Current Jams & Programs
October 2016 – September 2017
New Jams and programs are being added all the time; information and applications are updated, so check back often! Much thanks to The Global Youth Leadership Collaborative for laying the foundation for so many of these programs.
Upcoming Jams and other integrated events include:
Queer/LGBTQ* Jam, March 10-16, 2017, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – This Jam brings together change-makers from around and across the LGBTQ* spectrum for collective visioning, interpersonal healing and understanding, and self-transformation.
HOME (Healing Our Movement Ecosystem) – An Environmental Movement Jam – March 28 to April 2, 2017, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – Change-makers from the intersecting environmental, ecology and environmental justice movements will gather for a jam. Grassroots leaders, conservationists, indigenous peoples, alternative builders, eco-justice warriors, scientists, and policy advocates, and more, will explore their stories, learnings, struggles and hopes, to find ways to amplify vision, balance, well-being, connectivity and collective effectiveness within this vital movement. Core partners: Ashoka Finley, Colin O'Brien, Jodi Lasseter, Lazzuly Mello, Kyle Lemle.
Evolving + Emerging Economies Jam, April 11-16, 2017, San Francisco Bay Area, CA – Diverse visionaries and entrepreneurs committed to a just and regenerative world will gather to transform themselves, their relationships, and the economic system via impact investing, social entrepreneurship, community currency, worker-owned business, new metrics, collaborative consumption, gift cultures, and more.
India Youth Jam, April 13-20, 2017, Himachal Pradesh, India – The 6th annual Jam will unite social changemakers from around the subcontinent for self-awareness, community-building and systemic visioning. Core partners: Sukhmani Kohli, Shruti Tharayil, Vartika Poddar, Roy Jacob, and Saud Hakim.
NYC Leadership Jam, April 27-30, 2017, Millerton, New York, USA – Join the first ever NYC Jam gathering diverse and intergenerational changemakers from the New York City Metro area to co-create a safer space for truth telling, healing, compassion, and understanding. Commit to collective visioning, liberation, and transformation at all levels.
Toronto/GTA Leadership Jam, June 14-18, 2017, 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, Adeline Cohen.
Arts for Social Change / ARTivist Jam, July 2-7, 2017, Santa Cruz, 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 5th annual Jam focuses on mutual support, interconnection, collaboration, visioning, and lifting up the essential contributions of artists in social transformation.
Law and Social Change Jam, July 25-30, 2017, Millerton, NY, USA – This 3rd annual Jam will bring 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: Chris Tittle, Parag Khandhar, Judi Cohen, Jeff Carolin.
Southern Leadership Jam, August 4-9, 2017, Highlander Center, Knoxville, TN, USA – Diverse and intergenerational changemakers from the US South will gather for this 5th annual Jam to co-create a safe space for truth telling, healing, compassion, and understanding. They will envision 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: Jayanni Webster, Fight for $15; Ekua Adisa and Ashley Cooper, Mycelium; Jovan Julien, Project South; Hannah Sadtler; Malika Sanders-Fortier, Grassroots Democracy; Jessica Norwood, Emerging Changemakers Network.
North America Leadership Jam, September 10-17, 2017, Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA – YES!'s longest-running program, which has helped to birth so many Jams around the country and has been happening for the last 12 years. Diverse multigenerational leaders from around North America commited to co-creating a shared vision, finding common points of collaboration, healing historic divides, and exploring the self.
Egypt Youth Leadership Jam, October 12-17, 2017, Fayoum, Egypt – This fourth annual Jam will engage 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, October 14-21, 2016, Amman and Wadi Rum, Jordan – The 9th annual event brought together 18 diverse young leaders from around the region, who are committed to hope, possibility, justice and peace for all peoples in the region.
Latin America Indigenous Funders Conference, October 24-27, 2016, Lima, Peru – YES! was honored to collaborate with the International Funders for Indigenous Philanthropy (IFIP) on this ground-breaking conference to serve front-line and grassroots indigenous communities in Latin America.
Coherence Lab mini-Jam, November 3-6, 2016, Lihue, Kaua'i, Hawai'i, USA – YES! partnered with Coherence Lab, in order to support several Kaua'i based leaders to strengthen their connections and ties and support growing movements among ecological and youth organizations on the island.
Oakland Peace Center Jam, November 10-13, 2016, Oakland, California, USA – Several Jam alumni and YES!, who are Oakland Peace Center members, co-organized a local jam for the collective, in order to strengthen relationships and shared efforts towards peace, social justice, and a positive futures for Oakland.
India Jamily Reunion, November 17-21, 2016, Goa, India – 13 alumni from the five India Youth Jams gathered for a reunion to build collaborations across Jam communities, share integration strategies of bringing the Jam to daily life, explore the future of new Jams in India, and of course, practice the fine art of hanging out!
India Arts for Social Change Jam, November 29 to December 4, 2016, Panchgani, Maharashtra, India – The first-ever Arts for Social Change Jam in India! The Jam brought together 20 artists from around the country — dancers, musicians, storytellers, filmmakers, photographers, visual artists, and more — to strengthen and deepen arts offerings towards building a thriving, just and regenerative world for all. It was organized by a group of alumni from the India Youth Leadership Jam and Arts for Social Change Jam.
Pakistan Youth Leadership Jam – January 26- 31, 2017, Karachi, Pakistan – 3rd annual event! 23 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, came together to grow in self, healed divisions, created support for each other, and visioned a positive future for their families, communities and land.
Habib University Learning Exchanges – February 2-4, 2017, Karachi, Pakistan – YES! facilitated transformative co-learning experiences for Habib University staff and students.
In the works….
Delhi/NCR (National Capitol Region) Jam, New Delhi, India – 2016 – Alumni of the India Youth Jam are organizing this first-ever localized program, to bring together diverse changemakers from around Delhi. The hope is to sow the seeds of connection, collaboration and a shared vision for Delhi's future. Core partners: Aditya Gupta, Sukhmani Kohli, Rashee Mehra, and Saud Hakim.
Northeast Jam – Intergenerational change-makers from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island will gather to vision the region afresh, build community, create space for inner transformation, and heal across divides.
Anatolia Youth Leadership Jam, Turkey – This 7th annual Jam will unite 30 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: Aysegul Guzel/Zumbara, Hanzade Germiyanoglu, Esra Debeli, Asil Dugan, Burak Dindaroglu, Argin Kubin.
Education Transformation Jam – Intergenerational and dynamic change-makers in the field of education came together to (re)weave an oft-divided education transformation fabric. Co-organizing partners: The Field Academy and Schools without Borders.
Anatolia Arts for Social Change Jam, Turkey – The second annual Arts for Social Change Jam in Turkey! Bringing together artists from around the country — dancers, musicians, storytellers, filmmakers, photographers, visual artists, and more — to strengthen and deepen arts offerings towards building a thriving, just and regenerative world for all. Organized by a group of alumni from the Anatolia Youth Leadership Jam and Arts for Social Change Jam.
Nova Scotia Gaels Jam, Nova Scotia, Canada – This Jam brings together intergenerational Gaelic language and culture creatives from around Cape Breton and Nova Scotia to create a welcoming, supportive and INSPIRING community. Participants build bridges across divides and evoke a dynamic vision for the present and future of Gaelic language and culture. Core partners: Amber Buchanan, Shay MacMullin and Tad Hargrave.
Morocco Jam, Morocco – This 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.
Hebrew Leadership Jam, Spring TBD 2015, Ramat Hanegev Desert, Israel – This first-ever Jam will will engage 30 diverse change-makers, ages 20-35 from varying religious, ethnic, economic, geographic, national and professional backgrounds. The Jam will take place in Hebrew as a shared language and practical way to engage a diversity of peoples. It is being organized and facilitated by a team of alumni of the Middle East Jam.
Proyecto Pais: An innovative series of workshops to support healing, connections and the regeneration/ revitalization of individuals and communities in Puerto Rico.
Sweden/Scandanavian Jam, Sweden – Bringing together a diverse group of youth leaders of many nationalities and religions from around Sweden/Scandanavia, who are seeking social change, healing, and integration into connected community. Core partners: Ibrahim El-Ali and Frederik Jonsby.
Food Movement Jam: Connecting the dots among all the diverse strands of the movement for food systems change in the US, from food sovereignty, to community supported agriculture, from farmworker rights to rural family farms and new farmers, from food justice to campus foodworkers.
Children's Jam, Mali or Bolivia – Focused on bringing a world community of children and parents, who will collectively generate stories, games, and other materials that reflect values of love, compassion, truth, justice, and diversity. Watch Coumba Toure and Valentina Campos, the co-convenors, talk about it below: