Frequently Asked Questions

What will be happening at Power Shift 2016?

A lot! Each regional Power Shift will feature keynote speeches from local and national climate and social justice leaders, in-depth trainings and workshops on organizing, a participant-led “unconference” section, opportunities to meet and connect with youth climate activists from across your region, and a direct action centered in that region’s local fights. Click here to learn more about programming at Power Shift 2016.

Who is organizing Power Shift 2016?

Each regional Power Shift 2016 is being organized by the Power Shift Network (formerly Energy Action Coalition), with support from progressive organizations across the country.

The Power Shift Network is a network of youth-led social and environmental justice organizations working together to build a youth-led movement for climate justice. We work to mobilize the collective power of young people to mitigate climate change and create a just, equitable, clean energy-powered future and resilient, thriving communities for all.

Why host conferences for the “youth-led climate movement”?

Since 2007, national and regional Power Shift convergences have motivated and inspired young climate leaders to dedicate themselves to fighting for justice for the long haul. Spaces like Power Shift help energize our movement and equip activists with the skills they need to organize winning campaigns.

Power Shift is focused on young people for a few reasons: First, because most other progressive conferences and convenings are targeted toward older professionals—often those who are getting paid for their work. Many of these conferences don’t have much programming that is relevant or welcoming to young activists.

And second, young people have been pushing the climate movement forward since the very beginning, and have with almost every other social movement in history. By creating a space targeted toward young activists, we want to affirm the critical role that young people play in affecting social change, as well as lift up the unique perspectives that young people carry into their activism and organizing.

Why regional Power Shifts?

Our hope is that regional Power Shifts will effectively empower, support, and mobilize youth climate justice leaders all across the United States—including many who would not be able to attend a national Power Shift convergence in one distant location.

Each Power Shift 2016 will advance the work of local organizations fighting against big polluters, holding decision makers accountable and expanding electoral efforts. Power Shift 2016 will help build local power—while also helping scale up that power to a national level.

Can I come to Power Shift 2016 if I’m in high school?

Absolutely! Many of the attendees at Power Shift tend to be college students or college-aged youth, but the program and networking opportunities available at Power Shift will be useful for any young person interested in building a movement to fight climate change and build a just, clean energy-powered future. All the sessions will be open to everyone no matter what your age or experience, and there will be panels & workshops specifically about organizing in high school. If you're heading to the Midwest, check out our high school-specific FAQ for Power Shift Midwest here!

Are older people welcome at Power Shift 2016?

Yes! While Power Shift 2016 is largely a youth convergence, people of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Power Shift 2016 is an important space for young people to come together, but we also value working with people of all ages, and learning from other movement leaders and elders.

I would like to come to Power Shift in my region, but I’m not sure if I can afford a ticket or the cost of travel. Are there scholarships for Power Shift 2016?

Yes! We’re doing our best to make sure that no one is held back from Power Shift due to financial constraints. Click here to apply for a Power Shift scholarship.

How do I get involved? Can I volunteer for Power Shift 2016 in my community?

The first step to getting involved is to register for Power Shift near you!

And yes, we would love your help volunteering. Power Shift comes together when thousands of people from across the country volunteer to organize and bring their communities' strength and power. Fill out our volunteer form to get signed up and connected to other people in your region.

If your question isn't answered here, feel free to email us at [email protected], and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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