Virtual via Zoom - October 14-17, 2022

VIP Registration ends September 30!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

3rd Annual Conference – October 14-17, 2022

Thank you for your interest in becoming a sponsor or strategic partner for The Amish Heritage Foundation’s Religion & Amish Education: 50 Years of Wisconsin v. Yoder conference.

Format

This year we’re going virtual. But this won’t be a webinar or a Zoom call. We’ll host an immersive, international experience, streamed live and with real-time audience Q&A over 4 days.

We’ll feature 16 speakers, 4 film screenings, 4 panels, and 3 workshops.

In addition, we’ll have an in-person VIP Speakers Meet & Greet before the first day of the conference, and end with a Closing Reception.

Past Sponsors Include:

Our Audience

When you support The Amish Heritage Foundation as a sponsor or promotional partner, you gain access to:

1) A unique and gifted audience that is emerging onto the world stage: insular- and fundamentalist-raised individuals from not only the Amish population, but also from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish, Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, Mennonite, evangelical/born-again, and home-schooled populations

2) Legal and health professionals, policymakers, social workers, and educators who want to advocate for underserved, underrepresented, and educationally deprived or disadvantaged populations and help make education a federal Constitutional right for all US citizens

What Past Attendees Say:

A huge thanks to Torah Bontrager for creating a transformative space for the invisible exiters of worlds to meet, see each other and connect.

I had the privilege of attending a historic and transformative conference (first of its kind in 300+ years!), organized and hosted by The Amish Heritage Foundation, where I learned so much, heard amazing and inspirational stories, and met so many fascinating people.

It seemed like many of us were worlds apart — former Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Amish, Mennonites, Muslims, etc. However, over the course of the conference, I came to realize that we had more similarities than differences. All of us had left a rigid, structured, prescribed, cookie-cutter, and cult-like lifestyle in order to live our own truth, to live authentically, and to have choices in life.

Sponsorship Levels & Types

Call/WhatsApp +1-212-634-4255 or book a call to discuss the best option for you.

Or email us directly: sponsor [at] AmishHeritage.org

Financial Sponsorship

Media Sponsorship

In-Kind Sponsorship

Promotional Partners

Each sponsorship package includes a combination of some or all of these benefits:

Admission tickets for sale and distribution; hosting specific talks, panels, workshops, or film screenings; your logo featured on the conference website, program materials, our email list, and/or our social media campaigns; in-person Speakers Meet & Greet VIP Reception, and other benefits.

We aim to make each sponsor’s investment in our 4-day conference worthwhile.

We’ll work with you to construct a package that’s aligned with your particular interests.

Whether you’re most eager to receive tickets to the conference, advertising space, public recognition, in-person Speakers Meet & Greet reception, or other benefits, we’ll work with you to design a package that fits your priorities.

Experts, educators, writers, researchers, and journalists who can talk about the legal, educational, religious, or political aspects of 50 years of the Wisconsin v. Yoder case

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the intersection of religion and education, specifically in terms of the ways in which the rights of individuals (children and/or adults) in insular and fundamentalist religious communities are being compromised or violated as a result of the higher status given to religious rights

Health professionals including social workers, medical, mental, and dental to share the challenges they encounter serving an educationally deprived population (e.g., Amish, Ultra Orthodox Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Muslim, etc.)

Panelists to be part of the following:

1) Nontraditional or First Generation College Students panel to share their educational experience (if you were discouraged or prohibited from going to high school or college, faced challenges from having been home-schooled, or attended a parochial or religious school).

This panel is open to anyone (not restricted to women and LGBTQIA+).

2) Personal Stories panel to either share your journey transitioning out of an insular or fundamentalist group or the challenges of straddling two worlds (partly inside, partly outside). If you’re concerned about protecting your identity, you can participate via audio only and we can distort the audio.

This panel is open to anyone (not restricted to women and LGBTQIA+).

4) Myths About the Amish in Pop Culture panel to discuss rumspringa and other fictions passed off as truth in reality TV, documentaries, books, and works by self-proclaimed academic experts such as Donald Kraybill, et al. If you’re a creative (e.g., writer, researcher, film/tv producer, actor, editor, casting, crew, etc.), who was or is part of Amish-themed projects, we want you on this panel to have a real, raw, honest discussion about how the portrayal of Amish society in pop culture is helping or hurting Amish women and children. And most of all, how the entertainment industry could pivot to generating consistent messaging/stories that advocate for the protections of Amish women, children, and LGBTQIA+.

This panel is open to anyone (not restricted to women and LGBTQIA+).

3) Education & Women’s Equality panel to discuss the status of women in your community of origin and how that affects (or not) the level of education you receive. The discussion will include sharing your vision for giving women equal status in your culture, the challenges you face to change the status quo, and what the general public can do to help support members from your community who want to further their education.

Workshops aimed toward providing tools, resources, and community to individuals from insular or fundamentalist religious backgrounds, so they have safer alternatives when transitioning or considering making the leap into mainstream society.

Films that address the cost of religious freedom, particularly at the expense of individual citizens’ freedom and rights. We’re looking for films that deal with religious trauma, religious fanaticism/extremism/brainwashing, and educational deprivation. Ideally the film is a documentary or based on a true story, but we’re also open to fiction if the script is aligned with our conference and AHF’s mission.

Fill out the form so we know a little about your ideas/needs/wants.

Or call/WhatsApp 212-634-4255 to schedule a quick chat.

Or email us directly: sponsor [at] AmishHeritage.org

Sponsor or Promotional Partner Inquiry

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What Past Attendees Say:

This kind of space, in which almost everyone there carried an invisible history and world inside them, but an invisible world made visible just by showing up, enabled a profound kind of generosity around learning and sharing, the likes of which I have not experienced in the wider intersectional world.

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