April 25, 2006

New York City Local Jam: addressing social justice

Posted in other groups and events at 5:36 am by Aditi Sriram

Youth of New York City Unite!

Are you young and interested in social change? Do you believe that our generation has a historical opportunity to embrace diversity and join forces for social and political transformation? Join twenty of the leading young social and political leaders from the New York tri-state area for 5 days of exploration, celebration, and alliance building. The retreat culminates in the development of new and collaborative projects.

The New York City Local Jam
June 8-12, 2006
Apply now! Application Deadline is May 15…

The NYC Local Jam is an informal, five day gathering where participants share experiences, discuss organizing strategies, and build relationships with each other. The gathering removes people from their normal environments and inspires new opportunities. The New York City Local JAM Retreats build relationships based on trust and mutual understanding among diverse young activists in the city. Participants come from positions of influence and leadership in groups throughout New York working for peace, environmental protection, human and children’s rights and social justice. Together, we create a community where participants can be honest and authentic about race, gender relations, prejudice, the internal motivations and external factors that drive and influence their activism, the common problems facing youth in New York City and the challenge of global sustainability. We create an atmosphere of compassion where participants can view their work as an open, on-going educational and learning process and provide a platform for mutual sharing, learning, networking and community building among some of the young people who will shape the new millennium.

The word JAM was comes from the culture of musicians who gather and play unrehearsed, improvised music – communicating with each other in a universal language. The process leads to moments of inspiration, action, and power. During the Local JAM something similar happens. There is open dialogue, discovery, and most importantly an understanding of differences (and similarities) that celebrate and give value to human diversity.

Contact Jessica for info or apply here to attend this free retreat!

What are the objectives of the NYC Local JAM?
(1) To raise awareness and connect diverse, young social leaders of New York by sharing experiences and visions of the youth movement locally and globally;
(2) To launch a self-sustaining youth network in New York that integrates the diversity if the city and is active both face to face and virtually through the Internet;
(3) To develop new partnerships and collaborative projects, help them gain visibility and attract funding;
(4) To strengthen youth participation in local government structures

When and where will the NYC Local JAM take place?
June 8-12, 2006, at a retreat center in upstate New York (Participants will leave as a group by charter bus from Grand Central Station in Manhattan, New York, on June 8, at 9 AM, and will return to the same location at 6 PM on June 12.)

Selection Criteria
Leadership – Good candidates for participation in the JAM should have experience implementing a project that has measurable results. In their application they should show real personal leadership and not simply team participation.
Critical and analytical thought – Good candidates should have political consciousness, have specific points of view about local and international issues and be able to justify their opinions.
Commitment and Availability – Good candidates should be available to contribute and participate in the New York Youth Network.
Diversity – In the selection process, personality types, race, strengths/weaknesses, sexual orientation, religion, and socioeconomic diversity will be considered for the purpose of bringing together a diverse group.

Projected Results
• Stronger networks of New York City youth activists;
• New and collaborative projects;
• Ongoing dialogue open to social and governmental organizations that focus on the issues of youth, with leadership from Jam participants;
• Project Development Workshops for new and collaborative youth led projects around the city;
• A Fundraising Auction to direct funds and attract attention to new and collaborative projects.
• Greater unity and trust among local and regional youth groups;
• A website that reports about the discussions of the Jam process and links local youth efforts to the rest of the world

This event is for 20 young leaders, from New York City, between the ages of 15 and 35 that identify with one of the following topics:
– Develop action locally in diverse social areas (education, culture, health, civil/human rights, the environment etc.)
– Participate in the debate and articulation of socio-political and socio-economic issues nationally as well as internationally.
– Participate in the creation and implementation of public policies with emphasis on youth and a desire to create a just and equitable world.

Organized by: Global Youth Action Network
Date and time: 9:00am – 6:00pm June 08, 2006 – June 12, 2006
Admission: Free
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2006
Global Youth Action Location:
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 905,
New York, New York, 10017,
United States
Phone: 1-212-661-6111
Fax: 1-212-661-1933

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