YES! Alumni Newsletter
March 2009
Dear Friends,

Tiffany Brown and Kiritapu Allan have returned from their trip to Thailand and are excited to begin outreaching for the 2010 World Jam this spring. They've found a beautiful location for the Jam, where Jammers will rest, play, connect and collaborate. Please begin thinking of young leaders who you would feel would be great for the gathering. Check our website in April for info on how to apply.

The Leveraging Privilege for Social Change Jam (LPSC) is just around the corner - June 4 - 11, 2009. The organizing team is in the midst of collecting and reviewing applications, so please encourage folks who you feel would benefit from the gathering to apply ASAP. For detailed information about the Jam and an application, please visit - http://www.yesworld.org/jam/usa.htm

YES!'s local and intergenerational program - the Community Alliances Initiative (CAI) - will be hosting a Weekend Gathering with Lillie Allen, the founder of Be Present, Inc., May 23 - 24th. The gathering will gather local social change leaders from Santa Cruz, CA, to do the deep work of connecting and developing authentic relationships using the Be Present Empowerment Model. If you are interested in learning more and would like to participate, please contact me - jenny@yesworld.org

This month's newsletter is filled with great opportunities!

Enjoy!
What's Inside?
YES! Jam Alumna Update
Resource Generation
Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Shades Of Youth
Metta Center: Nonviolence Education
The World Assembly of Youth
Real Change Stories
United for a Fair Economy
Butterfly Connection
What's New with YES! and Jammers?
YES! Jam Alumna Update
Cecilia Iglesias - Latin America Jammer 

The Global Civil Society Forum (GCSF) took place last February in Nairobi, Kenya, as a preparatory event for the 25th session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme. The objective of the GCSF is to provide a platform for exchange and consultation so that farmers, the scientific community, indigenous peoples, workers and trade unions, business and industry, non-governmental organizations, women, youth and local governments can build consensus on key environmental issues to be addressed by the Member States.
 
Cecilia Iglesias (from the Asociacion Civil Red Ambiental and a YES! Alumni) was elected as one of the four civil society representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean to the GCSF and the GC/GMEF. During her stay in Nairobi, she participated in several negotiations to influence governmental decisions on priority areas such as climate change, disasters and conflicts, environmental governance, ecosystem management, sustainable consumption, etc. She also took part in the discussions on UNEP's Strategy for Youth Engagement on Environmental Issues, a process that began as a worldwide consultation involving youth community leaders from every corner of the map and concluded with the approval of a set of strategic actions for the upcoming six years.
 
This experience gave her new perspectives of the multiple challenges of current economic, social and environmental crises. It also provided inspiration and strength to turn discussions and political will into concrete solutions and human wellbeing.
Resource Generation
Seeking New CORE Coordinator

Resource Generation (RG), a fiscally sponsored program of Third Sector New England (TSNE), is a multi-racial community, organizing young people with wealth to leverage financial resources and class privilege for social justice. Our constituents are young people, ages 18 to 35, and self-identify as wealthy. The RG community includes organizers, activists and trainers from all class backgrounds. Aligning values, vision and resources, the work of RG strives to build a community of young change-makers, while making visible the many ways to use money and privilege as tools for social change. By inspiring and educating a new generation of givers, our work has and will continue to generate millions of dollars in support of social change.

CORE has developed programming and partnerships to support RG's growing community of young people of color with wealth and will publish a book of stories and articles that will serve as an organizing tool.  We are seeking a CORE Coordinator to lead outreach and organizing initiatives that will build our base of CORE constituents and support constituent leadership development, and to coordinate completion of the book.

For a complete job description and instructions on how to apply, please visit http://www.resourcegeneration.org/Help/employment.html
Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Celebrating the 25th Cordillera Day in the Philippines

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance are pleased to invite you to the 25th Cordillera Day celebration this year on April 23-24. The Cordillera Day celebrations have been spearheaded by the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) since 1985 from the earlier 1981-1985 Macliing Memorials. Except in 1995, the celebrations were held in a single venue or host community as a regionally centralized annual event. As in 1995, this year's Cordillera Day will be a decentralized celebration which means all provinces and CPA chapters will have their own celebrations, held simultaneously on the said dates. The central theme "Strengthen people's solidarity. Intensify the struggle for land, life, and rights!" will guide the decentralized celebrations. As in the past celebrations, a registration fee of PhP300 will be collected to help cover food expenses. If you are unable to attend, solidarity messages are appreciated.

Kindly send your solidarity message, financial support and confirmation to CPA on or before April 15.

For more information about the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, please visit http://www.cpaphils.org
Shades Of Youth
An Educational Documentary Film Premieres 
Shades Of Youth, an educational documentary film - by youth for youth - is about high school students sorting out racism, white privilege and power on their own terms and in their own language. It is about young people taking the lead in teaching one another and teaching adults as well.

To view the trailer and learn about upcoming premieres, please visit http://www.antiracism.com/shades_of_youth.html
Metta Center: Nonviolence Education
Metta Mentor Applications Now Open!

Do you want to be-the-change?  Do you want to find a little bit of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. or Aung San Suu Kyi within you this summer?  Do you want to empower yourself, roll up your sleeves, and do something about the suffering in our world?

If so, the Metta Center is looking for you.  Metta Mentors is looking to give away 10 scholarships for a 10-week paid internship this summer, to inspired changemakers who want to make this world a better place.

Think of it this way: your food, housing and transportation costs will be taken care of by your stipend; you'll then be paired up with a local social change organization, assigned a mentor, and given a social-change context to practice "being the change you wish to see."  You work with your mentor for four days of the week, and spend one day of the week in collective reflection and learning with other Metta Mentors.  It will be powerful and transformative.

To learn more about Metta Mentors or to apply, please visit: http://www.mettacenter.org/mettamentors/description
(Note: the priority deadline is coming real soon -- March 22nd! - EXTENDED!)

This 2009 summer, tap into a movement of inspiring activists, organizations, and people working towards sustainable social change!
The World Assembly of Youth
Hosting the International Youth Forum 
The World Assembly of Youth and the National Youth Organisation of Libyan Youth (NOLY) are pleased to extend an invitation for you to participate in the International Youth Forum (IYF) to be held at Tripoli, Libya from 13 to 15 April 2009.

The theme selected for IYF 2009 is "The Role of Youth on Poverty Eradication". This theme has been selected in realization of the need to educate, increase awareness, to prevent or reduce the rates poverty amongst youth.

For more information please visit, http://www.way.org.my
Real Change Stories
Submit your story about making a difference in your community!

RealChangeStories.com is devoted to helping people share their stories about connecting personally with others during the course of political activist and community service efforts. RealChangeStories.com focuses on the personal, intimate side of getting involved. In ways large and small, engaging outside your comfort zone can be a life-changing experience. And connecting with one single person, even briefly, can alter the way you both see the world.

If you have a story about connecting with others across the divides that so often separate us, please share it on RealChangeStories.com. Once you've published it, you can use the site's sharing tools to spread the word and send it out to your community.

RealChangeStories.com is collecting your words and your experiences because the world needs to hear them! These stories have the power to inspire others to take part in improving our communities, our world, and supporting those in need.

To submit your story, please visit http://www.RealChangeStories.com
United for a Fair Economy
Seeking a new Executive Director

United for Fair Economy (UFE) is seeking a highly experienced, strategic thinking and culturally-competent Executive Director who is passionate about working for economic justice and supporting social movements for greater equality.  At least 10 years of senior nonprofit management and proven track record of successful fundraising required. The ideal candidate is committed to working within a democratic and highly participatory team management model, and has understanding of movement building.  Women and candidates of color are encouraged to apply.

For a complete description, please visit http://faireconomy.org/files/pdf/ufe_executive_director.pdf
Butterfly Connection
A gathering for young leaders

In this journey of personal and interpersonal connection, 20 people aged 18-35 will travel together a path of deep listening and meaningful conversations. Butterfly Connection is an opportunity to reflect by yourself and with others on the source of strength that supports us in moving forward.

During this 5-day retreat, you will be invited to reflect and connect to the meaning of your work and to listen to what is your call for your next steps into the future.

The retreat will be June 8 - 12 at a 24 acre olive-farm in Pelion, Greece: Axladitsa - Avatakia (www.axladitsa.org)

Registration fee ranges from C105 to C500. Participants are invited to contribute with what they can and a little bit more.

For travel details and registration form go to www.axladitsa.org/calendar.htm
Need more information? info@conexaoborboleta.org
What's New with YES! and Jammers?
Ways to Stay Connected with the YES! Community 

Alumni Newsletter
The Alumni Newsletter is distributed to YES! Jammers/Campers around the world! This newsletter is a resource for you to share information to hundreds of YES! Alumni! If you are organizing an event, would like to bring awareness to an issue in your community, published an article, wrote a poem or just want to share a good joke/quote, please submit 1-2 paragraphs describing what you would like to share and any needed contact information.

YES! Jams Website
Have you visited yesjams.org lately? Need to update your profile? Well the YES! Jams Website is a great place to connect with Jammers from other Jams, who are doing similar work as you. The new Jammers from the 2008 World Jam are just beginning to join the online community, so feel free to check them out, as they are doing some amazing work in their community (and they are just some awesome human beings, too!).

YES! Jam Listserves
Do you wonder what some of your fellow Jammers are doing these days? The Jam/Camp listserves are a great way to stay connected with your fellow Jammers/Campers, especially if you want to share information to just your Jam, instead of the whole Alumni. If you haven't received an email from the listserve lately, you may need to send us your updated contact information, so we can update the listserve. If you don't remember what your listserve is, just send us an email, and we'll let you know!

Facebook.com
Do you have a Facebook Profile? Not only does YES! have a profile, but so many of the Jammers/Campers have profiles, too! Facebook has been a great way to connect with old friends, so feel free to add YES! as a friend ("Yes World"), cause page ("YES!") or group page ("YES! Jam Alumni" or "YES! Camps (Youth for Environmental Sanity) Alumni")! YES! is currently finding Alumni on Facebook, so we may find you first!  ;-)

Flickr.com
YES! has an account on Flickr.com, where you are able to share photos from your Jam! If you have photos you would like to share, just let us know and we can start a group for your Jam and invite your fellow Jammers to upload their photos and reminisce! Our YES! photostream is located under "People" and named "yesjamphotos".

YouTube.com
YES! also has an account on YouTube.com, where you can upload videos and share it with the YES! community! If you have videos of yourself and your work, feel free to subscribe/be friend our page and your videos will be linked to our community. We'll also list your videos on our "Favorites" list. Check us out: http://www.youtube.com/yesjamvideos
Thank you for reading this month's newsletter!

Much love and appreciation,

Jenny ☺

Program Coordinator, YES!
www.yesworld.org