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Our Favorite YEA Camp Memories of 2017

by former YEA Campers Danielle Holtz and Ananya Singh The ninth summer of Youth Empowered Action Camp was one for the books! From reaching more campers than ever before, to new workshops, to eating incredible food from our YEA Camp chefs, summer 2017 was spent having lots of laughs, honing new skills in activism, and…

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Another Amazing YEA Camp Summer Brings Inspiration and Firsts

Describing YEA Camp after each summer always feels like an impossible task. How do you tell the stories of each of the young leaders whose experience at YEA Camp helps them find their voice, step into their power, and have what many call the best week of their life? That’s our standard, incredible experience every summer,…

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How Our School Play Woke Us Up to Racism

by Joshua Pipe, YEA Camper There was a collective gasp among the crowd of 500-some ninth and tenth graders as we sat, in our school auditorium, watching our friends perform the musical “Ragtime,” as fictional Fire Chief Willy Conklin referred to Coalhouse Walker, Jr., one of the play’s three main characters, as a slur none…

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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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10 Ways This Unique Summer Camp Will Help Teens Resist Trump

Have you noticed that since the election a lot of young people — even many who were too young to vote —have gotten more engaged than ever in speaking up for the world they want to live in? We noticed too! Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a summer camp for social change. A week-long overnight leadership…

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YEA Campers Show Up In Force for Women’s March All Over the Country

Last summer, in honor of July 4, YEA Camp held a special mock election, preceded by mock debates, with each major candidate portrayed by campers making their pitch for voters. The camper portraying now-President Trump issued a disclaimer apologizing for what she was about to say, stating that she believed it to be highly offensive…

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How My First March Restored My Faith in Gender Equality

This week’s Women’s March was inspirational to many, and it was especially so for us because so many of our campers and staff attended marches around the country. We love sharing updates from our former campers, who are doing such great things! Paula attended YEA Camp 6 summers ago, and was a counselor in training…

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Sixteen-Year-Old YEA Camper Reports Back from Standing Rock

We are so proud of our former campers and love being able to share their inspiring stories about activism they are doing. Two-time YEA Camper and Youth Advisory Board member Jake Johnson recently traveled all the way from his home state of Missouri to the frigid cold of North Dakota in order to join and…

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YEA Campers Love Turkeys!

Thanksgiving is often happily referred to as “Turkey Day,” but many people have never actually considered the turkey.   Turkeys are much more complex animals than most people give them credit for. They are friendly, loving animals and of comparable intelligence to the dogs and cats so many of us care about. Unfortunately, though, they…

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