Posts Tagged ‘social change’

YEA Camp Celebrates Success with First Ever Volunteer-a-Thon

Since YEA Camp was founded in 2009, we’ve been fortunate to work with some seriously talented young people (and, since 2018, seriously talented adults)! We are so proud when former campers write us, sharing stories of their activism and the ways they are making a difference in their communities and we are so proud of…

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Thank You for Another Great Year of YEA

As year-end specials begin to flood our television programming and 2020 calendars stock the shelves at our local bookstores, we once more find ourselves reflecting on another incredible year with YEA Camp.  Here are some of the highlights from YEA Camp 2019. Our 11th Summer This was our 11th summer hosting YEA Camp for teens…

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Looking Back at YEA Camp 5 Years Later

By Leah Kelly As the decade comes to a close, I reflect on the experiences that got me where I am today, as an activist and as a person. Five and a half years ago, as a 15-year-old, I attended Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp for the first time and my life was changed immeasurably.…

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We Asked Our Campers to Finish This Sentence

For over a decade, YEA Camp has been training aspiring activists to make a bigger difference in the world. At this time of year, when we are fundraising in order to be able to continue doing this work, we asked some of our campers and staff to reflect on what difference YEA Camp really made…

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YEA Campers Triple Impact through Volunteer-a-Thon

Earlier this month, YEA Camp launched the first ever Volunteer-a-Thon, an online fundraising campaign that encourages people to get more involved in community service and activism all while raising awareness for a cause they care about.  By having friends and family sponsor them in this activism, participants are raising money for the YEA Camp Scholarship…

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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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How 1 Random Email Turned Into an Unexpected Miracle

YEA Camp may be celebrating the ten year anniversary of hosting life-changing camps for world-changing teens but that doesn’t mean we forgot about the 18+ crowd. After years of adults asking us to create camp for them, we listened. In 2018, we launched the first ever session of YEA Camp for Adults. YEA Camp for…

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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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