Youth and Family Achievement (YAFA) Program!

http://yafa.sca.org/

Welcome to the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Youth and Family Achievement Program, also known as YAFA. This program was developed to be easy for parents to use and local groups to administer, and designed to meet the changing needs and desires of our members with families.  Participation is open to families with at least one current paid member and children ages five to seventeen years old. YAFA is optional at all levels. Kingdoms are free to implement and use the YAFA program, or not, as suits the needs of their families. Many kingdoms have expressed interest in using YAFA alongside, or integrating it into, their existing Page Guilds and other youth programs.  By providing a common Society-wide system of activities in the arts and sciences with goals, along with administrative and training systems for participating youths, parents, and Mentors, we believe the SCA can  more fully integrate youth and their families; maintaining and extending their participation. YAFA will aid in the development of the next generation of artisans and craftsmen of the Society. It is not designed to replace existing programs, but to support and supplement them.

Page Program

The’s a new program for the youth of Caid.  From the website…

Through fun, adventure, and challenge, we strive to help our youth become confident, resourceful, generous, and responsible persons who can be counted on to do their best even in difficult situations. We encourage them to develop special skills and knowledge related to the Middle Ages, to learn about their family heritage and the heritage of others, to develop their own persona, to be of service to others, and to learn the arcane ways of SCA Peers and the governing system of the SCA. We also encourage our youth to respect themselves enough that they strive to be as physically and mentally fit as possible through healthful living and the development of good judgment and sound decision-making skills.

Learn more at http://youth.sca-caid.org/pageschool.php

Database of Surnames

Need to pick a name?  The ‘Family Names of the United Kingdom Project’ has 320,000 surnames in use in Britain going back to the 11th century.

http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/bristolcentreforlinguistics/fanuk.aspx

From the article…

The study has a wide focus, including not only names of English and Scots origin but also names of Irish, Gaelic, Welsh, and Cornish origin as well as Huguenot and Jewish. Special procedures are being developed for studying recent immigrant names (i.e. those appearing after 1881) such as Indian, Chinese and a range of Muslim names, with the cooperation of overseas consultants.

Using published and unpublished resources dating from the 11th century onwards, a team of researchers with expertise in historical linguistics and onomastics are collecting information about individual names such as when and where they were recorded and how they have been spelled. This information is being used to give new and detailed explanations of those names, adding knowledge which will be far more reliable and up to date than that found in the books on surnames currently available.

Check it out, you might be inspired.