All across the world, young people are calling for a just transition to a resilient climate future that is equitable for all.
Are you ready to get involved and step into climate leadership? Join Youth Environmental Activists to take climate change action in your school, community, and local-elected body, and build youth power.
Note about COVID-19 and Public Health
Due to the pandemic, all Climate Generation programming has been virtual. This policy will be informed and updated throughout the summer, with a phasing-in of in-person and hybrid youth events soon.
Youth Environmental Activists (YEA!)
Youth Environmental Activists is a network of high school students taking action for a just transition to a resilient climate future for all. New participants are always welcome!
Maybe you have a project that needs support, or you want to do something about climate change but don’t know where to start. Maybe you feel like you’re the only one who cares about climate change. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, YEA! can meet you where you’re at. Come to any Network meeting, open to high school students, and learn from fellow students how to build youth power in your community.
YEA! provides mentorship to individual student leaders, as well as education and support for an entire school club. We can help you choose a project, launch a school club, navigate power dynamics at your school, plan an effective campaign, engage your audience, and transform your community.
Apply for an Intensive Role
There are a few stipend-based, intensive roles available for youth able to commit 4+ hours a week for one semester. Apply for these roles for Fall 2021 here. The priority deadline for applications is Sept. 16, 2021. If you are interested in more information, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
YEA! Campaigns (Local)
YEA! Campaigns is an intensive mentorship program for youth ages 13–18 who want to win change for environmental justice in their city, town, county, or school district. Apply to be mentored in climate justice and healing organizing skills to lead climate action. Build community power with local partners to target effective local climate solutions and systemic change. Learn and practice organizing and civic engagement by leading your own campaign rooted in environmental justice to shift public will and policymaker decisions.
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Youth Action Fund
Need money for youth climate action? We’re funding youth to lead the Minnesota climate justice movement.
Do I have to be an “activist”?
To us, activist means someone who takes action with others to make a difference. That can mean lots of different things, not just protesting. YEA! youth choose what action they want to take: things like talking to friends and family, doing research with a team, making art, planning events, and sometimes making a ruckus.
Do you have ideas for action I can take in my own community?
Yes! Check out this page of Youth Action Ideas.
Do I have to live in the Twin Cities to participate?
No! While our office is located in Minneapolis, YEA! is a statewide network and we highly encourage any youth in Minnesota to join. We’re excited to support folks from outside the metro area to get involved.
Do I need access to the internet to participate?
While much of our programming is online, we still encourage you to apply if you don’t have home access to the internet, and we will do our best to provide accommodations and support for you to participate.
Will I receive compensation for my participation?
Most youth are involved as volunteers. There are a few stipended roles you can apply for, or you can reach out to Climate Generation staff to find out about other funding opportunities.
Do I need to know about climate justice to join the program?
No. We are here to learn together! But when we take action together, we want to be rooted in environmental justice values. So we’ll take time to learn and share our stories together first.
Are there other ways of getting involved in Climate Generation’s Youth Programming besides applying?
Yes! Even if you aren’t selected for a role with a stipend, there is plenty of room for you to get involved or lead. Sign-up for updates on the interest form, check out our upcoming events, follow us on Instagram, and/or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.