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The Future of Climate Change (Literally!)

Mar 8, 2018 | Comments Off on 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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YEA Camper Activist Spotlight: We Want to Be Like Joshua Pipe When We Grow Up

Feb 28, 2018 | Comments Off on YEA Camper Activist Spotlight: We Want to Be Like Joshua Pipe When We Grow Up

Joshua Pipe seems like he’s been coming to YEA Camp for many years, but he really just made a big impression at his two sessions and has stayed in touch ever since. Josh is the type of 15-year-old who mentions Supreme Court cases you’ve never heard of (remember Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier?) in passing conversation and…

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YEA Camper Activist Spotlight: Jace of All Trades

Feb 23, 2018 | Comments Off on YEA Camper Activist Spotlight: Jace of All Trades

YEA Camp Activist Spotlight: A Jace of All Trades YEA Campers around the country are doing inspiring things to make a difference on so many causes. We’re thrilled that as part of this new Activist Spotlight series, we are getting to learn more about what they’re up to and share their activist stories with you…

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YEA Camper Activist Profile: Phoebe Collver-Freeland, the “Coolest Vegan Alive”

Feb 8, 2018 | Comments Off on YEA Camper Activist Profile: Phoebe Collver-Freeland, the “Coolest Vegan Alive”

Phoebe Collver-Freeland has been an incredible advocate for animals since she was 11 years old. When we first met Phoebe, when she attended YEA Camp for the first time in 2013, she was very quiet, but every day of camp she wore a t-shirt that had a powerful message about compassion for animals. Throughout the…

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How I Learned to Give a Cluck

Jan 30, 2018 | Comments Off on 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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New Summer Camp Trains Adults to Change the World

Jan 3, 2018 | Comments Off on New Summer Camp Trains Adults to Change the World

This summer, progressives will have a new training program to help them get more involved in activism for social justice causes. At least if they’re over 18. Twelve to 17-year-olds have a training too, though that’s nothing new. Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a teen leadership camp that has trained over 600 young people to make…

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Our Favorite YEA Camp Memories of 2017

Dec 31, 2017 | Comments Off on 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

Nov 7, 2017 | Comments Off on 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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Leadership Camp for Teen Activists Comes to Southern California

May 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Leadership Camp for Teen Activists Comes to Southern California

YEA Camp’s 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 unique overnight camps for activist-minded teens across the country. This summer, for the first time, YEA Camp will be holding a session in Southern California, in the beautiful Angeles…

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How Our School Play Woke Us Up to Racism

May 15, 2017 | Comments Off on 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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