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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
Egypt Jam, October 19-26, 2018, Fayoum, Egypt – This 5th annual Jam will bring together diverse change-makers, ages 20-40, from varying religious, ethnic, economic, geographic, national and professional backgrounds from around Egypt. It will be organized and facilitated by a team of alumni of past Egypt Jam
Middle East Youth Leadership Jam
Middle East Youth Leadership Jam, November 2-9, 2018, Amman and Wadi Rum, Jordan – The 10th annual event brings together diverse young leaders from around the region, who are committed to hope, possibility, justice and peace for all peoples in the region. It is co-organized and facilitated by a diverse group of Middle East Jam alumni.
Mexico Jam, November 13-18, 2018, Malinalco, Mexico – A first-ever Jam for Mexico-based visionaries, artists, social entrepreneurs, innovators, dreamers, creators, activists, organizers and more, for connecting, healing, transforming and visioning the present and future together.
Asian & Pacific Islander Jam
Asian & Pacific Islander Jam, December 2-7, 2018, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA – Join in a first-ever Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Jam, which brings together 25-30 change-makers from the diverse Asian + Pacific Islander community landscape. Together, we will create a supportive space to explore our connection to ancestry, our roles in and relationships to social justice movements, and what it takes to heal our relationships with one another as peoples of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent who have some intersection with North America.
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!