We hope everyone had a great time at our So YESterday Reunion! Thanks to everyone who performed at Coffee House and to all of those who donated items to our Auction - we raised $550! 37 people joined in on our weekend, which is the highest attendance we have had at Reunion for a while. It was wonderful to see so much Star Island spirit which helps to break up the long wait until the summer when we can all be together again on island.
In connection with our throwback theme, we held a show-and-tell, played retro games, watched old VHS tapes, and shared our childhood nicknames! Our workshops included yoga and mediation, gym class, and arts and crafts! Michael’s awesome Social Action workshop on Saturday was about social justice actions from different decades and guest Jason Lydon from Black and Pink talked about working with LGBTQ prisoners and the organization’s efforts to get their voices heard. Remy led two great worships during the weekend challenging everyone to think about their strengths and weaknesses and to think about what they want most to get out of the new year ahead of us.
As always, please feel free to contact Bianca and Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org and our registrar, Julia, at email@example.com if you have any questions. We are so excited for this coming year and hope to see you all soon!
Discounts for YES are back! Star Island loves our conference and sees how important it is for the island to keep attracting new youth, especially us wonderful YES-ers! Now introducing, the YES Community Building Program! Here’s how it works:
1. Find that person (or more than one person) in your home, church, etc. communities you feel would be able to best contribute to the YES community on Star Island.
2. Nominate that person by filling out the form at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/YEScommunity.
3. Once your application is approved, Star will cover 30% of the room and board for your New Shoaler, provided they attend the full conference (7 nights)!
4. Star Island will also kick in $50 toward your room and board, provided you also attend the full conference (7 nights)!
Our New Shoaler Flyer (included below) is a great way to pass along some information about our conference and the newly available YES discount. Please share this with any and all folks you feel would be interested in joining us for this special year!
Star Island Centennial
This year will be Star Island’s Centennial, and to celebrate, a 50 year and 100 year time capsule will be buried which will hold mementos about what life is currently like on Star Island. Every conference is asked to submit an item to the time capsule, and anyone can write a memory on archival paper available on island. The time capsules will both be sealed and buried during the island’s re-dedication in July 2016. Don’t worry, items will be collected throughout the summer and the off-season, which means we still have time to decide what we would like to include in the time capsule!
Stay tuned for more information on the time capsule, as well as registration and scholarship information which will be making its way to you all soon!