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Netflix and Activate: Pose

Jun 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Netflix and Activate: Pose

By: Camilla Rubis The category is…activism. Set in a gritty 1987 New York, Pose depicts the LGBTQ world of balls, the competitive pageantry scene that allowed a marginalized group to shine, be seen, and garner credibility within the community. The show’s characters are all a part of houses, a family system formed because often trans…

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A Different Approach to Self-Care for Activists in the Age of Trump

May 30, 2019 | Comments Off on 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

May 28, 2019 | Comments Off on 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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What Summer Camp for Adults Really Looks Like

May 6, 2019 | Comments Off on What Summer Camp for Adults Really Looks Like

“I wish this camp had existed when I was a kid,” lament parents every summer as they drop their kids off at specialty summer camps. Summer camp is a way to make new friends, learn useful skills, and leap out of comfort zones. Don’t adults deserve those same benefits? Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp was…

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How 1 Random Email Turned Into an Unexpected Miracle

May 1, 2019 | Comments Off on 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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Celebrating 10 Years of YEA Camp!

Apr 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Celebrating 10 Years of YEA Camp!

By YEA Camp Founder and Director Nora Kramer Hello YEA Family, Ten years! This year, this month, today, we are celebrating 10 years of YEA Camp! I can’t believe it. It was 10 years ago in April that I put a $2,000 check in the mail, pulled from my savings, to pay the deposit on…

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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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