YEA Camp

A Life-Changing Camp for World-Changing Teens

10 Reasons Adults Should Go To Summer Camp Too

Apr 19, 2019 | Comments Off on 10 Reasons Adults Should Go To Summer Camp Too

When someone says “summer camp,” images of campfires, marshmallows, and scary ghost stories dance in our heads. We think about the way summer camp helps young people gain independence, make new friends, explore nature, gain valuable skills, and get out of the house during the long summer break. For most “grown-ups,” summer camp is a…

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YEA Camp for Adults: A Leadership Training Retreat for Aspiring Social Justice Activists

Apr 17, 2019 | Comments Off on YEA Camp for Adults: A Leadership Training Retreat for Aspiring Social Justice Activists

By YEA Camp Founder and Director Nora Kramer As we prepare for our second year of YEA Camp for Adults, we wanted to share more about its purpose, ways it’s similar but also different from a typical leadership or activism conference or training or retreat, and how it might be the most fun you’ve ever…

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YEA Camp Celebrates 10 Years of Tofurky Sandwiches

Apr 15, 2019 | Comments Off on 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?

Apr 12, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 Doing Activism Can Help Teens Get Into a Better College

Mar 19, 2019 | Comments Off on How Doing Activism Can Help Teens Get Into a Better College

The college admissions process was recently thrust into the spotlight when dozens of wealthy parents were accused of bribing test administrators and college admissions staff to help their children get into top universities. While some people are looking for illegal ways to boost their chances of admission to their dream school, we have a much…

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Student Activism On a (Time) Budget

Mar 13, 2019 | Comments Off on 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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How Our Campers Helped Pay Forward Their YEA Camp Experience

Jan 11, 2019 | Comments Off on 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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Finding the Motivation for My Activism at YEA Camp

Oct 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Finding the Motivation for My Activism at YEA Camp

By Elyanna Calle There is a reason why we care. There is an event or a person that has enlightened us, who has taught us to care. I sat down at YEA Camp trying to remember, and I knew right away. My brother was the kindest person I ever knew. His smile lit up the…

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Finding a Sense of Belonging at Activism Summer Camp

Oct 10, 2018 | Comments Off on 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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Sixteen-Year-Old Vegan Regains Faith in Humanity After YEA Camp

Oct 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Sixteen-Year-Old Vegan Regains Faith in Humanity After YEA Camp

By Eden Curtiss I’ve always loved animals, but until two years ago, I was part of the reason why they were tortured and slaughtered. After finding out about the horrors of animal agriculture, I cut animal products out of my life completely, and as most new vegans tend to be, I was angry and passionate:…

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