My Year As Policy Intern

Ever since I started my internship at Climate Generation, I’ve been more educated on climate change and social justice all together. I felt very scared coming in and meeting new people, but I slowly felt more welcomed by the amazing Core members.

I not only started to learn more about climate change, but I felt as though I could make a change.

I never thought about climate change if I’m being honest.

It was something I didn’t think I had the ability to change. It always seemed like a big task to just leave up to the politicians… I’m only a teenager. YEA! MN made me realize that that was wrong.

It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, you too can make a difference in your community.

Not only did my internship teach me about climate change, but it also was a safe space. No one judged me, and they welcomed me like I was family. I feel like it made me feel better about learning about climate change, and the environment that I was in influenced my decision on taking this internship.

Planning for the Youth Climate Justice Summit was the most enjoyable part. Speaking in front of Gov. Mark Dayton about an important global issue like climate change was an opportunity I wouldn’t have been able to experience if I hadn’t joined YEA! MN.

It made me feel like I was doing something, making a change—something that had always seemed impossible for me.

I’m sad to be ending my internship, but what I’ve taken from all of this is something I’ll always remember and something I will always thank Climate Generation staff, Jason, and Kira for.

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