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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 […]

South High School Green Tigers win The Goddard Prize for Environmental Conservancy!

An active YEA! MN school, the South High Green Tigers were recently awarded $1500 for their efforts to reduce single use water bottles at school. Student leaders applied for this award last year with support from Climate Generation and YEA! MN. With this funding the Green Tigers have enough funding to purchase two more hydration […]

YEA!MN Learns and Leads at Outfront’s 2015 Youth Summit

Check out this College Guide for LGBTQ Students “Welcome Leaders!” was the first sentence I read as I was handed a program at Outfront Minnesota’s 2015 annual Youth Summit last Monday. It was 8:30am and the Wellstone Center was already full of motivated and friendly high school students decked out in purple t-shirts conversing with […]

Dirty Air Affects All of Us

I’ve always pictured extreme air pollution as something that only happens in China, where coal power plants, manufacturing, and insane car traffic create suffocating smog. Not until I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma in 2013 did I consider the role of air pollution and air quality in my personal health. Inhalers help me manage my […]

Students meet with Senators Clausen and Carlson

Lobby Day this year at the capitol was an all around amazing experience. I came on the bus from my school, the School of Environmental Studies (SES), with some other high school classes.  When we got to our meeting location near the capitol we were met with many amazing adults and students, around 400 people […]

Clean Energy and Jobs Lobby Day- A Huge Success!

The Clean Energy and Jobs Lobby Day this past Monday was a huge success.  Well over a hundred high school students from around the metro took time out of their busy lives to come to the Capitol and lobby their representatives to support a 40% renewable energy standard in Minnesota by 2030.  It was a […]

Lobby for a Cleaner Day

Lobby Day was a very interesting time for my peers from Burnsville High School and me. Having taken the bus to the Capitol, I was very excited to see what was to come that day. I spent weeks helping YEA! MN gather students from my school for this awesome event.  When reaching the church nearby […]