Published on February 29th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers


YEA Camp: Settings Where Youth Can Make a Difference

I received this note from Rebecca Lyons about Youth Empowered Action Camp and the planned sessions for this summer in Oregon, California, and New Jersey. For young people wanting to get involved as activists for good causes, this appears to be a timely opportunity.

A parent recently told me how they couldn’t throw anything recyclable away since their student had come home and shared what he had learned about protecting the environment.  Children setting an example for adults when it comes to conservation and sustainability options is a growing phenomenon in the United States.  Many youths are even actively seeking out ways to become informed about and involved in saving their planet.  One way such students can put their passions into actions is by attending Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp.

YEA is a nonprofit organization that trains youth to build the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to become activists and leaders for social change for years to come. Our flagship program, YEA Camp, is a weeklong summer camp, with four sessions in three states, for youth who want to make a difference in the world.  In only three years, the camp has expanded from the West to East coast.  This year, camps will be held in Oregon, California, and New Jersey.  Camp dates will be July 7-13 and July 14-20, July 21-28, and August 5-12, respectively.

For more information, visit the website, read the newly launched blog, view this two-minute video introduction to YEA Camp, or e-mail Nora at

After camp, students return home equipped and excited about making a difference in their communities.  So far, YEA Campers have started an animal welfare club at their schools that has held beach clean-ups, shown movie-screenings, and raised over $1,000 for their local animal shelters; spoken at hearings against coal power plants; expanded vegetarian and vegan options in their school cafeterias, and launched an effective campaign to persuade their cities to lower the minimum age for volunteers at their local animal shelter.  Helping the environment by using less plastic, eating less meat, and creating less pollution is one of the core values embodied in all YEA Camp alumni, as we are passionate about seeing positive outcomes that will help conserve and protect the environment we love.

Rebecca adds these details:

“Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, a nonprofit 501(c)3 environmentally friendly, vegan, youth activism, leadership development, animal rights camp for young people making changes for society. We are looking to get the word out about our program this summer.”

Photos: Youth Empowered Action Camp


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About the Author

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.

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