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Finding My Power and Story

Over the past weekend, I attended a Youth Lobby Day workshop in preparation for Youth Lobby Day 2016 at the Minnesota State Capitol, which will take place on March 14. Going into the workshop, I didn’t know what to expect. When I got there, there were already a few other high school students there, along […]

YEA! MN Climate Stories

Last Monday, Joe Kruse joined us at YEA! MN as a guest facilitator.  We began the evening with a conversation about the things that make up the environmental movement to us. Ideas ranged from people like John Muir and Rachel Carson, to actions like companies going green and individuals lessening our footprint on the environment. […]

Environmental Justice Focus for March 14th Youth Lobby Day

I remember the first time I talked to one of my legislators during 2014 Youth Lobby Day. I was hurrying down one of the Capitol’s polished, marble halls alongside other students following Senator Kari Dziedzic. When we stopped in front of the large doors to the Senate Floor, I took a deep breath and mustered […]

Shining Light, Building Power in Highland Park, MI

This blog is the first in a series featuring youth-led initiatives that emerged directly from the Midwest Youth Climate Convergence (held in October 2015) and/or were central to the overarching themes of this 3-day working retreat. Soulardarity works to build energy democracy in Highland Park, Michigan and its neighboring communities through community-based education, community organizing, […]

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 […]

Learning to Lead: New Green Club Presidents Put Together an Earth Day Extravaganza

On April 22nd 2015, Central High School’s environmental club, Roots and Shoots, hosted our annual Earth Day Extravaganza. Seven different speakers came to speak to a few hundred students about recycling, sustainability, and everything environmental. The event last year was put on by our 2013-2014 presidents, but for the 2014-2015 year we had a new […]

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 […]

A Year in Review: Reflection from YEA! MN Intern

In March 2014, I was an incredibly angsty junior at DeLaSalle, absolutely fed up with school and wondering what I could do to finish high school while doing meaningful work that would make me happy.  Looking back at the past year, I think I’ve figured it out pretty well.  My internship with YEA! MN has […]

YEA!MN Learns and Leads at Outfront’s 2015 Youth Summit

Check out this College Guide for LGBTQ Students “Welcome Leaders!” was the first sentence I read as I was handed a program at Outfront Minnesota’s 2015 annual Youth Summit last Monday. It was 8:30am and the Wellstone Center was already full of motivated and friendly high school students decked out in purple t-shirts conversing with […]