Our conference flyer, found below, has important details for your stay on Star including boats and parking, what to and NOT to bring, theme dinners, and more!
Save and share with your friends! There Is still time to sign up for the conference so don’t miss out!
Our conference tee has arrived as well! This shirt captures Catch the Wind beautifully by depicting the famous wind-tunnel on star, where laundry and sparrows become one with the wind.
Tshirts will be sold at 20$ to 25$ sliding scale, depending on what each individual is able to pay. Every dollar counts towards continuing our conference wonderful for many years to come. These will be sold on-island, and will be made available online after our conference week.
Keep a lookout for our Indiegogo next month, where you can purchase your conference tee at a discounted price and get two more gifts from our conference, all at a great value!
Only 37 days until Star! Get excited!
*Thanks to our registrar, Julia Dudley-Kramer for the flyer and t-shirt designs!
Our Teespring has sprung! Featuring a front and back design by our very own Kieran Tom, this shirt represents the weekly traditional Pel vs. Conferee softball game on our home away from home, Star Island. "What makes the grass grow? Blood, blood, blood!" is a chant used every year by our team as we end our pre-game speeches and enter the field of softball battle!
Each sale goes towards our scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to our conferees. For over half of our conferees, this is a key resource in being able to afford the cost of room and board on island.
Help us reach our goal of 20 shirts sold! This campaign ends Tuesday, April 19th, so make sure to get yours before time runs out!
Yes Conference 2016 Teespring
Happy March everyone!
This month we are offering offering two one-of-a-kind prints from YES alums Clark Jackson and Marcy Ayers! Clark Jackson's piece is a silk screen print featuring a slue of cartoons created by the artist himself, and Marcy Ayers's piece is a hand-carved woodblock print featuring bright colors and summer treats!
Contribute between March 1st and April 1st to enter this giveaway. By donating $10, your name will be entered once in the drawing pool ($50 = 5 entries, $100 = 10 entries).
Visit our Donate page to enter to win!!
Registration for our 2016 Conference Week "Catch the Wind" is now available!
****Here is the link to register:****
A 285 dollar deposit is required upon registration, payable by Visa, American Express, Discover, or Mastercard. If you will not be attending the entire week, please specify in the “Requested Alternate Arrival/Departure” section, and send our registrar Julia Dudley-Kramer an email letting her know about your alternate plans.
Conferees under 18 must fill out a Minor Medical Release Form, and return this form to the Star Island Registrar (address included). This form is available http://starisland.org/img/2013-Minor-Medical-Release.pdf
Application for conference financial aid is available online at the following link. All submissions are due by March 15th! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ECEYllsbDK3NZCh4Tj1AFuQigcBQ2I0DkEbDppNxZhw/viewform
We strongly suggest you also apply for Star Island’s financial aid, which can be found here: http://starisland.org/registration/financial-aid/
Note that you may only accept one form of financial aid. This will become available in March and is due by June 1st. You will know by June 15th if you got island financial aid, and you must accept or decline it by July 1st.
New this year: Nominate a New Shoaler to come to YES this year, and Star will cover 30% of their room and board. We'll also kick in $50 for you! See our February Newsletter and our New Shoaler Flyer below for details. Growing our conference is incredibly important, so tell all your pals and there’s something in it for you too.
- For more information regarding registration and scholarships, please contact our registrar, Julia Dudley-Kramer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For all other questions regarding our conference please contact our chairs, Bianca Giolitto & Taylor Travers, at email@example.com
For even more info about the conference, check out this link:
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!