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A Movement Within our Midst

This June was the last month of my year-long contract working with the WSF on race awareness, equity, and environmental justice education.  My job has been to create spaces for conversations around how our organization can become more open, equitable, and useful to low-income communities and communities of color, and to facilitate/plan workshops on climate […]

Examining Equity and Inclusion

Two weeks ago I sat with Anita Patel in her office at the YWCA in downtown Minneapolis. Anita serves as the Vice President for Racial Justice and Public Policy for the YWCA. We were meeting to discuss and plan a workshop or facilitated discussion that she would lead at the end of May for the Will Steger Foundation […]

CEED, KIMBERLY WASSERMAN, VISION, and HOPE

Joe was hired by the Will Steger Foundation to begin to address the question: “What can WSF and YEA! MN do to become more open, available, and useful to people of color and lower-income people?” Traditionally, WSF has been a predominantly white organization and it’s YEA! MN program has drawn in a predominantly white group […]

Climate Change and Racism: Deeply Tangled Roots

Joe was hired by the Will Steger Foundation to begin to address the question: “What can WSF and YEA! MN do to become more open, available, and useful to people of color and lower-income people?” Traditionally, WSF has been a predominantly white organization and it’s YEA! MN program has drawn in a predominantly white group […]

YEA! MN Wraps Up Strong Program Year: Spotlight on Student-Led Action Projects

This has been a fantastic year for the YEA! MN steering committee! Not only did our students excel in statewide organizing by bringing over 100 youth to the Youth March for Climate Action Now, and over 70 youth to our Lobby Day in the winter, they also found time to organize more locally in their […]

Minnesota High School Students Join Historic Climate Rally in DC

These words ring loud and clear for our youth. They distill within their hearts the prospect of real motion, of true change. They’re reminiscent of stories many of us have only heard in history books. Stories where ordinary people form a massive, unified voice, impossible to ignore.

Climate Math that Works!

At times, momentum can feel like a rare thing, kind of an endangered species. As an organizer and youth worker, I’ve learned that it’s typical for hours of emails, meetings, and phone calls to result in smaller-than-desired attendance and engagement. Sometimes our rallies, marches, lobby days, or conferences consist of a few dedicated young advocates, […]

6-12 Graders Turn out Across MN for Student Sustainability Summit

On Friday, April 27th, over eighty middle and high school students from across the state of Minnesota gathered at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus for the YEA! MN Student Sustainability Summit.  The energy, maturity, and inquisitiveness the students brought to the event was inspiring.  I felt extremely privileged to be working with and […]