YOUTH BE THE SPARK

Environmental concerns and climate change particularly impact children and youth, who feel strongly about having a future full of life and possibility. The “Youth Be the Spark” program is designed to empower youth to take leadership roles in their faith communities on climate change solutions.

All in the Circle Creative Arts & Nature Camp 

All in the Circle is carefully designed to give children the opportunity to fall in love with the earth and to be co-creators of a culture of kindness. Informed by the wisdom, teachings, and experience of educators, spiritual leaders, and developmental psychologists, children gain the skills and “know-how” to live peacefully with each other and the natural world. MNIPL is excited to bring camp experiences to the faith communities we serve! Click here for more information!

Youth Be the Spark River Days

Youth Be the Spark River Days are an interfaith youth leadership retreat to designed to build positive peer relationships, empower youth to be leaders and gain inspiration and tools to take action on climate change within the context of their faith community. MNIPL will support the implementation of action plans once youth return to their faith community. Join a community of youth leading the interfaith community to action on creating a just and sustainable future for all. We will explore the natural world through a fun day of paddling on the St Croix River with its calm water and beautiful cliffs. We’ll stop for lunch on an island with a sandy beach to consider goals, strategies, and actions we can take together! Stay tuned for upcoming River Days.

 

MNIPL Facilitator

Erin Pratt - LPC is the Program Director at MNIPL where she designs, coordinates, and facilitates programming for MNIPL and individual faith communities. She is also a facilitator and Climate Organizing trainer for MN350, a Minnesota-based climate justice organization, and for 350.org, an international climate organization. Erin's training is as a therapist working with children, youth, and families in crisis, specializing in nature-based settings. Erin brings a relational-based approach to organizing that she finds effective when working with people in faith communities.

Questions: Contact Erin Pratt, Program Director at 612-716-3336 or at [email protected] for more information.

Thank you, Hennepin County! This program is made possible by a grant provided by the Hennepin County Green Partners Environmental Education Program                                             

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Thanks to our generous funders, Hennepin County Green Partners!