Who goes to YEA Camp and what difference does it make for them?
Glad you asked!
Since 2009, nearly 500 campers from more than half the states in the US and 8 other countries have attended YEA Camp. Our campers come from diverse backgrounds, have a variety of passions, and have different levels of experience, but one thing everyone at YEA Camp has in common is the desire to make our world a better place.
We feel pretty confident in saying that the people who attend YEA Camp are some of the most inspiring, kind, and positive people you are likely to meet.
Thankfully they like us too. :)
YEA Camp is all about what you do when camp ends.
Think of it like this: If you went to a basketball camp, you probably wouldn't be going just because you love to play basketball. No matter how good you already were at dribbling, defense, or foul shooting, you'd be going to get better at basketball. Maybe you want to make the team, to play more minutes, to get a scholarship, or just to get better because you love the game.
YEA Camp is the same way -- except for instead of getting better at basketball, campers get better at changing the world.
Our campers go on to do amazing things.
Megan, 12, started a school club called Helping Hands for the Homeless that raised thousands of dollars to help homeless people in Boston.
Gaby, 13, heard about a protest against police brutality in New York City after the death of Eric Garner. She wasn't able to attend herself, so she did the next best thing: she educated as many people as possible about it at her school, and thanks to her a group of students and teachers attended.
Bernie, 15, worked as a leader in his school's Green Team to get a composting program implemented at his school.
Josh, 13, gave a presentation about fundraising to the Board of Directors of the animal sanctuary he volunteers at. We asked him if he had had any fundraising experience before our fundraising workshop at camp, and he said, "No, actually, it was just the workshop was incredibly helpful. Really the whole camp in general was."
Leah, 17, worked tirelessly to get Meatless Mondays implemented in her Connecticut school district.
Orianna, 14, asked a teacher at her middle school if she could teach a weekly class about social issues, and he said yes! So far she has taught about issues related to gender, racism, and consumerism. (Check back for Orianna's blog post about her experience!)
Joyce, 14, has given talks at her school about the issue of bullying, organized schoolwide clothing drives, and attended her first ever rally, which she wrote about for our blog and brought her mom too.
Natalie, 14, is a huge advocate for animals. She has gathered signatures for a statewide ballot initiative in Massachusetts sponsored by the Humane Society of the US, she has passed out leaflets, protested the circus, volunteered at an animal sanctuary, and more.
This is just a drop in the bucket.
Check back for a much more expanded section highlighting our campers' inspiring accomplishments!
Many campers collaborate with their new camp friends to make a difference!
From having a buddy to meet up with to hand out leaflets or to attend an event, to organizing something big together, many YEA Campers stay in touch and work together after camp ends.
For example, many of our campers are passionate supporters of Farm Sanctuary, which rescues farm animals in need. In 2016, YEA Campers from all over the country participated in the sanctuary's annual Walk For Farm Animals fundraiser, including 10 who met up and walked and fundraised together in the New York walk and 4 in Boston.
Groups of campers and staff have also met up at local VegFests, Bernie Sanders rallies, the People's Climate March in New York City, and more.
And of course, in this day and age, there is a huge online support system for YEA Campers through our private Facebook groups and people having friends who care as much as they do about important causes.
Community is important for our effectiveness and also for our morale - for staying positive and enjoying life while working to make life better for others - and we love to see our campers keep our YEA Camp community alive long after camp ends.
Click twice on a camper to see what they have to say about YEA Camp!
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