Nicole Rom, Executive Director
Bryn has been a driving force in YEA! MN since he joined the program two years ago as a sophomore at Central High School in St Paul. His campus earth club, Roots & Shoots, had a long legacy of success, including institutionalizing school-wide recycling and composting. But when the seniors graduated, Bryn found himself pretty much alone to carry the torch. Still, he refused to give up, and has worked tirelessly over the last two years to rebuild the Roots & Shoots team and work to make Central a leader in sustainability.
When Shira Breen joined YEA! MN as a sophomore at Minneapolis South High School, we knew we had met someone special. She was already highly engaged in her school and home community, working with her peers to launch a food shelf at South High, and starting a community garden in the neighborhood surrounding her school campus. Following a high profile racial incident on her high school campus, she joined Students Together As Allies for Racial Trust where she received the Underground Railway Award for Strong Commitment to Equity. Shira joined the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign last year, working to defeat the amendment banning gay marriage, became a Phone Banking Coach, trained volunteers, and held courageous conversations with people from every corner of the state. In 2013, Shira became President of the South High School Green Tigers, the environmental club on campus, and was elected to be a Co-Chair for YEA! MN.
Please join the Will Steger Foundation board and staff for our annual APPRECIATION BREAKFAST at the LEED certified Red Stag Supperclub! Share in our 2013 successes and hear our plans for 2014 while enjoying a delicious, local and sustainable breakfast!
The Environmental Initiative Awards annually honor innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership. YEA! MN has been selected as a finalist in the Environmental Education category.
CLEAN ENERGY AND JOBS DAY OF ACTION
FEATURING WILL STEGER AND EXCLUSIVE YOUTH SUMMIT WITH GOVERNOR DAYTON
April 22, 2014, 4 pm
Over two dozen Senators are standing up for climate action tonight and calling on their peers to join them. The all night event is meant to galvanize support for President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
WE ACT for Environmental Justiceis spearheading, with sponsorship from members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a letter that will go to the President to continue to put pressure on the Obama Administration to develop a better plan to address the concerns of climate change felt by environmental justice communities, and a Resolution that will codify the importance of the environmental justice movement. But we need your help.
The University of Minnesota's GO Minnesota unit, the Institute on the Environment, and the Will Steger Foundation are delighted to announce a new and unique summer program for international students interested in sustainability.
Our climate is changing at an alarming rate. From giant hailstorms to polar vortices, Minnesotans are already experiencing extreme weather. Are weird weather events becoming Minnesota’s new normal? Hear from nationally recognized meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas.
Our annual report is now available, which documents our impact from September 2012 through August 2013. We are making great strides in our work –thanks to your incredibly generous support! The report serves as a record of accomplishments, financial transparency, and an illustrated guide to who we are and why our programs matter.
You can view our full profile at the Charities Review Council.