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We’ve tended to make education an indoctrination system. We badly need to teach our children how to learn from the life they are living, to make their primary experience an education.

A Thriving Education System

YEA Camp Empowers Youth Activists

Kids are amazing changemakers. As Pearl Buck said: "The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation." And when young people are provided with skills, resources, and support, they can become unstoppable forces for good.

The amazing YEA (Youth Empowered Action) Camp is dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth who want to make a difference in the world. Their 7-day summer camps for ages 12-17 provide youth with the "knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take effective, inspired action on the issues that matter most to them for years to come."

During these camps, which are currently offered in Oregon, California, and New Jersey, youth from around the U.S. connect with other youth passionate about becoming changemakers; learn about important social issues and identify what they’re most passionate about; learn effective activism skills; and create a personal action plan. And of course there are plenty of games, food, and fun. Post-camp each young activist is paired with an adult mentor to help them realize their action plan.

And the response to these camps has been phenomenal. YEA Camp’s website is full of quotes like this:

“This camp has truly changed my life. You have inspired me to do so much with my life and to make the world a truly better place. You have inspired me to believe in myself and to not just say ‘I’m just a kid, what can I do?’ Because of you, I have been able to actually make a difference.” -Bianca, 15

Original story here.

Monday, April 23, 2012