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!

Get Involved

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.

Map: Where are YEA! youth?

Apply for an Intensive Role

There are a few stipend-based, intensive roles available for youth able to commit 6+ hours a week for one semester. Applications for these roles for Fall 2021 will be posted in the summer. If you are interested in more information, feel free to contact us at

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.

Campaign Leaders

Nayana Gurung
Mendota Heights, MN

Eleanor Dolan
Excelsior, MN

Krystal Iverson
Saint Cloud, MN

Isabelle Wong
Apple Valley, MN


Kathryn Kaiser
Edina, MN

Maple Williams
Two Harbors, MN

Will Mercil
Minneapolis, MN

Phoenix Leuthold
Saint Paul, MN


Clara Garner
Minneapolis, MN


Cohort applications for Fall 2021 will be posted in the summer. If you are interested in more information, feel free to contact us at

Youth Action Fund

Need money for youth climate action? We’re funding youth to lead the Minnesota climate justice movement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For all other questions, please contact Jason Rodney ( or Akira Yano (

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