Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is an innovative leadership camp for youth ages 12-17. A "life-changing camp for world-changing teens," YEA Camp helps teens learn how to get involved and make a difference on the social cause of their choice, from the environment to bullying, homelessness to animal rights.
Teens from across the country will be spending a week this summer developing their confidence and skills to change the world while at Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, an innovative leadership camp for youth ages 12-17. A "life-changing camp for world-changing teens" founded in 2009, YEA Camp has helped hundreds of teens and tweens learn how to get involved and make a difference on the social cause of their choice, from the environment to bullying, homelessness to animal rights. This summer, YEA Camp will offer four week-long overnight sessions in three states: California, Oregon, and New York. YEA Camp will be presented July 12-19 (Quaker Center in Santa Cruz, CA), July 25-August 1 (Camp Adams in Mollala, OR) and August 9-16 (at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, NY). For the first time ever, YEA Camp will offer YEA Camp For Animal Advocates, a special session for campers passionate about this issue, also taking place August 9-16 (Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, NY). “Teenagers are much more knowledgeable and concerned about social causes than most adults give them credit for,” said founder Nora Kramer, a native New Yorker now living in Los Angeles. “Unlike when I was their age 20 years ago, kids today are growing up more aware of issues like gay rights, climate change, and animal cruelty which they learn about at school or on the Internet. They see the power of social media to influence public awareness and opinion, and they want to know what else they can do to make a difference.” Through skill-building workshops like running a school club, fundraising, effective communication, and using art for social change, campers develop an action plan to do community service or get involved with a cause when they go home. Throughout the week, campers “share about what they care about” to get better at speaking about a chosen issue, and develop their confidence through games and challenges that require them to stray from their comfort zone. “YEA Campers bust the myth of the apathetic teenager,” Kramer said. “Our campers have done so many inspiring things, like launching anti-bullying initiatives, and recycling programs. I can’t wait to see what this summer’s campers will do.