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Thank you for 100% Leadership!

Today, Governor Tim Walz announced a new legislative package to advance Minnesota’s standing as a leader in addressing climate change and facilitating the transition to an equitable, clean energy future. We applaud the requirement for our state’s electricity sector to provide 100% clean energy by 2050, putting us in leadership with other states across the […]

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 […]

1400 Miles

By Espoir DelMain, Junior at Great River Montessori I have been in YEA! MN for the last year. In that time I have learned a lot about what people can do to support the issues they care about.  I have also been exposed to some pretty incredible people with incredible stories to share about their own adventures. […]

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 […]

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 […]