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Youth = unstoppable: Reflections from the Power Shift Network

Just a few weeks back, on January 26th, me and Marco—a YEA! MN Core Member—climbed the steps of the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, D.C. I was both excited and anxious. We were heading to the annual meeting of the Power Shift Network, a collective of organizations mobilizing to mitigate climate change and create a […]

YEA! MN Students Hard at Work as Community Leaders

It has been a great first semester for YEA! MN this year. I met most of the students for the first time at our Steering Committee kick-off meeting in August. It was two days after I started and I had little idea what to expect. 15 students and myself had pizza in one of the co-chairs attic […]

High School Youth Meet with Rep Ellison at Clean Air Forum

This fall the Will Steger Foundation brought 17 high schoolers to Power Shift 2013 through our Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN) program. A national youth climate conference that drew over 6,000 to Pittsburgh, PA, Power Shift 2013 was a historic convergence to “build a stronger and more vibrant climate movement to fight fracking, […]

Diverse Voices Call for Strong Carbon Standard!

Congressman Ellison wrote a great piece in the Huffington Post highlighting the need for the Environmental Protection Agency to pass strong carbon pollution standards for new and existing coal-burning power plants and called on Xcel Energy to transition Units 1 & 2 of the Sherco coal plant- Minnesota’s largest carbon emitter- to clean energy.

High School Students Draw 150 Youth to Leadership Workshop at Power Shift 2013

Hello, our names are Sophia Showalter and Elayna Shapiro, and we are Steering Committee members for Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN), a program of the Will Steger Foundation, and both students at Hopkins High School. Last weekend, we had the amazing opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh to attend Power Shift, a youth environmental conference that brought […]

Will Green Jobs be YOUTH jobs?

Just in case our 5 years of swarming state capitals decked out in green hard hats, running campaigns calling for more jobs in clean energy, and vowing to only vote for candidates who support renewable energy companies hasn’t made it clear — youth really want more green jobs.  

This is What Democracy Looks Like

Watching Zach, Taylor, Alec and Brock (from Stillwater High School) march down the National Mall holding the YEA! MN Banner and cheering “Clean Energy, Green Jobs” chants. Gene standing in front of 200 Minnesota college students proposing an action group to oppose the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Arrowhead, Minnesota.

Minnesota High School Senior Reflects on Power Shift 2011

I’m so tired, sore and exhausted. But with music, art and with my own two hands, I am ready to work for a better world. I NEED to work, do something to conserve and protect this planet Earth. The protests, the rallies, the petitions, the lobbying, the laws, it is not enough. For the survival […]

Optimism in the Face of a Daunting Future

Will Steger Foundation is a proud supporter of youth participation in UNFCCC international climate negotiation. A safe and healthy future for young people across the globe depends on the choices being made right now. While a commitment to behavior change on the part of individuals is critical, it is our policy makers that hold the […]