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A Year in Review: Reflections from Our YEA! MN Coordinator

I walked into the room with completely new faces and warm smiles around me. Chairs in a circle, Kendra and Addie – the 2015-16 YEA! MN Co-Chairs – introduced the new YEA! MN coordinator: me. This year in YEA! MN, we opened every meeting and gathering in a circle. Ask any student that has been […]

Convenings + Convergence = IMPACT

Letter from the Executive Director We kicked off the month with our participation in MN2015: Last stop before Paris, a conference focused on citizen engagement in climate change solutions. It was a great way for us to share our approach and the successes we’ve had over nine years with the public, educators, and youth. Our […]

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 […]

Welcoming New Staff

Letter from the Executive Director This month we welcomed two new staff members to our team: Naelekya Bledsoe, Administrative Assistant, spent many years working in the administrative and customer services fields, including at Eureka! Recycling and most recently Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Naelekya provides administrative support to the organization and knows that climate […]

Powering Up!

Letter from the Executive Director Team members Abby Fenton, Savannah Duby and myself attended the RE-AMP annual meeting in Detroit, MI in early July where we focused on how we can build a bolder, better Midwest Network through increased collaboration.  RE-AMP is an active network of 160 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on […]

The Clean Power Plan: A Critical Step Towards A Climate-Resilient Future

The case for strong action by the U.S. to address climate change is growing by the day. After experiencing the hottest and wettest May on record last month, we can clearly see that the impacts of climate change are intensifying. In the past few weeks, international climate efforts have made headlines: Norway has voted to […]

One Man, Three Legacies: A Bridge Between Two Organizations

Dust filled the air of the driveway at the Steger Wilderness Center as the three vans from YEA! MN drove home from their weekend retreat. Fifteen students had arrived Friday evening ready to disconnect from the city life and connect with their fellow group members to review their year of work and discuss their next […]

Governor’s Office Voices Strong Support for Renewable Energy in MN

On May 7th, 2015, myself and six other youth leaders from around the state met with Molly Pederson, senior policy advisor to Governor Mark Dayton. We went to lobby in opposition of the House energy omnibus bill, which would cut many of the clean energy advancements that have been made in Minnesota and make our […]