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 is currently virtual, with almost no in-person gatherings. This policy will be informed and updated throughout the year, but likely the full 2020-2021 school year will be entirely virtual.
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.
Become a Leader
Join the YEA! Core, an intensive small-group leadership development program focused on climate literacy, political education, and organizing skills to support student action on climate change solutions.
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.
2020 Campaign Leaders
Mendota Heights, MN
Saint Cloud, MN
Apple Valley, MN
Cohort applications are accepted at the end of every semester. If you aren’t accepted immediately, we will keep you in mind for future cohorts!
Youth Action Fund
Need money for youth climate action? We’re funding youth to lead the Minnesota climate justice movement.
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 organization is based out of Minneapolis, we highly encourage anybody in Minnesota to join. We’re especially interested in getting folks from outside the metro area involved.
Do I need access to the internet to participate?
If you don’t have home access to the internet, we still encourage you to apply and we will do our best to provide you with 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.