USY is partnering with Etgar 36 for the Civil Rights Convention. Etgar 36 uses the Civil Rights narrative as a way to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to take the next step beyond social action: social activism.
This experience uses the history, sites, and current issues as a springboard to highlight the relationship, and at times, the tension, of the Jewish and American identity. This convention will be a mix of fun, sightseeing, education, and meetings with organizations and people who have been and are still involved in creating America.
Etgar 36’s goal is to inspire and empower teens to find their voice, get involved in the Jewish tradition of social activism, and create change in their local community using the lessons they learn on the road, which aligns perfectly with what USY strives to do.
This convention will be in Georgia and Alabama. All ground transportation from location to location is provided as part of this trip.
Travel to Atlanta is not included in the cost of the USY Civil Rights Convention.
Transportation will be arranged to and from Hartsfield/Jackson Airport (ATL). USY staff will meet participants at Hartfields/Jackson Airport in Atlanta, where the group will board a bus and head to Alabama for Shabbat.
Flights into Atlanta must land in ATL by 8pm on Thursday Jan 12 and depart from ATL after 5pm on Sunday Jan 15th.
If you are driving, drop-off is at 8:30 on Thursday, Jan 12th and pick up is at 2:30pm on Jan 15th. Drop off will be at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Atlanta Fairburn.
Convention will take place from 8:30pm on Thursday Jan 12th until 2:30pm on Sunday, Jan 15th. Those who live near Atlanta may locally drop off and pick up teens at convention.
If you can’t find a time within our travel windows please be in touch directly with [email protected] to discuss travel.
If you have paid your airline for your child to travel as an unaccompanied minor, please email [email protected], so we can let you know in advance which staff member will be at the airport to meet your child (the airline will need this information to release your child). An unaccompanied minor is defined as an individual, five to 14 years old, traveling without a companion 15 years of age or older on the same domestic flight and in the same compartment.
All Jewish teens in grades 8-12 are invited to attend, regardless of previous USY participation or experience.
Both regional and international scholarships are available to USY members. If you need scholarship, start your registration. One of the questions asks if you need additional financial assistance, click yes, and fill out our 1 page scholarship application. We will get back to you within 2 weeks with how much scholarship you have been awarded.
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All attendees must show proof of full vaccination. Vaccination cards must be uploaded as part of the registration process.
The USY medical committee oversees all programs and activities based on current public health recommendations and will continue to provide guidance for the summit and all USY programs. The safety of our participants continues to be our highest priority. Protocols will be updated based on CDC guidelines for gatherings.
All participants are in rooms with two double beds. There are four participants assigned to each room. Participants can request up to three friends, however, we cannot guarantee that all requests are fulfilled. We will do our best to fulfill mutual requests.
Etgar 36 uses the Civil Rights narrative as a way to provide participants with the tools and inspiration to take the next step beyond social action: social activism.
Our Civil Rights journey uses the history, sites, and current issues as a springboard to highlight the relationship, and at times, the tension, of the Jewish and American identity. The journeys are a mix of fun, sightseeing, education, and meetings with organizations and people who have been and are still involved in creating America.
The Etgar 36 staff serves as educators, discussion leaders, and logistic planners for your Journey. We take care of every aspect of your Journey, including transportation, meals, housing, site seeing, and education. We will also serve as tour guides along with the local contacts we have in each city you will visit.
Our goal is to inspire and empower your group to find their voice, get involved in the Jewish tradition of social activism, and create change in your local community using the lessons they learn on the road.