Our youth program engages over 500 young leaders each year in creating solutions on their campuses and in their communities, mentored by our staff.
Clean Power Plan
At Youth Lobby Day 2016, over 100 youth gathered at the Capitol as part of a major climate advocacy effort made possible by Climate Generation, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and countless other individuals. The day started off at the Youth Summit with Governor Dayton, MPCA Commissioner Stine and Commerce Commissioner Rothman. This summit included a panel of youth leaders from different backgrounds and different parts of the state, and it also included a question and answer portion from the audience directed towards Governor Dayton. Students in attendance asked the governor a range of timely questions about Minnesota’s clean energy future, pipeline projects, and climate justice.
Climate Generation was proud to host Youth CAN! – a one-day conference focused on the intersection of climate change and social justice. The event planned and facilitated by our YEA! MN high school student leaders with over 160 students participating from 23 high schools.
Midwest Youth Climate Convergence
Climate Generation co-hosted the Midwest Youth Climate Convergence in October 2015, engaging 100 of the most active youth climate leaders in the Midwest organizing on fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment in just solutions, resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, and the just transition to a clean energy economy. The event was planned and facilitated in partnership with the Energy Action Coalition, Grand Aspirations, MPIRG, Soulardarity, MN350, 350.org, SustainUS, Divestment Student Network, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and Responsible Endowments Coalition. The Convergence raised enough funds through registration to stipend youth work that emerged from Convergence, including the Midwest Divestment Network, tar sands organizing around 2015 presidential debates in Milwaukee, and solar streetlight installation in Highland Park, Detroit. Watch the video and read more here:
The Longest Summer Tour
The Longest Summer Tour in the fall of 2008 brought opportunities to dialogue with policy-makers, scientists and climate experts, and solutions from young climate leaders on the forefront of an international movement to solve the climate crisis across the Great Lakes Region.
Expedition Copenhagen, a Midwest youth delegation to the United Nations climate conference, resulted in several youth meetings with prominent decision-makers, including U.S. lawmakers and heads of state.