Happy Christmas Eve! We are so excited to bring you Day 7 of 12 Days of YEA Camp Heroes – a heartwarming showcase of our amazing campers and the ways they say YEA Camp helped them make a difference. The campaign is part of our end-of-year fundraising camp-aign, If Not for YEA Camp… to support youth activists. You can contribute here!
Today’s camper is Jia Hui – a 17-year-old Bay Area powerhouse advocate for animals. Jia Hui was already very dedicated to animal rights when she applied for YEA Camp and wrote in her application that she would “like to learn how to be a good advocate,
especially when dealing with friends and new people.” She had started a club at her school that she wanted to take to new heights, saying she also wants “to make my school animal rights club bigger and better. I
want the group to be closer, more passionate, and admired.”
Since YEA Camp Jia Hui has done so much we can hardly keep track of her! She has gone out leafleting many times, participated in rallies about climate change and to advocate for dolphins and farmed animals, and has gotten involved locally with The Humane League. Jia Hui is also in the lead for most camper reunions! She has connected with many campers – even from other sessions who live in the area – to build a stronger local activist community.
Jia Hui has also applied some of what she learned at YEA Camp in her awesome Colts for Animals school club (Colts are the school mascot 🙂 ), including the Community Bios (left) that she had each club member fill out, which she modeled after something we do at YEA Camp. The club is currently working on spreading awareness of animal issues and the benefits of vegetarian eating while trying to expand access to veg foods in the cafeteria.
See Jia Hui’s beautiful description of her YEA Camp experience here!
Jia Hui says “If not for YEA Camp, I wouldn’t be as confident in speaking my mind, and introducing myself to new people. I wouldn’t have the confidence to speak up about adding vegan food to our cafeteria. I would not have many fellow teen activist friends to talk to about anything!”
Your donation to YEA Camp helps passionate young people like Jia Hui to strengthen their community, resources, and confidence to go out and make a difference. YEA Camp can’t exist without donor support, and we appreciate yours! Tune in tomorrow for Day 8 of 12 Days of YEA Camp Heroes!
Missed previous days of YEA Camp Heroes? We don’t blame you for wanting to catch up! Here’s Day 1 about Megan in Massachusetts raising money for the homeless, Day 2 showcasing Joyce in New Jersey speaking about about bullying, Day 3 highlighting Maddie in Colorado advocating for animals, Day 4 about Lia from Washington state working to address the stigma of mental illness and reducing teen suicide, Day 5 about Roberto from North Carolina speaking more confidently about progressive causes, and Day 6 about Ana from California advocating for women, workers, animals, and more!
Does YEA Camp sound perfect for a 12-17 year-old you know (perhaps YOU)? Join us or send them our way this summer for the best week of their life!