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Gathering Lessons along the Co-Mentorship Path

Climate change continues to unfold faster than we expected. As we become more informed about the reality and impact our changing world, many of us are getting more organized and taking action. Still, there is friction in transition. It is hard to accept where we are at and to adapt from an entrenched status quo; […]

iMatter Now: Youth Seek to Prevent Climate Change

Eight years ago, a 13-year-old California boy named Alec Loorz watched the movie An Inconvenient Truth, and it changed him. He couldn’t stop researching the effects of climate change, what was being done and what could be done, to stop it. With his mother he founded iMatter, an organization to get youth involved in helping […]

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, […]

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 […]

Composting Competition Provides Lessons for the Future

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed students at South High throw plastic water bottles into our compost bins. And it drove me, as well as my peers in our environmental club, crazy.  Many of the items in the lunchroom are compostable, including plates, napkins, and food scraps. It was disturbing to me […]

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 […]

Burnsville Green Team; From Beginning to Success and Beyond

Growing up, there was one saying repeated to me over, and over, and over: reduce, reuse, recycle. Of course, as a six-year-old, I had no idea what that meant. All I knew was that I should recycle paper and plastic water bottles. As I got older, I began to see headlines of “Global Warming: Real […]

Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program: New Tools to Facilitate Shared Learning

This year marks the third generation of our Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program. Each round brings new insight as we strive to support powerful learning relationships among Midwest change-makers. We are excited to see the new tools we have launched this year further deepen our participant’s experience – an online community forum, and a suite of […]

Youth CAN! From Idea to Reality

Back in June, the YEA!MN steering committee and I took our year-end retreat to the Lake Country Land School in Wisconsin.  We came up with lots of big plans for our projects during the 2014-2015 school year, one of which was the Youth Climate Action Now! (Youth CAN!) conference.  At the time, it was hard […]