YEA Camp


YES, we're talking to YOU!

What if this summer camp could change your life forever?


What if you could spend a week of your summer learning to make a huge difference in the world, while also meeting amazing like-minded friends, finding your voice, and having a ridiculously fun time all at once? 

*Btw, we pronounce "YEA" to rhyme with "hey"!


What if it could launch you towards a future where you believe in yourself and know that you are making a real difference on important issues in our world, like racism or the environment, bullying or animal rights?

YEA Camp will show you how.


What if it could launch you towards a future where you believe in yourself and know that you are making a real difference on important issues in our world, like racism or the environment, bullying or animal rights?

YEA Camp will show you how.


“Words cannot describe how fun and life-changing this experience has been. Before this camp, my dream to end bullying at my school was dead and seemed unreachable. I had no idea how to stop it. Thanks to YEA Camp, I now have the confidence and skills to go out into the world and make a difference and turn my dreams into reality.”

–Paula, 17, California

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Did we mention eating awesome food, being out in nature, (re)discovering how amazing you are, and having something great to add to your college applications? 

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a summer camp for social change. 

We help 12-17 year-olds from all over the country (and even other countries!) make a difference on a cause they care about -- all while having one of the best experiences of their life.
If you're concerned about the problems in our world and want to learn how you can help solve them, YEA Camp is meant for you!
See you this summer?

Benefits of YEA Camp

Benefits of YEA Camp

  • Strengthen your confidence and belief in yourself
  • Develop amazingly close friendships with super nice people who care as much as you do
  • Get tons of ideas and examples of ways you can make a difference
  • Gain individualized mentorship from experienced staff and like-minded peers in our small camp environment
  • Find your voice to speak up about what’s important to you
  • Deepen your understanding of the problems in our world and how to fix them
  • Learn skills you can apply right away to make a difference in your community
  • Improve your people skills while also caring less what others think of you
  • Become part of an inspiring community who will cheer you on long after camp ends
  • Have the best week of your life!*
    *That’s seriously how many of our campers describe it.

“I wanted to let you know how wonderful and vital your YEA camp was for our daughter! She not only loved her time there, but she came back with something which I believe will be of lasting value to her, namely a sense that she can make a difference in the world.”

- Mike, dad of Jesse, 13, California


Whether you’ve already done a lot to fix a problem you see, or you don’t even know where to begin, doesn't matter. As long as you want to make the world a better place, you’ll fit right in!

You will leave YEA Camp with new skills, an action plan to make an impact on issues you care about, self-confidence through the roof, and an awesome community of new friends and mentors to root you on for years to come!
The more than 500 teens who have gone to YEA Camp commonly describe it as one of the best experiences of their life. They go on to do amazing, inspiring things to make a difference -- from starting school environmental clubs that improve recycling at school, to raising funds to help the homeless, to getting an internship with a favorite nonprofit, and so much more.
“I felt extremely welcomed and accepted at YEA. The tight community bond we formed was incredible. The creation of such a tight-knit community in a week is magical. I learned everything and more that I need to be an effective advocate. All aspects of the camp contribute to the best experience of someone’s life. This is the experience of a lifetime.”
– Jaliessa, 17, Oregon


Check out these Cliff Notes.

(Hint: Always read the book.)

Day 1
  • Get settled in and help us create a safe space for everyone
  • Play tons of games to the point that you forget to be self conscious or that as of a little while ago you didn’t even know anyone here
  • Make amazing new friends you feel closer to than some of your friends at home. Yes, this will happen on the first day.
  • Recognize that you belong in this inspiring and supportive community of changemakers
  • Explore the beautiful hiking trails and natural environment we are staying in
  • Learn about past movements and activists who have helped advance social justice
  • Deepen your understanding of the most significant social issues of our time and how they are interconnected
  • Share about your own passions and be inspired by other people’s
  • Feel appreciated and proud of yourself for caring so much
  • Check in on how camp is going and offer your input so everyone has a great experience
  • Strengthen your communication skills to collaborate better and get your message across confidently and effectively even with people who disagree with you
  • Learn about what’s wrong with consumerism and go “shopping” at our Really Really Free Market!
  • Camper Choice Night! Dance party, kareoke, or game night, anyone?
  • Strengthen your understanding of social justice issues like racism, sexism, and homophobia
  • Look deeply at the issue of bullying and create healing for yourself and others to not believe the hurtful things people have told you
  • Choose your IOI (issue of importance) you want to focus on and meet with your staff mentor and small group of campers passionate about the same issues you are.
  • Do a life-changing activity that will help you find your voice and care less about what others think of you
Day 5
  • Analyze the wide variety of ways to make a difference and tools to help you decide what to do
  • Build skills to inspire others to make a difference - things like fundraising, running a school club, and grassroots outreach.
  • Arts Activism! Use your creativity to make a difference and collaborate on a project of your choice, such as spoken word, song, mural, or dance.
  • Courageously and safely explore the challenging emotions that we as caring people concerned about our world may feel
Day 6
  • Meet with your small group to start developing your action plan for after camp.
  • Learn about different organizations working on your cause and ways you can get involved with them.
  • Confront and move beyond limiting beliefs you have about yourself. (We all have them!)
  • The YEA Show! This is our version of a talent show. You can do something goofy and hilarious with fellow campers, perform a traditional "talent" or inform us about a cause you care about
day 7
  • Changemaker Olympics! YEA Camp’s superfun version of color wars, this is your chance to try out applying everything you learned all week
  • Create and present your action plan and get the standing ovation you deserve
  • Be so inspired by everyone else’s plans your hope for humanity will go through the roof
  • Night hike to celebrate and appreciate our special time together
  • Promise to keep in touch -- you'd better!
  • Share with family members about our awesome week and be part of our special YEA Camp graduation
  • Try not to cry when it's time to go home! But it’s OK, we all probably will. Plus, there's nothing wrong with crying, It's just proof that you’re human.
  • Give so many hugs and then text and "friend" everyone from the car on the way home
  • Bring your inspiration and positivity home with you and share it freely

Excited? Good!

Make sure the dates work for you, talk to the fam, and then get yourself to YEA Camp this summer!

It won't be the same without you.


Great! We can't wait to meet you!


We got you covered!  


Great! We can't wait to meet you!


We got you covered!  

How many days left til summer vacation?
We’re too excited to count….

Hope to see you soon!

We are so grateful for our incredible camp sponsors who help make YEA Camp possible ... and delicious.