On the Picket Line with Libby

I am a YEA! Network member and a junior at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, and as a Minneapolis Public School student I had an out-of-the-ordinary March. Minneapolis educators went on strike for the first time in 50 years, demanding smaller class sizes, mental health resources for students, increased workforce diversity, and improved wages and […]

Youth activists are keeping the climate change conversations alive!

When I first started volunteering with YEA! (Youth Environmental Activists), I found myself yearning for something to make me feel as though I was doing it for the greater good. I am an 18-year-old Black female that has never been strongly involved with climate advocacy, nor was I planning on it. I am planning to […]

YEA!’s Youth Climate Justice Summit; Inspiration at its Core

When you ask me to describe what it was like attending Youth Environmental Activists’ [YEA!’s] Youth Climate Justice Summit, the first word that comes to my mind is inspiring. Climate change is a harrowing matter, and often we find ourselves devoid of any hope of climate action. I attended the summit thinking the two-day virtual […]

Centering Antiracism through Partnership

Since 2006, Climate Generation has focused on solutions to climate change through education, storytelling, and youth leadership. As the climate crisis has evolved over the last 15 years, so have we. To truly realize our vision — a world of resilient communities with equitable solutions to climate change — we look to our strategic plan […]

For youth, by youth: an inside look at the Youth Climate Justice Summit

As I nervously enter the room with my Earth Club, our state representative shifts her head towards our direction. Attending the Youth Climate Justice Summit in 2019 was the first time I ever lobbied or even talked to a legislator. Yet after getting a warm welcome from her, I felt comfortable and knew why I […]

Day of Action for a Fossil Free Future

On Friday October 29th, 2021 youth organizers, artists, culture bearers and community members from Mni Sota gathered to join the International Indigenous Youth Council – Twin Cities chapter with Indigneous Roots, Rainforest Action Network, MN350, COPAL MN, Climate Justice Committee, Climate Generation, MIRAC, and UMN Students for Climate Justice  to demand JP Morgan Chase stop […]

Announcing YEA! Program Rebrand

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is excited to announce a rebranding of our youth program! In addition to a new logo, the name of our youth program has changed from Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota (YEA! MN) to Youth Environmental Activists (YEA!). The name YEA! will serve as an umbrella title for our three […]

Introducing the Fall 2020 YEA! Network Leaders

Youth Environmental Activists (YEA!) is co-led by students from across Minnesota, with support from Climate Generation staff. YEA! is a leader-ful community.  It takes a team to build a movement. We work together taking on different roles — facilitating meetings, doing outreach, coordinating trainings, public speaking, posting on social media, contacting elected officials, bringing art […]

Youth Gather at Governor’s Office to Deliver Clean Power Plan Petitions

Despite many being under the legal voting age, a contingent of high school youth gathered at Governor Dayton’s office on Friday November 21st to deliver over 1,000 public comments and photo petitions in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan before the December 1 comment deadline. The students, part of the Will Steger Foundation’s YEA! […]