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Clean Energy and Jobs Day at the Capitol!

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Join the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign for our Day at the Capitol!

February 2nd, 2015 9:30am-4:30pm

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2013-2014 Annual Report now available!

The Will Steger Foundation had another unbelievable year thanks to your support! We invite you to share in our accomplishments in this year's annual report.

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WSF Joins Invitation Only White House Kick-off on Climate Education and Literacy

WSF Executive Director Nicole Rom joined The White House OSTP for a Climate Education and Literacy Roundtable as part of the launch of a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect American students with the best-available, science-based information about climate change.

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Why We Do This Work

 

The Will Steger Foundation team shares why we do this work and invites you to join us!

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Youth CAN! a Success

On November 8th, 2014 YEA! MN hosted Youth CAN! a one day conference about the intersections of climate change, environmental justice, social justice, and what we can do about these issues facing us today.

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Bring your family and friends to enjoy a delicious, sustainable dinner and a portion of the proceeds go to the Will Steger Foundation.

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  • YouthCAN! Educates and empowers student activists
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    YouthCAN! Educates and empowers student activists

    Eva Shellabarger, Staff Writer

    December 5, 2014


    “Adults are scared of educated youth,” stated Kim Wasserman, a community organizer from Chicago who was one of the keynote speakers at Youth Climate Action Now. The event’s name was appropriately shortened to Youth CAN!, as its goal was to bring together and empower teen activists from all over the state of Minnesota while focusing on climate issues. The day-long event was planned and executed by students from the Will Steger Foundation’s Youth Environmental Activists of MN (YEA! MN) program.

    Written on Friday, 19 December 2014 08:31 in Emerging Leaders Read 18 times Read more...
  • Clean Energy and Jobs Day at the Capitol!

    Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs

    Save the Date!

    Join the Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign for our Day at the Capitol!

    February 2nd, 2015
    9:30am-4:30pm

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    Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:06 in Climate News Read 20 times Read more...
  • WSF Youth Leader Joins #cleanenergymn Press Conference
    WSF Youth Leader Joins #cleanenergymn Press Conference

    Today, the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign released its policy agenda for 2015. The Will Steger Foundation is proud to support these common sense policies that will build on Minnesota’s clean energy success. Increasing the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 40 percent by 2030 and the energy savings plan for utilities from 1.5 to 2 percent will create good jobs, protect our state’s four seasons and environment, and they are the right thing to do. Learn more about the campaign and our 2015 policy agenda and www.cleanenergyjobs.mn and follow the campaign on Twitter @MNCleanEnergyJobs.

    Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:47 in Local (Minnesota) Read 235 times Read more...
  • Embracing the Connection Between Climate Change and Social Justice
    Embracing the Connection Between Climate Change and Social Justice

    In the wake of the grand jury decisions regarding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and the rise of the #blacklivesmatter movement, the Will Steger Foundation joins the chorus of voices calling for systemic change, and a deeper understanding of the connections between racism, oppression, and the degradation of clean air, water and wild spaces.

    Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:09 in Climate Justice Read 401 times Read more...
  • Antarctica: Changing Fast
    Antarctica: Changing Fast

    In early December, the Will Steger Foundation co-hosted a screening of Antarctica: On the Edge at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, including a panel discussion after the screening with filmmakers Gary Smaby, Jon Bowermaster and our founder, Will Steger.

    Written on Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:43 in Climate News Read 137 times Read more...
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On November 8th, 2014, 120 youth gathered at El Colegio High School in South Minneapolis to discuss pressing issues of climate justice and community organizing. With workshops on diverse topics such as Intersectionality, Climate Change, and Aquaponics, this event helped me understand the problems as well as the resources within our community. Overall, YouthCAN! was a great place to learn about climate justice and meet others engaging in community action around this subject.

Published in Local (Minnesota)
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:19

Youth CAN! From Idea to Reality

Back in June, the YEA!MN steering committee and I took our year-end retreat to the Lake Country Land School in Wisconsin.  We came up with lots of big plans for our projects during the 2014-2015 school year, one of which was the Youth Climate Action Now! (Youth CAN!) conference.  At the time, it was hard to picture what the event would look like and how we would go about making it happen.  But many hours of hard work by the planning committee payed off, culminating in an empowering conference on November 8th that exceeded all of our expectations.

Published in Local (Minnesota)
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:10

Youth CAN! and Youth Did!

I remember a hot, sticky day in mid-July in Washington DC sitting on my friend’s roof on a conference call with all my friends and committee members back in Minnesota, straining to hear what they were all saying. I couldn’t really hear what was happening but I could hear passion through the phone lines, people were getting ideas, and getting excited. We were brainstorming ideas for an event that would later develop into Youth CAN! (Youth Climate Action Now). This event took place November 8th at El Colegio High School. We had students from all over the Twin Cities metro-area, Wisconsin, and even Northfield and Worthington.

Published in Local (Minnesota)

Just in case you hadn’t heard! Over 400,000 people joined the People’s Climate March, including 50,000 students and young people! The student contingent took over 10 city blocks: http://on.fb.me/1ym7DEK 

The Will Steger Foundation was proud to send 10 high school students through our YEA! MN program on a 22 hours bus ride, joining over 400 other Minnesotans to be part of history in NYC.

Published in Local (Minnesota)

The new school year is just under way and YEA! MN is already hard at work.  We kicked off the fall season with the YEA! MN Student Action Training to shake of the summer dust and get students geared up as critical leaders in their school communities.  Eleven students from 7 different Twin Cities high schools spent their last Saturday afternoon of the summer learning new tools to empower their success as youth organizers in their school environmental clubs.

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