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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 […]

Innovative Mentorship Program Pairs Young Climate Leaders with Veteran Staff

The Will Steger Foundation launched an innovative mentorship program this fall with support from the RE-AMP network, connecting ten youth climate leaders with ten veteran staff at environmental non-profit organizations across the Midwest. The program fosters an egalitarian learning relationship where both participants are seen as equals and experts in their own right. The goal […]

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 […]

Focus the Nation Empowers Midwest Youth Climate Leadership

The Steger Foundation is proud to partner with Focus the Nation in our mission to educate, empower, and engage a new generation of climate leadership on a local, regional, national, and international scale. A nationally based organization, Focus the Nation (FTN) accelerates the transformation to a clean energy future by fostering connections between generations, 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 […]

Tackling Coal and Winning at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Since the fall of 2009, Campus Beyond Coal (CBC) has been leading a student run, grassroots campaign to move the University of Minnesota beyond coal power. With the mission of “To bring about, through active engagement and awareness-raising measures, the phase out of coal-fired power on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus” we have built […]

Midwest Power Shift: Harnessing the Outrage and the Optimism

What does the Midwest have to do with a clean energy future (or a dirty energy future, it’s our choice)? Everything. Did you know that the Midwest region contributes 25 percent of total US carbon emissions (if you include Ohio and Indiana)? That the Midwest relies on coal for 70 percent of its electric power, […]

Pollution Prevention Through a Hydration Station at Edina High School

Edina High School Project Earth is a student-run environmental group that takes part in working to create a greener community. Our primary responsibility is to collect the school’s recycling on a weekly basis. In addition, Project Earth has developed a Climate Action Project we are in the process of completing, which includes the installation of […]

Three Minnesota High Schools Win Climate Generation Awards

Will Steger Foundation is proud to announce the winners of our Climate Generation Award. Launched in partnership with the British Council and California Air Resources Board, the Climate Generation Program is a school-based competition connecting youth leadership and environmental curriculum with climate action projects. High Schools in Minnesota were eligible to participate at no cost, […]

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.