About YEA Camp

Youth Empowered Action Camp is a life-changing camp for world-changing teens — now with a camp for adults too!

Thanks for your interest in YEA (rhymes with Hey!) Camp and making our world a better place!

OK, we admit we’re biased, but YEA Camp really might be the most amazing place on the planet.

Where else can you be surrounded by ridiculously nice people who want to change the world — and who want to do everything they can to help YOU make a huge difference too?

Plus, it’s camp, so you know it’ll be fun!

Who We Are

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Not your typical summer camp counselors.

Every summer since YEA Camp began in 2009, we've brought together the most amazing group of changemakers we can find to help train our campers to make a bigger difference on social justice issues from climate change to racism, gay rights to animal rights.

Seeing the impact our camp was making for a decade's worth of teens, and recognizing that adults need this type of training too, we launched our first camp for adults in 2018.

We have a ton of experience working on a variety of causes and want to support you in making a bigger difference on the issues most important to you.

Our youth and adult campers go on to do such inspiring things -- from raising thousands of dollars for the causes of their choice, launching voter registration drives, changing school and corporate policies, organizing rallies, and so much more. And many of the nearly 1,000 campers who have gone through our programs commonly describe YEA Camp as critically important in helping them to get more active on a cause they care about -- or even as one of the greatest experiences of their life.

We're here to help you make a bigger difference in a way that inspires you -- because we could all use a little help changing the world.

Learn More About Our Work

Read our ebook, The Beginner's Guide to Changing the World, for free to learn more about our approach to activism and to take your change-making to new heights!

Watch our video about YEA Camp for Adults to learn more about this unique and fun training to help aspiring activists make a bigger difference.

We recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary of YEA Camp! Read this retrospective from our founder. 

Meet Our Founder!

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Nora Kramer

Founder & Executive Director

It took 8 years from when our founder, Nora Kramer, first had the idea to start a summer camp for aspiring activists until finally launching YEA Camp in 2009.

During those 8 years, she set out to become the person she felt she needed to be to run the life-changing and world-changing camp she wanted to exist. Obsessed, she worked as a full-time activist, got her teaching credential and taught high school English, spent 3 years in intensive communication and leadership training and coaching, studied social movements and many interconnected social injustices, and worked at and learned from 4 different camps around the country that were the closest thing she could find to what she envisioned. 

Now in our second decade of YEA Camp, Nora has spent about half of her life devoted to training others to make a bigger difference on the social justice causes they care most about.

Meet Some of Our Amazing YEA Camp Staff!

Most of our staff only work at 1-2 sessions per summer, and we may still be finalizing who will be working at which session, but check out some of the bios of our staff below to get a sense of the type of people who work at YEA Camp, if not the exact staff members for your upcoming session. 

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Laura Carver

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Aaron Sorto

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Danielle Holtz

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Martina Gaurderer

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Monica Carr

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Natalie Christensen

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Jeri Schneider

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Amanda Farman

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Jessa Carter

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Leanne Alaman

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Alice Ragland

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Diana Frances

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Melissa Bergman

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Pierce Delahunt

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Anthony Pizzo

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Hannah Rosenberg

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Erin Hiebert

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Amber Canavan

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Elizabeth Buechele

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Ananya Singh

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Kameke Brown

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Michael McLendon

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Shelby Kim

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Miranda Snyder

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Rachael Weinberg

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Joyce Frink

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Anthony Cruz

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Andina Aste-Nieto

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Charles Orgbon

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Lydia Harris

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Michael Starkey

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Xiao Kuang

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Chloe Pearson

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Jen Hung

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Katerra Martin

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Want to get more involved in YEA Camp?

Great!

You can find out more about our youth campworking or volunteering with us, donating to us, or otherwise contacting us for more information here.

Thanks so much for your interest in our work and for all you do to make our world a better place.

Hope to see you at a future summer of YEA Camp!