The YAFA program has specific aims:
Ø increased SCA participation by and retention of families and youth (i.e. minors under the age of 18 or 19, depending upon the jurisdiction in which they live)
Ø positive development of youth based upon chivalric ideals and building social responsibility and connections
Ø increased levels of knowledge of members and their families in areas of medieval studies
Ø developing the next generation of artisans and craftsmen of the society
● Courage – Strength of heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult and to graciously accept that these projects require dedication.
● Justice – Fairness and balance in all activities.
● Honor - A code of conduct holding oneself to the highest standards of behavior.
● Temperance - Moderation in all things, including thoughts or actions as we deal with others.
● Faith - In our Society, faith means trust and integrity; one is always faithful to a promise made, no matter how big or small it may be.
● Fortitude - The importance of holding onto the noble virtues at all times, even when things become difficult.
● Prudence - The desire to obtain wisdom and the diligence to learn from others.
● Charity – Sharing what is valuable in life including material goods, time, attention, wisdom and energy, i.e. the things that create a strong, rich and diverse community.
● Hope - A positive outlook and cheerful demeanor even in the face of difficulties
Service to the Society – The YAFA program encourages involvement in and participation at SCA events. It is at these events that youth can find positive social interaction, be involved in service to the Society and their local branch and may be recognized for the completion of their achievements. At these events, the skills and activities practiced at home come alive with purpose before the populace.
Achievement with recognition – The YAFA program provides a series of challenges for youths to accomplish through a step – by - step process. Each youth plans their activities and progresses at their own pace as they meet the achievement requirements. The youth is recognized for each achievement, which helps gain self-confidence. The steps in this process of the YAFA program help youths grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others, while gaining understanding of the Medieval time period.
Develop leadership - Through fun, adventure, socialization, and challenge, participants will become more confident, resourceful, and responsible persons who can be counted on to do their best even in difficult situations. The YAFA program encourages development of organizational and leadership skills based on the noble virtues, providing youth members an understanding of good judgment, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.