PeaceJam Northwest Youth Conference Information
The PeaceJam Conference with Rigoberta Menchu Tum is April 16-17th, 2011!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can we have a brief outline of the conference weekend?
- For starters, Click Here (235kb .pdf) to download the conference schedule from 2008 to get an idea of the framework for this year's weekend as it will be the same.
- What is the cost of registration for the PeaceJam Conference on April 16th & 17th, 2011?
Registration cost is $75 per person attending.
- By what date should I register myself and my students?
The registration deadline is March 28th, 2011.
- What are the hotel accommodation options in Corvallis?
Click Here to see hotels listed at the Corvallis Visitors Center's website.
Click Here to download a list of hotels and driving directions to print.
Please note that some of these locations are not within easy walking distance. Many locations may require at least a 30 minute walk to campus.
On weekends there is free parking on campus in Staff (red signs) and Student (green signs) parking lots.
Click Here for an interactive map of OSU campus with staff and student parking lots highlighted. PeaceJam NW will be held in the Memorial Union, which is marked as MU on the map.
- Do you require a certain amount of chaperones to supervise students?
PeaceJam just requires one adult sponsor per group, but your school or organization may have separate requirements. While at the conference OSU students will be in charge of youth family groups, yet you will be in charge of your group during non-conference times, thus; your comfort level and organization's requirements will come into play.
- How many Youth can we bring to the conference?
As many as you can afford to bring. The conference is designed for high school aged youth. Some groups bring middle school aged youth. Our age group range is 14-19. In order to avoid creating a middle school dominant conference, we ask that middle schools limit their groups to 25 max.
- Can our group attend for just part of the PeaceJam Conference?
No. We strongly discourage attending only part of the conference. The social connections that youth develop in their family groups require that they attend the entire conference. Youth who arrive late or leave early will likely not develop the sense of interconnectedness that participants who attend the entire conference do, and therefore their learning opportunities diminish as well.
- What should we wear?
Many of our activities require youth to move around easily and sit on the floor, so wear comfortable clothes. Additionally, Corvallis has unpredictable weather and some activities are located outside, so bring layers. Make sure to check the weather the week before the conference for the likelihood of rain.
- Will meals be provided during the weekend?
Yes, some meals will be provided.
On Saturday, three meals, a continental breakfast, a lunch and a dinner will be provided.
On Sunday, two meals, a continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided.
- What should we put on our presentation poster?
The Group Presentation Posters are displayed over the weekend so that all participants can see the projects each group has been working on.
On Sunday morning each group will have 2 minutes to present their projects to the Nobel Laureate and the other attendees. Since the presenting group will be on stage, there is no way the audience can see the details of the poster, so please remember to hold the poster for the Laureate (who will also be on stage) to see. Don't be afraid of the Laureate, they usually don't bite.
Some items to include on your Presentation Posters:
- School and/or Group name.
- The city and state you are from.
- Which Global Call to Action issue does this project fall under.
- What specific problem did your project address?
- What is the root cause of the problem?
- What exactly did your group do?
- How did this project make a difference? and for who?
- Photos documenting the project.
Information from the GCA worksheet Click here (245kb .pdf) should help in both designing a Global Call to Action Project and with providing information for your posters.
- May we have a multimedia presentation?
Due to the logistics and time constraints of the presentations, we will not allow PowerPoint or video presentations.
Despite this, we do still encourage your groups to document your service. We are more than happy to post your videos or other multimedia presentations to the PeaceJam Northwest site.
Additionally, once you register your projects at Peacejam.org, you can upload photos and video to your project page to share with the world.
PeaceJam also has a wonderful opportunity for every group to win a visit to their school or organization from a Nobel Peace Laureate. Click Here for information on PeaceJam's Global Call to Action Video Challenge.
Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have.