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Cleveland, Detroit, Iowa City and Minneapolis: Summer Hot Spots for Youth Climate Activism

Summer of Solutions Detroit launches their Green Energy Economy Training in the inner-city Highland Park neighborhood As summer temps soar across the Midwest so does youth climate activism as momentum grows at an exponential pace across the region. Power Shift 2011 was revealing as Midwest youth participation made up almost a quarter of the 10,000 […]

Bicycle Empowerment at Sibley Bike Depot

By Cecelia Watkins The Twin Cities Summer of Solutions program is and initiative of Grand Aspirations and focused on working in low income neighborhoods to build a green economy where it is most needed. The program is entirely youth run and committed to the principles of social entrepreneurship and anti-oppression in the course of building […]

Will Green Jobs be YOUTH jobs?

Just in case our 5 years of swarming state capitals decked out in green hard hats, running campaigns calling for more jobs in clean energy, and vowing to only vote for candidates who support renewable energy companies hasn’t made it clear — youth really want more green jobs.  

Pollution Prevention Through a Hydration Station at Edina High School

Edina High School Project Earth is a student-run environmental group that takes part in working to create a greener community. Our primary responsibility is to collect the school’s recycling on a weekly basis. In addition, Project Earth has developed a Climate Action Project we are in the process of completing, which includes the installation of […]

Zephyr Wind Project Succeeds at Mahtomedi High School

The wind turbine monopole rolls in on a flatbed truck from Kansas About five years ago, several students at Mahtomedi High School (MHS) explored the possibility of implementing a small wind project on their campus. Shortly afterwards, a group of motivated citizens in the area concerned about energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainability formed the […]

Three Minnesota High Schools Win Climate Generation Awards

Will Steger Foundation is proud to announce the winners of our Climate Generation Award. Launched in partnership with the British Council and California Air Resources Board, the Climate Generation Program is a school-based competition connecting youth leadership and environmental curriculum with climate action projects. High Schools in Minnesota were eligible to participate at no cost, […]

This is What Democracy Looks Like

Watching Zach, Taylor, Alec and Brock (from Stillwater High School) march down the National Mall holding the YEA! MN Banner and cheering “Clean Energy, Green Jobs” chants. Gene standing in front of 200 Minnesota college students proposing an action group to oppose the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Arrowhead, Minnesota.

Power Shift 2011: Empowering, Transforming, Building a Movement

Where does the power of effective organizing begin? Is it born in the seed of a brilliant idea? Does come from the voice of our loudest leaders? How is it that a small group of committed citizens can indeed change the world? Marshall Ganz would argue that the power is born in the ‘Story of […]

Will Steger and Student Leaders meet with Governor Dayton in defense of Next Generation Energy Act

Student environmental leaders from across the Twin Cities teamed up with arctic explorer and climate change educator Will Steger on Friday, March 25, to encourage Minnesota governor Mark Dayton to support a clean energy future for Minnesota. Groups represented at the meeting include EcoWatch, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), YEA! Minnesota, The Will Steger Foundation, Campus Beyond […]

Youth Launch Summer of Solutions Across the Nation

The power of the Millennial generation is not that we have Facebook or that we know how to use it. It’s that growing up in a networked world is allowing us to imagine and equipping us to implement people-oriented coordination of real-world action at a massive scale. At the center of this story is that […]