Welcome to YEA Camp - A Summer Camp for Social Change

Thanks for your interest in YEA (rhymes with Hey!) Camp and making our world a better place!

OK, we admit we’re biased, but YEA Camp really might be the most amazing place on the planet.

Since 2009, we've been training some of the most amazing people on the planet to make a bigger difference on the social justice causes they care about -- all while having what many of our campers call the best week of their life!

Learn More About Our Work

Want help getting started or getting serious in your activism?

Download our ebook, The Beginner's Guide to Changing the World, for free to learn more about our approach to activism and to take your change-making to new heights!

We're proud to have trained and encouraged thousands of up-and-coming changemakers through our in-person summer camps since 2009!

In 2024, we're reinventing ourselves and taking a hiatus to create new programs to reach even more people in the future. 

It's hard to believe that we've been running YEA Camps for longer than our campers have been alive! We've been at this a while!

We gathered 100 or so of our favorite camper thank you letters to celebrate!

Who We Are

Summer camp for adults

Not your typical summer camp counselors.

Every summer since YEA Camp began in 2009, we've brought together the most amazing group of changemakers we can find to help train our campers to make a bigger difference on social justice issues from climate change to racism, LGBTQ+ rights to animal rights.

Our staff has decades of experience working on a variety of causes and want to support you in making a bigger difference on the issues most important to you.

Our campers go on to do such inspiring things -- from raising thousands of dollars for the causes of their choice, launching voter registration drives, changing school and corporate policies, organizing rallies, and so much more. And many of the more than 1,000 campers who have gone through our programs commonly describe YEA Camp as critically important in helping them to get more active on a cause they care about -- or even as one of the greatest experiences of their life.

We're here to help you make a bigger difference in a way that inspires you -- because we could all use a little help making a big difference.

Meet Our Founder!


Nora Kramer

Founder & Executive Director

It took 8 years from when our founder, Nora Kramer, first had the idea to start a summer camp for aspiring activists until finally launching YEA Camp in 2009.

During those 8 years, she set out to become the person she felt she needed to be to run the life-changing and world-changing camp she wanted to exist. Obsessed, she worked as a full-time activist, got her teaching credential and taught high school English, spent 3 years in intensive communication and leadership training and coaching, studied social movements and many interconnected social injustices, and worked at and learned from 4 different camps around the country that were the closest thing she could find to what she envisioned. 

Now in our second decade of YEA Camp, Nora has spent about half of her life devoted to training others to make a bigger difference on the social justice causes they care most about.

Meet Some of Our Amazing YEA Camp Staff!

Most of our staff only work at 1-2 sessions per summer, and we may still be finalizing who will be working at which/your session, but check out some of the bios of our staff below to get a sense of the type of people who work at YEA Camp, if not the exact staff members for your upcoming session. 


Laura Carver


Aaron Sorto

Danielle Holtz

Danielle Holtz

Martina Gauderer

Martina Gaurderer


Monica Carr

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Natalie Christensen

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Jeri Schneider

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Amanda Farman

Leanne Alaman

Leanne Alaman

Alice Ragland

Alice Ragland


Diana Frances


Melissa Bergman

Youth Empowered Action Camp

Pierce Delahunt

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Anthony Pizzo

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Hannah Rosenberg

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Erin Hiebert

Liz Buechele

Elizabeth Buechele

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Ananya Singh

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Kameke Brown


Michael McLendon


Shelby Kim

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Miranda Snyder

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Rachael Weinberg

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Joyce Frink


Andina Aste-Nieto


Charles Orgbon

Lydia Cohen Harris

Lydia Harris


Michael Starkey

Xiao Kuang

Xiao Kuang

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Chloe Pearson

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Jen Hung

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Katerra Martin

Silly staff who are seriously amazing

Have a question or want to get involved?


Please contact us here.

Thanks so much for your interest in our work and for all you do to make our world a better place.