Developed over 24 years of experience with YES! camps and Jams, “Connecting, Inspiring & Collaborating with Changemakers” is full of over 200 practices, tools, games and resources to support changemakers at all levels to bring forth thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all. It also has an extensive organizing compendium. View the entire book in Google Drive for free! We would love to receive your feedback on the activities you use. Or if you prefer, write to email@example.com for a PDF (available for a suggested donation of $17 – check out a sneak peek here) or a hard copy (available for a suggested donation of $25).
YES! serves as a social-profit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers to join forces for thriving, just and regenerative ways of life for all.
Those who come…come hoping to find their next growing edge…they are often pushing the envelopes around power and privilege and their relationships to these issues….they are trying to connect the dots of various movements and issues, hoping to attain greater clarity and engagement in their work, while living more full and balanced lives…to put it simply, a Jam embodies two core principles: uncompromised truth and unconditional love. A Jam is, above all, a place to be real, to take off masks, to speak one’s truth, and to be fully oneself. Simultaneously, a Jam is a highly appreciative space, where compliments and love are given freely and received with dignity and gratitude, and where the intention is towards healing, learning and growing honest, healthy relationships.Shilpa Jain & Tad Hargrave
Upcoming Jams | Click HERE to Apply or Get Info!
Arts for Social Change Jam
Arts for Social Change / ARTivist Jam, June 18-23, 2018, Santa Cruz mountains, California, USA – Musicians, visual artists, dramatists, dancers, graphic recorders, spoken word poets, and more, will join together in cross-pollinating and linking up the vital ARTivist movement! This 6th annual Jam will focus on mutual support, interconnection, collaboration, visioning, and lifting up the essential contributions of artists in social transformation. Invitation and application coming soon.
Law and Social Change Jam
Law and Social Change Jam, July 25-29, 2018, Ukiah, California, USA – This 4th annual Jam brings together diverse lawyers and law practitioners, who are vital to co-creating a better world, in environment, human rights, criminal justice, land rights, immigration, alternative economies, and more, and who want to heal and deepen their connections on personal, interpersonal and systemic levels. Core partners: Susan Brooks, Kim Clark, Chris Tittle, Parag Khandhar, Judi Cohen, Jeff Carolin.
Wellness and Healing Justice Jam
Wellness and Healing Justice Jam, August 22-26, 2018, Farm of Peace, Warsfordsburg, Pennsylvania, USA – A first-ever Jam to bring together social workers, therapists, counselors, and many other wellness and healing artists, to dive into deeper self-awareness, community collaborations, healing across the fields of work, and moving the dial on what is possible in the field overall. Core partners: Minna Kim, Sky Yardeni, Sarah Beth Grove, Roan Coughtry, Chetna Mehta, Natasha Jeswani, Anna Hirsch, Beatriz Martinez.
North America Leadership Jam
North America Leadership Jam, September 9-16, 2018, Santa Cruz mountains, California, USA – YES!’s longest-running program, which has helped to birth so many Jams around the country and has been happening for the last 15 years. Diverse multigenerational leaders from around North America will gather for co-creating a shared vision, finding common points of collaboration, healing historic divides, and exploring the self.
Toronto Jam, September 22-25, 2018, Mansfield, Ontario, Canada – This 4th annual Jam in the greater Toronto area will bring together diverse change-makers to connect, vision, build bridges, and learn together, in order to strengthen the dynamic movements happening in and around the city. Core partners: Brigid Tierney, Rehana Tejpar, Karen BK Chan, Jeff Carolin, and Francesca Allodi-Ross.
Southern Leadership Jam
Southern Leadership Jam, October 3-8, 2018, Feliciana, Louisiana, USA – Diverse, intergenerational change-makers from the US South will gather for this 6th annual Jam to co-create a safe space for truth telling, healing, compassion, and understanding. They re-envisioned the New Normal and how to get there from the current context of erosion of voter rights, discrimination, and unjust policies facing the US South today. Core partners: Ekua Adisa and Ashley Cooper, Mycelium; Jovan Julien, Project South; Hannah Sadtler; Rhiana Anthony, Movement for Black Lives; John Paul Taylor, Real Life Poets; Kate Morales.
Join a Global Community of Changemakers!
YES! connects, inspires and collaborates with change-makers to build thriving, just and balanced ways of life for all. We primarily work with people ages 18-35, but are increasingly also working intergenerationally as well. We believe that life is precious and magnificent, and that we were put on this Earth for more than mere survival. We all have the birthright to love, to prosper, to grow, and to learn ever more what it means to be who we are. Join us!