Posts Tagged ‘social justice’

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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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 the 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.…

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BUZZFEED Video About YEA Camp Already Has 75,000+ Views!

This week the massively popular digital media company Buzzfeed released a video about YEA Camp! Buzzfeed’s huge reach meant that the one-minute video got more than 15,000 views in its first hour of posting and over 75,000 views in the first 48 hours! If you click on the video below, your like, comment, or share will…

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YEA Campers Speaking Out and Walking Out Against Gun Violence

Like much of the country, we’ve been so inspired by the activism spearheaded by youth advocating for gun control since the tragic Parkland shooting. We were less surprised than most, though, because we see the activism young people do every day and their passion and ability to make a difference on the causes they care about.…

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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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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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