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Building a future where we all can thrive

When I was in middle school (in 2009), the topic of climate change was just beginning to gain widespread attention in the news. Within my 8th-grade class, a group of us became alarmed at what we were hearing in the media about global warming; however, the urgency of the issue wasn’t reflected in the programming […]

Meet the YEA! MN Core for 2017-18!

YEA! MN is led by a group of students called the Core, with support from Climate Generation staff. They meet every week to plan and lead workshops and events for the YEA! MN network. Between robotics, debate, testifying against oil companies, and more, these 8 fabulous youth are steering the ship this year: Abdisatar Jibril […]

Cultivating Climate Leadership

Letter from the Executive Director Despite the decision by the current administration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, we are already seeing leadership from cities, states and the private sector to fill the void in climate leadership. From Minnesota announcing it will join 12 other states to commit to the Paris accord […]

Building a better future

Letter from the Executive Director We kicked off the month with our annual donor appreciation breakfast along with over 50 supporters, where we highlighted our steadfast commitment to our vision of an equitable and resilient future for all. We know addressing climate change means not just switching our fossil fuel based energy system out for […]

Rally for the Planet

Letter from the Executive Director For the last several weeks, we’ve been feeling a greater sense of urgency as well as opportunity when it comes to advancing climate literacy and action. At the end of last month, the Trump administration began its efforts to undo President Obama’s climate policies; meanwhile, the Heartland Institute sent out […]

YEA! MN Students Ride the Bus to the People’s Climate March

The new school year is just under way and YEA! MN is already hard at work.  We kicked off the fall season with the YEA! MN Student Action Training to shake of the summer dust and get students geared up as critical leaders in their school communities.  Eleven students from 7 different Twin Cities high schools […]

YEA! MN Year in Review: Youth Directed Programming Yields Big Returns!

YEA! MN is unique in that we are an authentically student directed program.  This means that my job is not to tell students what we should do but ask them what they want to do.  Of course, I still provide feedback and suggestions, however the purpose is to help them more fully think through their action projects, […]

Celebrating YEA! MN Student Leadership on Climate Action Projects!

We have wrapped up a fantastic year at YEA! MN.Our students have wrestled with big issues, learned about organizing, and taken action on projects they care about; all while going to high school, doing their homework, and participating in other community and extra curricular work.I have never been so impressed and proud of a group […]

Two High Schoolers Receive Their First Grant and Drive Innovative Green Building on Campus

Hi, our names are Tessa Ruff and Sophia Showalter. We are members of the YEA! MN Steering Committee as well as leaders of the Hopkins High School Earth Club. Recently, we applied for and received a grant through the Hopkins Education Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Hopkins School District.