(510) 922-8556 info@yesworld.org

Law and Social Change Jam 2017 Application

Note: We encourage you to cut-and-paste your answers to this application into a word doc, BEFORE you hit the submit button, as we are occasionally experiencing some technical difficulties with this contact form.  Once you have received confirmation from us that we received your application, then you can go ahead and delete the word doc. Thank you!

Important Note: Due to the small and personal nature of the event, this questionnaire is longer and more in-depth than most, because we want to get to know you better. Please share as much as you feel comfortable sharing. There is no min/max length for responses and no pressure. We only ask you to share what you feel is 'enough'. We will follow up with more questions or a phone call if we need more information.


Also, please note that all of your answers, including your name and basic info, will be kept in full confidentiality.* Only the leadership team will have access to your application. The more the team learns about you, the more informed their decision about selection can be.


* Please note that if you are accepted, your name and bio will be shared with the other participants of your Jam just prior to the event. Following the Jam, we will put this information up on our website so that you can participate in the alumni community, unless you request otherwise. More info on this is below.


NOTE FOR ALUMNI: If you attended one of the previous two Law and Social Change Jams, and would like to attend again, we have a different application process for you. Send us an email at lawandsocialchangejam@gmail.com.

Complete Name (required)


Nickname (what you prefer to be called, if different):


Your Email (required)


Organization or Organizational Affiliation (if applicable):


Website of Group (if applicable):


Street Address (required)


City (required)


State / Province (required)


Zip / Postal Code (required)


Country (required)


Home Phone (if applicable):


Cell Phone (if applicable):


Work Phone (if applicable):


Birthday (Month/Day/Year) (required)


How did you hear about the Jam? Please list sources by name:


Who You Are


The people in the room are the focus of the Jam, and sharing our stories, experiences, ideas, etc., through different formats, is how we engage and learn together. The following series of questions is meant to be a taste of this principle. Don't worry about spelling or grammar or eloquent articulation. We just want to get a sense of who you feel you are.


How do you identify? (gender identity, race/ethnic background, sexual orientation, class, anything else that is part of what makes you who you are.) We ask because we value diversity, the opportunity to create safe space, and want to know how to best meet participant needs:


What's your focus in the world currently? What things are you actively working on? What is your relationship to the law? Please be as specific as possible about whatever you do, why you do it, and the values behind it:


What are your questions right now? What's alive for you? What are your current places of challenge, growth, and excitement?:


Why do you want to attend the Jam (as opposed to a conference, workshop, meditation retreat, etc.)? What do you feel you will be able to give/contribute to the Jam? What do you hope to receive from it? :


Please share with us any concerns, doubts, fears or reservations you would have about attending the Jam:


Please give us a mini-bio (a paragraph version of your story) written in the third person (for example, using "she" instead of "I"). No need to be humble! Include contributions you've made, any awards or accomplishments, organizations you've been involved with, etc. This is the bio that will be shared with other participants of this Jam, and will be used for the YES! website. (You can always modify it later.) :


Anything else you'd like to tell us?:


Costs of Attending

Tuition for the Jam is offered on a sliding scale of $450-$1100. The actual cost per person for the Jam is $950, of which $500 covers food and lodging at the Watershed Center and $450 covers program expenses, including organizing efforts, facilitator honorarium, supplies and materials. A number of partial scholarships are available upon request, on an as-needed basis, as are work trades. In fact, we work with each participant to set up the specific combo of scholarship, work trade and monetary payment that works for them. YES! also offers a monthly payment plan to help each person figure out a payment schedule that is best for them.


Additional donations above the event price are welcome and help us to provide scholarships to enable the diversity upon which this event thrives (they are also tax-deductible).


We ask that applicants consider a minimum of $500 (of the total of $950) for their tuition. We never want money to be a barrier in participating in a Jam, so we will do everything we can to make it work for you to attend.


How much are you and/or your organization/workplace able to contribute to tuition?


We invite work trades as well. Are there other non-monetary ways that you might be in reciprocity with the Jam (any particular skills, other in-kind contributions, etc.)?:


Travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant, though we do help to arrange carpools and/or train travel to the site. The NYC airports are good arrival points, as are the smaller airports in Albany, White Plains, and Newburgh.


If you are selected, we will be following up with you to ask you about diet, housing, travel plans, etc. We want to be sure to meet your needs at the Jam.


Thanks so much for taking the time to fill out this in-depth application! We'll be in touch as soon as we can.


Note: We encourage you to cut-and-paste your answers to this application into a word doc, BEFORE you hit the submit button, as we are occasionally experiencing some technical difficulties with this contact form.  Once you have received confirmation from us that we received your application, then you can go ahead and delete the word doc. Thank you!