Unique Camp For Youth Activists Celebrates Third Summer

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Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp inspires leadership for social change in teens.

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp

When people are validated for caring, and are given the support and tools to make a difference on issues they are passionate about, they accomplish amazing things.

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) is gearing up for another great camp season filled with inspiring leadership and empowerment programs for youth. YEA Camp is a unique opportunity for 12 to 17-year-olds who want to make a difference in their community or society to step up and gain confidence, learn skills, and get support from peers and mentors to bring about a better future.

Registration is open, and young leaders are gearing up for another great summer season at Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, launching on July 23, 2011.

With a curriculum based on developing knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to inspire activism and leadership, YEA Camp is a life-changing experience for youth who attend. Participants choose an issue of importance to them and practice effectively communicating about it and thinking strategically about the root causes and innovative solutions. They see inspiring examples of how other youth are bringing about change, and learn skills like how to run a successful school club, organize events, and more.

“YEA Camp recognizes the power each of us has to make the world a better place,” says YEA director and founder Nora Kramer. “We encourage our campers to pursue the causes they care about, to become informed, and then to stand up for what they believe in. When people are validated for caring, and are given the support and tools they need to make a difference on issues they are passionate about, they accomplish amazing things.”

Bianca Verlangieri is a 15-year-old from San Bernardino County who attended last year’s camp. "YEA has truly changed my life," she says. "It inspired me to believe in myself and to not just say 'I'm just a kid, what can I do?' Because of YEA, I have been able to actually make a difference."

After attending YEA, campers have started school clubs, organized a call-in to Congress, led beach clean-ups, spoken at community hearings, and even held fundraisers to pay for their tuition to return to camp this summer.

YEA has gotten positive feedback from parents as well as kids. "YEA Camp was vital for our daughter,” Mike Boss, father to 13-year-old camper Jesse said. “She came back with a sense that she can make a difference in the world. I am confident that she will be able to draw from this experience for years to come.”

YEA Camps will be held this summer in Ben Lomond (near Santa Cruz), CA, from July 23-29 and July 30 - August 5. A third session will be held near Portland, OR, from August 7 -14. For more information, or to register, visit http://www.yeacamp.org.

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