Who should attend the conference?
The National Young Feminist Leadership Conference is the signature annual event of the Choices Campus Leadership Program—the world’s largest pro-choice feminist student network. We highly recommend that attendees be college students passionate about fighting for social justice. High school students and recent grads are welcome, as well as all young folks interested in learning more about feminist issues and seeking to engage politically in your community.
How can this conference help me on campus?
The goal of this conference is to embolden and prepare young women to become the social and political leaders of our generation. Attendees who are members of a FMLA or feminist campus group will learn specific skills to strengthen and grow their campus feminist organization. Individuals not currently in a campus group will learn how to recruit members, build coalitions, and create sustainable leadership structures. All attendees will gain deeper knowledge about feminist issues and will have the opportunity to attend trainings related to direct action campaigns. Attendees will also have the opportunity to build alliances with feminists from across the country and build a larger organizing network in their own region.
Where is the conference?
The main conference is held in Crystal City, Virginia—about 15 minutes from Washington DC. Panels and workshops scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will take place at the DoubleTree hotel in Crystal City, VA. On Monday, Congressional Visit Day takes place at a venue on Capitol Hill.
Is the venue accessible?
The DoublelTree is wheelchair accessible. However, for those with access needs, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what sort of arrangements you need so that we can notify the facilities department in advance and provide you with more detailed information before your arrival.
What is included in the cost?
- Two days of workshops, leadership trainings, and exposure to leaders and activists from across the country
- Congressional Visit Day and the opportunity to engage one-on-one with U.S. Senators and Representatives
- Conference materials, informational handouts, and fact sheets
- Continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning
Are there scholarships available?
At this time, we do not offer scholarships; however, we work with students on a case-by-case basis to help activists attend the conference. We cannot guarantee any assistance for lodging or transportation. Individuals and groups hoping to raise money for the conference can check out our fundraising page for ideas and tips, and attendees can reach out to one another for ridesharing, carpooling, and lodging requests on the event Facebook page.
When should I arrive at the conference?
The conference will begin on Saturday morning. Attendees who are traveling from out of state should arrive Friday night before the first day of the conference to ensure they don’t miss the morning activities.
What should I wear?
The conference itself is business casual—whatever you typically wear to class (including your favorite feminist buttons) is appropriate. If you’re participating in Congressional Visit Day, you should bring a suit or slacks / business skirt and a professional blouse. Check out photos from last year if you want inspiration!
Are press passes available?
The National Young Feminist Leadership Conference is about grassroots organizing, community building, and empowering feminist activists to lead the fight. Due to the confidential and personal nature of some of the material, we do not distribute press passes for this event.
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