Posts Tagged ‘youth activism’

Reflections from the New York City Climate Strike

By Maggie Berke I began September’s Climate Strike at a church packed with teenagers and their chaperones, and wondered if I was the only non-religious person there. St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity, a quick walk from Foley Square, opened their space, gave free breakfast and paint and cardboard to all of us. I met up…

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Meet Some of the Youth Leading #ClimateStrikes in the US

We were so inspired by the massive outpouring of climate strikes and environmental activism throughout the world this past Friday, sparked by the comitted action of one person, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, launching a school strike all the way across the world in Sweden. The whole phenomenon reminds us and probably many YEA Campers of a…

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YEA Camp Helped Me Develop the Confidence to Be an Activist

By Hannah White This summer, I was able to go to the truly life-changing place that is YEA Camp. At camp, I met so many young people with the same passion as me. This made it easy to make lots of friends that helped me expand my knowledge and encouraged me to make change in…

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Finding Out What It Is To Be An Activist at YEA Camp

By Chloe Howe Climate change, war, hunger, animal abuse, racism. When I was younger, I always felt these were major problems. Things I wanted to end. But ending even one of them seemed impossible. I thought about it in the same way I thought about being struck by lightning or having a super power. It…

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A Different Approach to Self-Care for Activists in the Age of Trump

By Nora Kramer Even if you’re lucky enough not to be targeted directly, just watching the news or even our social media feeds these days bring a daily assault on so many issues progressives care about: human rights and equality, environmental protection, animal welfare, and the state of our democracy and our discourse, for starters.…

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YEA Camp Celebrates 10 Years of Tofurky Sandwiches

As a summer camp for social change, we at YEA Camp recognize the huge impact of our food choices on the planet, other species, workers, global food access, and our own health. While we have always had many campers and staff who aren’t vegetarian or vegan, an important feature of YEA Camp since the beginning…

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What Does It Mean To Be An Activist?

YEA Camp is a social justice leadership camp that trains aspiring teen and adult activists to make a bigger difference on the causes they care about. But not everybody feels completely comfortable taking on the title of “activist.” Sometimes our campers even insist that they’re not activists — even though they have done all kinds of…

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Student Activism On a (Time) Budget

By Aine Pipe From honors classes to soccer practices and everything in between, the lives of most students can be incredibly busy. With school responsibilities like getting good grades, getting into a good college (if that’s one’s plan) and responsibilities at home, like chores or babysitting siblings, or even an after-school job, activism often gets…

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Finding a Sense of Belonging at Activism Summer Camp

By Sana Doctor I remember when my mom came up to me, talking about a camp for activism she had found. She encouraged me to attend. I planned to go with people I know, and I’m active in community service, so I said yes. After I filled out the application, the doubt set in. I…

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Too Young To Vote But Not Too Young For Politics

By Ananya Singh Just a few weeks ago, I started an internship with a congressional campaign in my home state of New Jersey. The stakes for this election are so high, which makes me extremely excited to be involved in an impactful way! This year is critical because we have a chance to flip districts…

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