youth activism

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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YEA Camper Activist Spotlight: Paula Orrego’s Activism Journey

Paula Orrego was a YEA Camper all the way back in 2011, but it’s kind of like she never left! Paula became a counselor in training (CIT) the next summer, when she turned 18, and she has stayed in touch with us ever since. She’s also been doing activism ever since! Paula even blogged for…

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YEA Camper Activist Spotlight: Lauren Scheller-Wolfe Is a Star

When we first met Lauren Scheller-Wolf at YEA Camp, she was a little bit reserved, but we have learned over the years that sometimes our quieter campers do the most activism! Lauren shows that activists can make a difference while working to address several different causes and pursuing multiple passions. Not only does Lauren volunteer…

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The Future of Climate Change (Literally!)

By Ananya Singh When I first attended YEA Camp New York 2015, my passion for social justice, particularly climate justice, was ignited. Since then, I have worked with lots of groups on social issues, and have discovered a passion in climate justice. Recently, I have been getting connected with other student activists interested in this…

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How I Learned to Give a Cluck

By Lizzy Ellis A gentle fall breeze cascades down my driveway. As I get off the bus, Lightning the chicken waddles over, scattering the leaves as she goes. I lean down and she hops right up onto my shoulder. Together, we walk up the driveway in the dappled sunlight. But my journey with Lightning began…

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How YEA Camp Helped Me Help Haiti

By Erin Manuel, YEA Camper On January 12th, 2010, a terrible earthquake hit the island of Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Seven-year-old me saw the photos of tumbled buildings and crying children all over the internet, and my very first thought was that I needed to help. Seeing children just like me suddenly…

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Leadership Camp for Teen Activists Comes to Southern California

Since 2009, Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, a summer camp for social change, has been holding life-changing overnight camps for youth across the country. This summer, for the first time, YEA Camp will be holding a session in Southern California, in the beautiful Angeles National Forest. Pressed by the current political climate, young people all across…

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