We’ve told you about YEA Camp (Youth Empowered Action Camp), a camp for kids who want to change the world. Well, their post-camp e-newsletter just went out, and it gave me (rescued) goose bumps more than once. After a busy summer of hosting 3 sessions and reaching 57 kids (no doubt, the future leaders of social justice), Executive Director Nora Kramer updated gawking on-lookers like me with stories that will blow your mind. From the newsletter:
Emily from California just let us know that she spoke at her school’s staff meeting and persuaded them to implement a monthly anti-bullying activity that we did at camp through her entire high school! Owen from Illinois is working with her city council to add recycling in her town! Danielle from Oregon asked for an alternative to dissection in her science class, and when her teacher rudely assigned her to write an essay about the benefits of animal research, she wrote a report about the misleading scientific results of animal research — and got extra credit!
Perhaps we can all learn a thing or five from these inspiring kids, who — in a world where going with the flow, no questions asked, is the norm — are refusing to be complacent.