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Empowering Young Change Makers Through YEA! MN

What if every young person in America believed that they were capable of changing the course of history? What if every high school student arrived at graduation day with an awareness of their own passion and a keen sense of their own potential to make the world a healthier and more just place? What if […]

Goa, India: Journals From a Climate Champion

I started the new year off with a with a whirlwind trip to Goa, India, world renowned holiday destination, biodiversity hotspot, and the location of the British Council’s 3rd Annual International Climate Camp. In Goa, I spent one week with 35 Climate Champions from 14 different countries: The U.S., Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Norway, Sweden, […]

Investment in Youth is an Investment in a Clean and Just Energy Future

“ The rights and decision-making capabilities of young people often remain unrecognized, and their potential as a valuable resource is seldom realized.” – United Nations World Youth Report, 2010 WSF Intern, Kaya Lovestrand, and Will Steger at the WSF office in Minneapolis All of my work with the Will Steger Foundation has been leading up […]

Key Ingredients For Successful Youth Engagement

Before knowing how to engage youth, it’s important to point out the real need for it. It’s true that if you are or have been involved with a program that emphasizes youth it seems like they’re everywhere, but the truth is that most youth today don’t feel like they’re being reached out to. Governments, non-profits, […]

MN High Schooler Testifies in Defense of Statewide Coal Moratorium

Cole Norgaarden, a 10th grader at the Blake School in Minneapolis, testified Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Minnesota House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee during the hearing of House File 72. The bill proposes to repeal a Minnesota statute that limits carbon dioxide emissions by utilities. Cole is co-chair of Youth […]

Grants Through Climate Generation Program

What would you do to address climate change if money wasn’t an obstacle? For many young people passionate about the environment, ideas are not what’s lacking. It’s the means to make these ideas a reality that stands in the way of effective leadership and implementation. Of course there is mentorship, skills training, community support, time […]

Optimism in the Face of a Daunting Future

Will Steger Foundation is a proud supporter of youth participation in UNFCCC international climate negotiation. A safe and healthy future for young people across the globe depends on the choices being made right now. While a commitment to behavior change on the part of individuals is critical, it is our policy makers that hold the […]

Copenhagen to Cancun: Reflections from a Midwest Youth Climate Leader

One year ago today, a team of intelligent and dynamic Midwest youth were preparing for an expedition that would impact their lives forever. These twelve young leaders, hailing from seven different states set aside their studies, their work, and their personal lives for an intense immersion experience in the COP15 UNFCCC international climate negotiations, as […]

First Annual Green Schools Youth Summit

National Youth Leaders present at Green Schools National Conference The Will Steger Foundation was proud to co-sponsor the first annual Green Schools National Youth Summit in partnership with the Green Schools National Network, in conjunction with the first annual National Green Schools Conference, featuring keynote speakers Will Steger and Phillipe Cousteau. Of the 100+ students […]