(510) 922-8556 info@yesworld.org

Toronto Jam 2017 Application

Why are you asking these questions?

Because of the small scale and personal nature of the Jam, this questionnaire is more in-depth than most. We want to get to know you! Some of these questions may feel very personal. This is because the people in the room are the focus of the Jam. Sharing our stories, experiences, ideas, etc., in different ways, is how we engage and learn together. Don't worry too much about grammar, spelling, and making full sentences. Our goal is to get a sense of who you feel you are, not to test you.


How much should I write?

The more the team learns about you, the more informed their decision about selection can be. At the same time, please share only as much as you feel comfortable sharing.  There is no minimum or maximum length for responses. We will follow up with you if we need more information.


Who has access to my info?

Only the leadership team will have access to your application. All of your answers, including your name and basic info, will be kept in full confidentiality.


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!


Complete Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Organization or Organizational Affiliation (if applicable):

Website of Group (if applicable):

Street Address (required)

City (required)

Province (required)

Postal Code (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

1. What are your questions right now? What’s alive for you? What are your current places of challenge, growth, and excitement for you? In your community? Your work life? Personally? In the GTA?

2. Why do you want to attend the Jam (as opposed to a conference, workshop, meditation retreat, etc.)? How are its principles valuable for you at this point in your life/work journey?

3. What do you hope to offer to the Jam? What do you hope to receive from the Jam?

4. How do you identify? (gender identity, ethnic background, sexual orientation, class, anything that you feel makes you who you are.)

5. What needs would you like to share around making the Jam safe, welcoming, and accessible for you?

6. Please give us a mini-bio written in the third person (e.g., using “he", "she” or “they” instead of “I”). One paragraph will do. Talk yourself up! Include contributions you’ve made, accomplishments that are important to you, organizations you’ve been involved with, etc. This bio will be shared with other participants leading up to the Jam, and on the YES! website after the Jam. (You can always change it later, or request that it not be put online)

7. Any concerns, doubts or fears about coming to the Jam? Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?:

Costs of Attending

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. People who are applying by the priority deadline will be given first consideration for the limited number of partial scholarships we have.

Tuition for the Jam is $650, of which $375 covers food and lodging, and $275 covers program expenses. Some partial scholarships are available by request, and based on need. Payment plans (e.g. making a monthly payment over the year) can be arranged as well. Additional donations are welcome and tax deductible! They help us provide scholarships and ensure that the group is as diverse as possible.

Are you or your organization in a position to pay the $650 tuition? If not, how much are you able to contribute? (We ask people to consider a minimum contribution of $375 to cover hard costs of food and accommodation.)

We invite work trades as well. Are there other non-monetary ways in which you can contribute to the Jam? Any particular skills or in-kind contributions? For example: carpooling, fundraising, organizing food donations, jam promotion (taking photos at the jam, making a post-jam video or writing a blog), graphic design, social media or web skills. We will do our best to distribute work trades.

Participants are responsible for travel to the retreat center, though we can help arrange carpools. If you are accepted, we will follow up with you about diet, housing, travel plans, etc. We'll do our best to meet your needs, in getting to and enjoying the Jam itself.

Also, we can make arrangements for childcare, so please let us know if you have this need, so we can explore possibilities together.

Thanks so much for taking the time to fill out this application! We’ll be in touch as soon as we can. In turn, should you have ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS please do not hesitate to get in touch. This is a living document and we welcome your feedback!