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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, […]

Midwest Convergence mobilizes youth at the intersection of climate change and social justice

As many movement spaces often do, the day began in a circle. One hundred young people  – high school students, college students, and twenty-somethings – gathered around a huge parachute laid on the floor with big green letters reading ‘Leave it in the ground! Resist!’ It was early on a Friday morning, and people had […]

Celebrating 10 years of Climate Education and More!

Letter from the Executive Director June marked several milestones: We hosted our 10th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education where we celebrated 10 successful years of professional development, curriculum and training for over 650 educators since 2006! We participated in the 5,000-strong Tar Sands Resistance March in St. Paul, the largest anti-tar sands demonstration […]

The Will Steger Foundation supports the Clean Power Plan because…

The largest source of air pollution is from coal-fired power plants, which emit hazardous air pollutants, in addition to overloading our atmosphere with carbon pollution, which is driving climate change and affects our health, environment and economy. Learn about the Regional Week of Action (Nov 16-21) and take action…

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 […]

Winning the Climate Change Conversation

When I stepped onto the hotel shuttle in Chicago, the first question I was asked by an exuberant woman from Ohio was, “Are you going to the Climate Reality Training with Al Gore?” I responded that I was, but a hard-faced man in front of me answered for he and his wife, “NO! I don’t […]

Calling All Youth & Veteran Climate Leaders! Join the Midwest Mentorship Program

The Will Steger Foundation is expanding our innovative mentorship programming in 2013 with support from the RE-AMP network, connecting youth climate leaders with veteran staff at environmental non-profit organizations across the Midwest.

Lessons from LVEJO’s Kim Wasserman, Winner of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America

It was truly an honor to see Kim Wasserman, Founder and Executive of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), awarded the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America for her work organizing communities of color and coalitions against powerful coal interests.

Innovative Mentorship Ideas: GROW Model for Mutual Empowerment

The Will Steger Foundation was granted funding in the spring of 2012 to kick-start an innovative mentorship program aimed at building transformational relationships between young climate leaders and veteran staff at environmental organizations across the Midwest. The program, which launched this fall provides an alternative model for mentorship; one in which knowledge flows in both […]

Innovative Mentorship Program Pairs Young Climate Leaders with Veteran Staff

The Will Steger Foundation launched an innovative mentorship program this fall with support from the RE-AMP network, connecting ten youth climate leaders with ten veteran staff at environmental non-profit organizations across the Midwest. The program fosters an egalitarian learning relationship where both participants are seen as equals and experts in their own right. The goal […]