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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eight Midwest Youth Climate Orgs Receive Competetive Funding!

The Will Steger Foundation is proud to congratulate the following eight Midwest youth organizations for receiving competitive funding for climate solutions in partnership with the RE-AMP network. The Will Steger Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program is home to the Midwest Youth Caucus, a space where key youth climate leaders can network with one another and build cross-generational connections […]

Midwest Youth Get out the Vote!

Across the Midwest and the nation, youth organizers are not only getting out the youth vote, they are connecting the dots between the fossil fuels industry and elections and building an informed, committed, and passionate youth base. Midwest Spotlight Youth orgs across the Midwest are actively engaging their generation in the Presidential debates, elections and […]

A Regional Coalition Rises out of the Heartland

Emerging from a several years of strategic conversation, cross-state collaboration, and the intense growth of the youth climate movement here in the Midwest, a fledgling coalition is rising. Following in the spirit of regional coalitions launched in the Southeast (Southern Energy Network) and Northwest (Cascade Climate Network), the Midwest Youth Climate Coalition seeks to deepen […]

Six Midwest Youth Climate Orgs Receive Funding for Critical Initiatives

Six Midwest Youth Climate Orgs Receive Funding for Critical Initiatives The Will Steger foundation has been a key ally in building the youth climate moment across the Midwest. Since 2007 WSF has been actively working with partner organizations across the generational spectrum to support youth climate leadership across the region. This includes a robust network […]