Youth Call for Proposals


The youth Call for Proposals is now closed.

We want exciting and engaging youth session proposals for the 2019 NESAWG conference and yours may be one of them! Our conference will be held in Jersey City, NJ on November 7th, 8th, and 9th. We look for youth sessions that tackle systemic issues with engaging activities and presentations that prioritize young leadership and voices of those most impacted by the issue discussed. Priority will be given to sessions presented by traditionally underrepresented groups, people of color, immigrants, young women, low and moderate income people, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people). You will be asked to indicate this representation in the form.

What is the youth track?

The youth track is composed of sessions led by youth leaders 13-18 years old from around the Northeast sharing stories, skills, and community. 


Please carefully read all the information below before submitting your session. If you have any questions, contact Malaika at [email protected].

  • The deadline for submitting a session is September 9th, 2019 at 9:00am Eastern time
  • All youth track submissions must be developed by or in collaboration with youth between 13-18 years old and feature them as presenters or session leaders.
  • Session blocks will be 75 minutes long. 
  • You may submit as many proposals as you want.
  • Proposals will be reviewed and approved by the NESAWG Conference Planning Committee and submitters will be notified by email by the beginning of September. 
  • The submitter is responsible for confirming all presenters and communicating details and logistics to them.
  • Presenters must register for and attend at least one day of the conference.
  • Presenters in sessions selected for inclusion agree to help with publicity. Sample announcements for various media (such as Facebook and Twitter posts) will be available.
  • Please do not submit proposals that include presenters who have not expressed either a commitment or interest in presenting.
  • You will be able to edit your submission after you submit it, and up until the deadline.
  • Click here to download a copy of the questions for review. Note that you must submit your session through the form. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

In general, we prioritize sessions that:

  • Feature presenters from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, particularly those who have been excluded from or underrepresented in the local/sustainable food movement
  • Are interactive, participatory, and allow significant time for discussion and other engagement among attendees; draw from the collective knowledge and wisdom of session attendees to advance thinking on the topic
  • Consider equity issues in food systems work
  • Create energetic welcoming spaces where attendees feel safe and comfortable to ask questions, interact, engage and avoid the excessive use of academic jargon or acronyms.
  • We typically DO NOT include sessions that:
  • Promote new products, books, speaking tours, businesses, etc.
  • Are meant to educate individuals about personal lifestyle choices, such as dietary changes.
  • Feature lecture style presentations of just one presenter with little to no engagement with the participants

NESAWG provides:

  • If your session is chosen full scholarships will be provided for up to four youth presenters and one leader. Presenters can apply for additional assistance based on financial need. Presenters 25 and under living more than 50 miles from the conference site can also apply for travel/lodging scholarships. 
  • Flip charts, projectors and screens, computer speakers if needed, and sound systems for rooms that require it. All rooms will have basic internet access but not enough to stream video. Rooms will be set up classroom or theatre style, depending on the size of the room. We’ll do our best to accommodate additional supply requests and room set up needs but cannot guarantee it. All presenters must supply their own laptop computers and any special adapters needed to connect their laptops to projector cables.

To learn about the kinds of sessions featured at NESAWG Conferences, read session descriptions from our 2017 and 2016 conferences. Please email Malaika at [email protected] if you have any questions that cannot be answered with the above information.