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Reflections from the New York City Climate Strike

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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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These Generous Companies Make YEA Camp’s Food Even More Delicious

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As another summer draws to a close and the leaves begin to fall, it’s time to extend another “thank you!” This time, we want to recognize all the people that made camp possible. That means it’s time to feature our amazing food donors! From fruit smoothies to warm chocolate chip cookies to pizzas with more…

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Meet Some of the Youth Leading #ClimateStrikes in the US

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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

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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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Finding My Voice at YEA Camp — a Summer Camp for Social Change

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By Rey Watson This past summer I had the opportunity to enjoy one of the best experiences of my life. I attended YEA Camp, a camp for social change. The camp trains young people like myself to be more effective activists and help change the world for the better. But even though I read every…

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YEA Camp Helped Me Develop the Confidence to Be an Activist

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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

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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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Saying Yes To YEA Summer Camp for Adults

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By Maggie Berke I had never been to sleep-away camp. Even as a child, the thought of spending a week with strangers in an environment tailor-made for sharing and vulnerability made me nervous and fearful. But I’ve spent this past year trying to reorient my life towards service and acts of good. I became involved…

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Netflix and Activate: Pose

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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

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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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