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Current Jams & Programs

October 2018 – September 2019

New Jams and programs are being added all the time; information and applications are updated, so please check back often!

Many thanks to The Global Youth Leadership Collaborative for laying the foundation for so many of these programs.

Upcoming Jams and other integrated events include:

Southern Leadership JamOctober 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 19-25, 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 Jams.


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.


India Arts for Social Change Jam, November 11-17, 2018, Pune, Maharashtra, India – This 3rd annual Jam will engage diverse artist-activists from around India — dancers, theater artists, visual artists, poet, musicians, filmmakers, graphic designers, photographers, and more.   It is organized and facilitated by a team of alumni of past India Youth Jams and Arts for Social Change Jams.


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, 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.


Annual Holiday Party, December 16, 2018, Berkeley, CA – Jammers, program partners and community members from across the Bay Area (and beyond) will come together for YES!’s annual fun-, friend- and fund-raising event.


Pakistan Youth Leadership Jam – January 10-15, 2019, Karachi, Pakistan – 5th annual event! Diverse change-makers, from all parts of Pakistan and working in fields ranging from women’s empowerment to youth development to human rights and citizenship, will come together to grow in self, heal divisions, create support for each other, and vision a positive future for their families, communities and land.


Nova Scotia Gaels Jam, Nova Scotia, Canada – February 2019 – This Jam will bring intergenerational Gaelic language and culture creatives from around Cape Breton and Nova Scotia to create a welcoming, supportive and INSPIRING community.   Core partners: Amber Buchanan, Alison Etter, Heather Sparling, Joyce MacDonald, and Shay MacMullin.


HOME (Healing Our Movement Ecosystem) – An Environmental Movement Jam – May 19-24, 2019, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – Change-makers from the intersecting environmental, ecology and environmental justice movements will gather to heal the movement ecosystem at all levels. Grassroots leaders, conservationists, indigenous peoples, alternative builders, eco-justice warriors, scientists, and policy advocates, and more, will explore their stories, learnings, struggles and hopes, and find ways to amplify vision, balance, well-being, connectivity and collective effectiveness within this vital movement.  Core partners: Ashoka Finley, Elias Serras, Jodi Lasseter & North Carolina Climate Justice Summit, Rene Henery & Trout Unlimited, Anwen Baumeister & The Well/Cozy Bones Farm.


Arts for Social Change / ARTivist Jam, June 9-14, 2019, 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 7th annual Jam will focus on mutual support, interconnection, collaboration, visioning, and lifting up the essential contributions of artists in social transformation.


North America Leadership Jam, September 8-15, 2019, 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.


Some of what’s in the works….

NYC Leadership Jam, Spring 2019, New York, USA – This Jam gathers diverse and intergenerational changemakers from the New York City Metro area and co-creates a safer space for truth telling, healing, compassion, and understanding, as participants committed to collective visioning, liberation, and transformation at all levels. The Jam is organized by a diverse group of Jam alum from many different Jams.


South India Jam, Spring 2019 – Bangalore, India – South India-based changemakers gather to explore regional challenges, build bridges across divides, and deepen in inner awareness. The importance of localizing collaborations and connecting rural and urban changemakers is emphasized.  Hosted by a team of alumni from the India Youth Jam.


Delhi Youth Jam, Spring 2019, India – Several alumni of the India Youth Jam organize this localized program, to bring together diverse changemakers from around the National Capitol Region. The hope is to sow the seeds of connection, collaboration and a shared vision for Delhi’s future.


Anatolia Youth Leadership Jam, Spring 2019, Turkey – This 8th annual Jam unites social changemakers from around Turkey to focus on self-awareness and healing, ecological renewal, community connection, social entrepreneurship, health and well-being, community media and building a transformative vision and future for Turkey. Core partners: Hanzade Germiyanoglu, Asil Dugan, Burak Dindaroglu, Argin Kubin, Ayse Gokce Bor.


Morocco Jam, Morocco – Spring 2019 – This 2nd ever Jam will engage diverse change-makers, from varying religious, ethnic, economic, geographic, and professional backgrounds in Morocco. It will be organized and facilitated by a team of alumni of the Middle East Jam.


And MANY more programs coming soon!