Finding the Motivation for My Activism at YEA Camp

By Elyanna Calle There is a reason why we care. There is an event or a person that has enlightened us, who has taught us to care. I sat down at YEA Camp trying to remember, and I knew right away. My brother was the kindest person I ever knew. His smile lit up the…

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Finding a Sense of Belonging at Activism Summer Camp

By Sana Doctor I remember when my mom came up to me, talking about a camp for activism she had found. She encouraged me to attend. I planned to go with people I know, and I’m active in community service, so I said yes. After I filled out the application, the doubt set in. I…

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Sixteen-Year-Old Vegan Regains Faith in Humanity After YEA Camp

By Eden Curtiss I’ve always loved animals, but until two years ago, I was part of the reason why they were tortured and slaughtered. After finding out about the horrors of animal agriculture, I cut animal products out of my life completely, and as most new vegans tend to be, I was angry and passionate:…

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Too Young To Vote But Not Too Young For Politics

By Ananya Singh Just a few weeks ago, I started an internship with a congressional campaign in my home state of New Jersey. The stakes for this election are so high, which makes me extremely excited to be involved in an impactful way! This year is critical because we have a chance to flip districts…

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A Twelve-Year Old Explains How YEA Camp Changed His Life

By Noam Cohen-Weinberg I came to YEA Camp because I wanted to find a community of people who were as ambitious and open-minded as me and to learn how to become a more effective activist. It was so inspiring to be surrounded by such a forward-thinking and open-minded group of young people aspiring to make…

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YEA Camp Restored My Confidence In Activism

By Mia Drumm This summer, I had the opportunity to attend Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, also known as YEA Camp. I just want to start off by saying that this was a life-changing experience. Never in my life have I ever felt more free and accepted than when I was at YEA Camp. As someone…

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My Experience at the First Ever YEA Camp FOR ADULTS!

By Liz Hixon I’d left Columbus, Ohio, for YEA Camp on the Saturday before check-in day on a nine-hour drive to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in New York. I was screaming in excitement through my open windows on highway 90. Seriously. I was beyond energized for the week and my first time attending a summer camp,…

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