Author: Christy Newell, Research Assistant, Emerging Leaders Program

RE-AMP Community Mentorship Program Update

RE-AMP Community Mentorship Program (Click for larger view) Research and outreach for the RE-AMP Community Mentorship Program is in full swing as we enter July. From my experience at the RE-AMP annual meeting, reading survey responses and hearing from people during listening sessions, it is apparent that the RE-AMP community and young leaders are excited […]

Green Jobs Put Americans Back to Work

This May, I had the opportunity to attend the Good Jobs Green Jobs Regional Midwest Conference in Detroit, Michigan. It is hosted by Blue Green Alliance, which is a coalition of labor unions and environmental organizations working to build “a cleaner, fairer and more competitive American economy.”

Will Steger Foundation Launches Innovative Region-Wide Mentorship Program

The Will Steger Foundation is kicking off the summer with research to develop and launch an innovative mentorship program within the RE-AMP network that connects youth climate leaders with veteran staff from climate-focused non-profit organizations across the Midwest. Mentorship is defined as a mutually beneficial learning relationship between two people that involves caring, commitment and […]

Minnesota Youth Environmental Network Ready to Take Off!

The Minnesota Youth Environmental Network recently hosted the First Annual Spring Gathering, bringing youth leaders from across the state together to connect, learn new skills, and share stories about the work our generation is doing to create a sustainable future.

Clean air: is it the new civil rights struggle?

That is what various student groups and organizations gathered to discuss on the last day of Black History Month. The Will Steger Foundation sponsored Clean Air: the New Civil Rights Struggle at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities last week with a diverse coalition of partners, including Sierra Club, Black Motivated Women, Black Student Union, […]

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson visits Minnesota

 On Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson spoke at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities about the role of science in public health and environmental protection policy. The audience also got a glimpse of Jackson’s personal life. She shared the story of her own son who suffers from asthma and her favorite policy, […]

Over 1000 young people wish Senator Klobuchar happy holidays

Today, we stopped by Senator Klobuchar’s office to deliver 1,145 postcards signed by young people across the state urging her to protect the Clean Air Act. Young people in Minnesota need Sen. Klobuchar to stand up for our future and be a champion for clean air safeguards. Any delays or compromises will jeopardize our health […]

Students Call on Xcel to Move Beyond Coal

Student Group Delivers Over 1000 Petitions to Ask for Clean Energy Campus Beyond Coal members, UMN-TC students, and community members gathered outside Xcel Energy Inc. on Wednesday, December 7th to deliver petition cards, hear individual’s clean energy stories, and stand for clean energy and a clean future for Minnesota. Students and community members carried wind […]

Learnin’ from Durban: Global Action on a Local Scale

Minnesotans gathered at Edina Library last Saturday for YEA! MN’s Learnin’ from Durban: Global Action on a Local Scale event. Sheltered from the cold and snow, attendees checked-in on the climate negotiations happening halfway around the globe in the 90 degree heat of Durban, South Africa. Will Steger Foundation Delegates Paul Thompson and John Howard […]

Statewide Call-in Day Demonstrates Support for Clean Air

Last Wednesday, young people across Minnesota participated in a statewide call-in day for clean air. Over 400 people picked up their phones to thank Senator Klobuchar for voting against Senator Paul’s recent dirty air initiative and to urge her to continue to reject further attacks.