YES! Alumni Newsletter
January 2009
Dear Alumni,

Happy New Year everyone!

As we transition into the New Year, we would like to thank you for all the hard work you put into creating a better world! We are blessed to have connected with each of you and would like to support you in the best way. Please take a moment to fill out the Alumni Survey sent to you in mid-December, if you have not done so already. 

YES! has officially unpacked and moved into the new office! We are excited to be sharing a cozy home with Nga Trinh-Halperin, Development Manager, and her family in Santa Cruz.

This month's newsletter is filled with exciting new employment opportunities and other ways to stay connected!

Enjoy!


What's Inside!
Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference
World March for Peace and Non-Violence
The Future Leaders Institute
Israel and Palestine Conflict
Power Shift 2009
Organizers Exchange to Colombia
UN's Global Warming Photography Competition
What's New with YES! and Jammers?
Israel and Palestine Conflict
Help Bring Peace  

Our prayers are with the people who are immediately impacted by the violence occurring in Gaza. Many of you have been communicating through our listserves looking for ways to help and put a stop to the violence. Please continue to send these communications through the listserves and note whether you would like the email to be send to the whole Jam community.

Tikkun Magazine and the Network for Spiritual Progressives needs your help to get the attention of President-Elect Barack Obama by purchasing an ad in major newspapers titled "Cease Fire Now in Gaza! President-Elect Obama: It's Time to End the Violene in the Middle East - Oncea and For All: Convene an International Middle East Peace Conference to Facilitate a Final Peace Settlement that is just and fair to All Parties"

To read the full ad, and donate/sign, please visit http://www.spiritualprogressives.org/article.php/gaza
The Future Leaders Institute
Seeks New Development Director

The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) seeks a full-time Development Director to manage and lead all fundraising initiatives in support of FLI's innovative social entrepreneurship programs for high school students. FLI is seeking its first full-time Development Director to design and lead its fundraising efforts. To date, FLI has had a tremendous success securing diverse sources of income - approximately 30% from individuals, 30% from foundations, 30% from partner school fees, and 10% from corporations - allowing FLI to hire a Development Director. The goal of this critical position is to secure long-term sustainable funding to ensure the viability of current FLI initiatives and position the organization for its next phase of growth: expanding programs in the Bay Area and embarking on a nation-wide expansion effort to commence in 2011-12.

The target start date is Feb. 2, 2009. Please email your resume and cover letter to info@theFLI.org by January 16, 2009. Please visit www.fli.org for more information.
World March for Peace and Non-Violence
Come join the march!

The World March will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi's birth, declared the "International Day of Non-Violence" by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. The March will last 90 days, three long months of travel. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia. The stages will be the longest American and Asian, both almost a month. A permanent base of a hundred people of different nationalities will complete the journey.
 
You can join the march partially, virtually, as an individual or organization.
check it out: http://www.worldmarch.info/
Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference
Help forge the national agenda for the new green-collar economy

On February 4th-6th, join Van Jones and the Green For All team in D.C. for the 2009 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, hosted by the Blue Green Alliance.  The conference, which features a Green For All Track, Green Jobs Advocacy Day, and Green Jobs Expo, will be an essential forum to help forge the national agenda for the new green-collar economy.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.greenforall.org/2009gjgj
Power Shift 2009
Repowering Reclaiming Our Future

From February 27th-March 2nd, 10,000 youth will converge on Washington, D.C. to call for immediate federal action on green jobs and a clean energy economy. Power Shift '09 attendees will strengthen the youth movement for climate and economic solutions, by sharing skills, building bonds, and setting clear plans for action in our communities.

And on March 2nd, thousands of youth will flood the halls of Congress to meet face to face with their representatives, and ask for their bold leadership on green jobs and a clean, just energy future. Learn more and register.

Contact julia@greenforall.org to get involved with Green For All at Power Shift 2009.
Organizers Exchange to Colombia
Resisting Militarism Through Creative Action

The Youth Arts and Action Delegation will be held from March 27 - April 6, 2009. Fellowship of Reconciliation Colombia program will take a delegation of youth organizers and allies to collaborate with dynamic youth-led organizations working for the rights of Conscientious Objectors and advocating for anti-militarism in Colombia. The participants will continue to expand the network of youth in the US and Colombia who are seeking creative ways to resist militarism. This delegation will also be the focus of a documentary film produced by two participants through the Dar Papaya Project.

Applications are due by February 1st, 2009.

For more information, please contact Liza Smith at 510.763.1403 or liza@igc.org or http://www.forcolombia.org/youthdelegation
UN's Global Warming Photography Competition
Share how Global Warming is affecting your community

The British Council, the Permanent Mission of the Maldives to the United Nations office at Geneva and the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos invite you to take part in "Turning the Tide", a major international exhibition that will take place during the main annual Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2009. The exhibition will showcase the photographs and stories of young climate witnesses from around the world whose lives and rights are being affected by the everyday reality of global warming. The photographs should highlight the challenges your community is facing and how you are living and coping with the changing environment.

You must be between the age of 16-25 and must submit your photos by January 31st, 2009.

For more information, please visit http://www.britishcouncil.org/switzerland-turning-the-tide.htm
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 appreciation,

Jenny Uribe

Program Coordinator, YES!
Helping Visionary Young Leaders Build A Better World
www.yesworld.org