YEA! MN’s Winter Mingler is fast approaching and my excitement to be in this space is growing. The Mingler will be on Thursday, January 5th, from 5:30-7:00 pm. The doors will open at 5:00 pm. It will be a chance to bring all the parts of the YEA! MN community together and create a space for parents, alumni, partner organizations, current students, and friends to come together and celebrate this work and the program. The event will be a chance to meet youth activists from across Minnesota, hear their stories, and experience YEA! MN activities.
The evening and activities will be lead by the current YEA! MN Core (read about them here) and there will be featured storytellers representing different pieces of the YEA! MN community.
Read about our storytellers here:
Mahyar Sorour, Youth Partner
Mahyar Sorour has experience recruiting, training, and organizing communities around environmental justice issues from her work as the Climate Justice Program Manager with TakeAction Minnesota. She serves on the board of MN 350, is a member of the Sierra Club Racial and Economic Justice Committee and has focused much of her organizing work around equity and climate change.
Bryn Shank, YEA! MN Alumni
Bryn was in YEA! MN for three years and was the co-chair in the 2013-2014 school year. He was also one of the co-leaders of the St. Paul Central’s Roots and Shoots team, where he successfully implemented a waste reduction program for plastic water bottles and did all sorts of creative fundraising to get water stations put in their school. Bryn also attended the Power Shift in 2013 with other YEA! MN students when he was in high school.
Zoe Redfern- Hall, YEA! MN Core Member
Zoe participated in YEA! MN last year, and is ready to strengthen her commitment to the program. Through this commitment she hopes to gain a more deep and thorough understanding of climate change, so she can start discussions about it back at her school. Zoe became interested in climate change and climate justice when she took a class that focused on food production, and how unjust this system can be. She’s excited to use this year to do some real work towards climate justice, and to continue to learn about how to effectively organize. When not involved in activism work, Zoe runs, paints, and spends a lot of her time at PSEO.
Abby Fenton, Youth Programs Director
Abby Fenton is the Youth Programs Director for Climate Generation and was instrumental in launching the Emerging Leaders Program. She co-founded Youth Environmental Activists Minnesota (YEA! MN) in 2008, and has been funded through Climate Generation as the Youth Climate Coordinator for the RE-AMP network since 2009, building cross-generational collaboration between the Midwest youth climate movement and the community of environmental nonprofits and foundations across the region. Abby began her work with Climate Generation as Education Coordinator in 2006 and was a member of the 2007 Global Warming 101 Expedition, a 3-month dogsled expedition to the Canadian Arctic
Isabel Watson, YEA! MN Program Intern
Isabel has always been passionate about protecting the environment and fighting issues that harm it, especially fracking and tar sands. Until she joined YEA! MN as a sophomore in high school, she was unsure how to lead. Climate Generation helped empower her to become a student leader at DeLaSalle’s Green Team for a year, before she transferred to the School of Environmental Studies. She is now the co-chair of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s Beyond Oil and Tar Sands Committee and a senior at the School of Environmental Studies.
We would love to see everyone at the Mingler!
There is a suggested donation of $5-$25, but the tickets are free – please give what you are able and comfortable doing! All are welcomed and appreciated.