YES! Alumni Newsletter
February 2009 
Dear Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!

We are pleased to announce that our 7th Annual Leveraging Privilege for Social Change (LPSC) Jam will be held in Charleston, West Virginia from June 4 - 11, 2009. If you would like to nominate someone for the Jam, please contact Shilpa Jain, Detailed information about the Jam, including a brochure and an application, can be found on our website. Applications will be reviewed on the last days of February, March and April 2009. The sooner the application is received, the better its chances of acceptance.

We are also hosting a series of intergenerational LPSC Daylong Workshops in cities across the nation - Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and the Bay Area. The workshops are organized and facilitated by Shilpa Jain and Austin Willacy, who aim to hold a safe-space for learning, growing and deepening in our capacity to use the resources in our lives to make a difference in the world.  For complete dates and information, visit our website.

Our World Jam organizers, Tiffany Brown and Kiritapu Allen, are heading to Thailand this month to lay the foundation in planning for our 10th World Jam, which will be hosted by Nuttarote Wangwinyoo in 2010. Detailed information about the Jam will be posted on our website this Spring and applications will be accepted this Summer, so begin thinking of potential Jammers you would like to nominate for the Jam.

I'd also like to share a great video filmed by Emily, a dear friend to Kiritapu, about the work Igor Conde, a 2008 World Jammer, is doing in his community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Check it out:

This month's newsletter is filled with great resources and opportunities, so Enjoy!
What's Inside!
The Brower Youth Awards
Department of Peace Campaign
The Breakthrough Institute
World Trust Project
Jane Addams Peace Camp
Nonprofit Leadership: Maximizing Leadership
Wise Up & Take Off - Destination: Financial Success
The Brower Youth Awards
Seeking Nominations of Outstanding Youth Leaders  

The Brower Youth Awards just launched the 2009 prize search for outstanding youth leaders.  We're looking for individuals ages 13-22 with the power and persistence to create environmental change.  
The Brower Youth Awards honors six young people annually with a $3000 cash award and weeklong trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.  During that week, award recipients will participate in a week of media and public outreach and be recognized at an awards ceremony attended by 900 members of the public.
Our honorees have protected Native sacred sites from development, restored wetlands, spread awareness about threatened sea turtles, coordinated student networks pushing for a clean energy future, and much, much more. Their impact doesn't stop there. They continue as environmental change agents, writers, organizers, visionaries, and speakers, supported by Earth Island Institute's New Leaders Initiative.  Past winners have gone on to speak at Bioneers -- like Erica Fernandez 2007, launch their own groups -- like Rachel Barge 2007, and become Ashoka Fellows -- like Billy Parish 2004.  Join them.  

Apply today for the 2009 Brower Youth Award at  Applications for the 2009 awards are due May 15.
Department of Peace Campaign
The Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance Hosts National Conference 

You're invited to the 6th National Conference to inspire civic activism and promote legislation for a cabinet-level Department of Peace. They are coordinating their largest conference ever to make it possible for as many as 1000 U.S. and global citizens to convene in the nation's capital and continue to have our voices heard to positively impact and cultivate a culture of peace - in this country and abroad. Join others in developing your peacebuilding and organizing skills and meet people that you will connect with for a lifetime.

The Peace Alliance is proud to host this conference with the Student Peace Alliance as a youth-adult partnership. Please spread the word to help us reach our goal of 300 youth attendees at the conference!

Our very own Ocean Robbins will be a Keynote Speaker, along with Rep. Dennis Kucinich and many more. To register now, visit
Seeking Spring Volunter Internships 

GAIA is seeking interns for the spring 2009 semester. They are looking for intelligent, passionate individuals with writing, language and web skills who want to contribute to a global movement for environmental and social change. They do not expect specific knowledge of the issues but rather a general commitment to social justice and an eagerness to learn. They provide interns with the rewarding experience of doing hands-on activism in an international organization.

They accept both full-time and part-time interns, with a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for three months. GAIA currently only offers unpaid internship opportunities in their downtown Berkeley office.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please email the following to

· Cover letter explaining (1) why you want to work for GAIA, (2) the area or areas in which you are interested, and (3) the dates you will be available to do the internship
· Resume
The Breakthrough Institute
Seeking Youth Leaders for Fellowship Opportunity 

The Breakthrough Institute is seeking up to ten of the nation's top young thought leaders for a paid Fellowship in Summer 2009 as part of its young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation  Fellowships are highly competitive -- in 2008, 10 percent of applicants were accepted -- and involve writing, research, and analysis on energy/climate, the economy, national security, health care, and other policy issues. Previous Breakthrough Fellows have published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, and Alternet.

 Fellowships pay $300 per week and are awarded to individuals aged 18-25 who will be closely involved with Breakthrough's high-level work.  Activities and projects include writing short articles and op-eds, researching and writing policy white papers, and conducting interviews with the nation's top political and policy experts.  Fellows will work 40 hours per week for ten weeks during Summer 2009 from Breakthrough's central office in Oakland, CA.
To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and three writing samples to  Applications are due by 5:00PM PST on March 15th, 2009. Writing samples should include at least one op-ed and one research paper. Personal recommendations are welcomed but not required.
World Trust Project
Enter Your Voice in a Video Contest  

The project's mission is to mentor the future leaders of the world and give the youth of the world a voice - through journalism, activism and mentorship programs - utilizing media and technology as a way to bridge cultures.

World Trust is launching a video contest for ALL YOUTH ages 18-26 around the globe interested in becoming global youth leaders. World Trust will also have a concert, conference and other activities throughout the year and beyond. Go online and register to be part of the movement!

For more information, please visit their website
 Jane Addams Peace Camp
Counselor Opportunities 

Jane Addams Peace Camp is looking for counselors with camp or youth work experience and lots of energy.  Camp is a one-week day camp located in Aptos, CA at Orchard School.  Family orientation and camp set-up is Sunday August 2.  The camp week is August 3 - 7.  This year we will have a Family Peace Camp Day Saturday, August 8.  There will be a Nonviolent Communication training on April 18 and a weekend staff retreat July 11 - 12.
For further information and to apply contact Wilma Gold at 728-8778 or Gaby Litsky at 462-9023.
Nonprofit Leadership: Maximizing Leadership
Offering a Course on NonProfit Management  

The working environment in the nonprofit sector is changing at a rapid rate due to changes in society, new technologies, growing partnership options, and more. As a result, leading and managing a nonprofit organization in this dynamic climate presents new opportunities as well as challenges. This case study-based course will focus on the specific challenges of nonprofit management, innovative fundraising approaches, and developing skills for effective nonprofit leadership.

Dates and Topics: Monday, April 27 till Friday, May 1, 2009.

It will cover the following 5 topic areas:
· Clarifying strategy and structure            
· Measuring impact and evaluating success         
· Leveraging the private sector     
· Engaging in revenue-generating activities           
· Skills for effective nonprofit leaders (cross-cultural communication, negotiation, leadership styles and conflict resolution)

For more information, please visit:

Wise Up & Take Off - Destination: Financial Success
Circle of Women Conference

The Women's Bureau Presents circle of Women Conference featuring Wi$e Up & Take Off Destination: Financial Success on Friday, March 13, 2009 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at The Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA.

This is an event you can't afford to miss with interesting keynotes and valuable workshops. Learn financial basics & tips from easy-to-understand experts in a fun environment. What's more, you will learn how to adapt to our changing economic situation. At the end of the event you will:
  • Gain tools for smart financial decision making
  • Transform your relationship with money
  • Learn the basics of what every woman should know
  • Discover how being GREEN can give you more GREEN
  • Network with women you can relate to
  • And much, much more!
To register visit and to inquire about scholarships, call (650) 991-5697
Thanks for reading this month's newsletter! Please continue to submit announcements for future newsletters!

Much love and appreciation,

Jenny Uribe :-)

Program Coordinator, YES!
Young Leaders Connect, Inspire and Collaborate