Author: Abby Fenton, Youth Programs Director

Learning from the Genius of Youth: Reflections on 11 Years at Climate Generation

I first met Will Steger in 2006 over a cup of coffee in South Minneapolis. I had just finished up a five year stint working as a winter instructor at Voyageur Outward Bound in Ely, Minnesota, where we learned all about the historic expeditions that Will led to the North and South Poles, along with […]

High School Students in St. Louis Park, Minn. Leading Emerging Strategy to Combat Climate Change on Local Level

Climate Generation is proud to feature the inspiring work of our youth climate partner, iMatter, and their incredible high school organizing effort that resulted in concrete policy change at St Louis Park City Hall. Read more below for a reminder of how powerful young people can be, even if they are too young to vote. […]

YEA! MN Winter Mingler Provides a Chance for Reflection

This winter, Youth Environmental Activists of MN (YEA! MN) will host its first annual Winter Mingler on Wednesday, January 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm, at Gandhi Mahal Restaurant in South Minneapolis. The event will be an opportunity to hear from YEA! MN high school leaders about climate change and the barriers and solutions that resonate most […]

Midwest Convergence mobilizes youth at the intersection of climate change and social justice

As many movement spaces often do, the day began in a circle. One hundred young people  – high school students, college students, and twenty-somethings – gathered around a huge parachute laid on the floor with big green letters reading ‘Leave it in the ground! Resist!’ It was early on a Friday morning, and people had […]

In the shadow of Keystone, Midwest youth climate activist pipeline is up and running

Chants of “love water not oil,” “another world is possible,” and “Hey! Obama! We don’t want your pipeline drama” filled the streets of St. Paul on Saturday, as 5,000+ marched to the Capitol to demand a stop to the massive Enbridge pipeline expansion threatening the Great Lakes region. The strength of the Midwest youth climate […]

WSF Receives Competitive Funding for Youth Leadership

The Will Steger Foundation is honored to be a recipient of 2013 Hennepin County Green Partners Environmental Education Program funding to expand and deepen our Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN) program. Hennepin County provides funding and support to organizations to implement projects that empower residents to reduce waste, increase recycling, reduce toxicity, conserve […]

Calling All Youth & Veteran Climate Leaders! Join the Midwest Mentorship Program

The Will Steger Foundation is expanding our innovative mentorship programming in 2013 with support from the RE-AMP network, connecting youth climate leaders with veteran staff at environmental non-profit organizations across the Midwest.