2." (YW Questions and Answers, January 27, 2010)
I created these binder label sets for our class presidency binders. There's a set for each of the three classes: Beehive, Mia Maid, and Laurel, and they feature the new class symbols from the 2010 handbook.
I printed these on 8.5 x 11 inch sticker paper from Avery (product number 48165, Laser/Inkjet), and then I cut them apart with a paper cutter. Each sheet makes:
- Four 3/4 inch binder spine labels
- Four 4 x 4.25 inch binder front labels
Hello! I am the first Counselor in the YW Presidency in Thompson Station, Tn ward. Shortly after I received this calling, a new Mia Maid class presidency was called. I saw this as a great opportunity to train a new presidency so I started searching for effective ways to train them in their respective callings. So I went to the Church website and gathered the pertinent information, however I saw a gap which I filled by adding a worksheet at the bottom of each page. My end product was all the information on training YW plus the added benefit of a "hands on" approach...a worksheet.
Resources available to help parents and leaders teach young men and young women leadership
principles are "Gospel Teaching and Leadership," section 16 of the Church Handbook of Instructions,
Book 2: Priesthood and Auxiliary Leaders, and the Priesthood and Auxiliary Leaders' Guidebook.