Skip to main content

Especially for Youth records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1025

Scope and Contents

Contains promotional brochures, program agendas, handbooks, faculty information sheets, statistical reports (1995-2001), department meeting minutes (2002-2004), historical records including enrollment history, program catalogs, flyers, course details and counselor application packets, and other information related to the Especially for Youth program, 1976-1986, 1995-2012.


  • 1976-1986
  • 1995-2012


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Administrative History

Especially for Youth (EFY) (1976- ) is a program offered by Church Education System (CES) Youth and Family Programs that contains spiritual and recreational activities for youth ages 14-18.

Especially for Youth (EFY) was established in 1976 by Ronald C. Hills. Enrollment at the first EFY session was 172. However, 30 years later EFY now has attendance at over 50,000 youth. It is a program offered by Church Education System (CES) Youth and Family Programs. EFY is a well-known, carefully balanced program of classes and activities for 14-18 year old youth. It provides a unique opportunity for youth to develop lasting friendships, grow spiritually, and gain self-confidence in a caring, trusting, and accepting setting. Activities at Especially for Youth have been designed according to the needs of specific age groups. EFY generally includes classes, counselor workshops, devotionals, dances, recreational activities, and a unique service opportunity.

Administrative History

The Division of Continuing Education was designed in 1964 as a way to provide educational programs and services to adults who are unable to complete regular daytime study.

Adult Education and Extension Services was renamed in 1964 and became the Division of Continuing Education. The following individuals served as Dean of the Division of Continuing Education: Harold Glen Clark (1964-1973), Stanley A. Peterson (1973-1978), William R. Siddoway (1978-1986), Richard C. Eddy (1986-2009), and Wayne J. Lott (2009- ).

The Division of Continuing Education is designed to provide educational programs and services of the regular University day school to adults who do not have opportunities for daytime study. The division services range from off-campus programs, lectures, correspondence study, and community services—both through the off-campus centers and extended programs in wide geographic areas—to formal on-campus classroom offerings, both credit and noncredit, extended and short-term in nature.

Departments within the Division of Continuing Education include the Bachelor of General Studies, Religious Enrichment, EFY Programs, Conferences and Workships, Evening Classes, Independent Study, and the Salt Lake Center.

Administrative History

The Church Educational System (est. 1970) is an educational program for students and adults in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Church Educational System (CES) was formed in 1970 in a reorganization of the earlier Unified Church School System. The system included primary and secondary educational institutions operated by the Church, including seminaries and institutes of religion. The system is administered by the Commissioner of Church Education, and operates under the direction of the Board of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Commissioners of Church Education have included Neal A. Maxwell (1970-1976), Jeffrey R. Holland (1976-1980), Henry B. Eyring (1980-1986), J. Elliot Cameron (1986-1989), Henry B. Eyring (1992-2004), W. Rolfe Kerr (2005-2008), and Paul V. Johnson (2008- ).


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Initial installment donated by John Bytheway in 2003. Additional materials transferred by Records Management between 2011 and 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John Bytheway; 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; January 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred; Records Management; October 2014.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; September 2003.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; April 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Erin Owens; October 2014.

  • Collection of health counselor reports and permission forms for medical treatment given to minors during their time at EFY.
Register of Especially for Youth records
J. Gordon Daines III
2003 September
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • 2011 April: Revised by Elizabeth West. Addendum of one carton added to the collection.
  • 2014 October 13: Addendum added; Erin Owens.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US