Posts Tagged ‘youth leadership’

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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A Renewed Sense of Purpose and Hope from Working at YEA Camp

By Martina Gauderer July of 2019 will go down in my personal history as one of the most dynamic, immersive, joyous, challenging and inspiring summer adventures of my life. It was the month I spent on staff with Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp for both an adult and youth camp session, and I will treasure…

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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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How Following Your Inner Activist Makes You a Happier Person

By Camilla Rubis Today, there are a million reasons to unleash your inner activist: combating injustice, educating people on issues you care about, fighting for those without a voice, and the general state of our planet (i.e. THE WORLD DESPERATELY NEEDS HELP) are some that come to mind. But did you know that the pursuit…

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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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How Our Campers Helped Pay Forward Their YEA Camp Experience

By YEA Camp Director Nora Kramer December is a key fundraising month for most nonprofits, and YEA Camp is no different. We rely on donations to bolster our scholarship fund so that we can accept many amazing campers whose families don’t have the funds to pay the full price to attend YEA Camp. This year,…

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