Y.E.C.A. was launched when 18 young evangelicals gathered together to draft and sign the Call to Action, and signing it remains the first step to joining in the movement. Read the text below and then consider signing it for yourself.
The YECA Neighbor Award for Climate Stewardship recognizes the actions of young Christians across the country who are dedicated to the faithful stewardship of the earth and care for its inhabitants. The actions of Neighbor Award winners reflect the message of Romans 13:8-10 which states, “Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
Climate change is already impacting our neighbors and God’s creation here in the United States and around the world. For the sake of “the least of these,” we believe God is calling us to faithful action and witness in the midst of the current climate crisis. Neighbor Award winners have demonstrated their accountability for our neighbors by fighting the negative impacts of climate change and working towards a future in which all of God’s creation is cared for and lovingly sustained.
Read more about our award winners below. We will highlight a new award winner each month, each nominated by a friend, neighbor, or acquaintance. Nominate someone you know by clicking below.
Our Climate Testimonies campaign is a multimedia collection of young evangelicals from across the nation sharing how we came to care about the climate crisis, and how we hope the church will step up to this great challenge. A number of respected leaders in the evangelical community are taking note, providing us with Senior Leader Responses of their own.
You are invited to join in this project by sharing your Climate Testimony!
Each Climate Testimony, at minimum, should contain a response to these three open-ended questions:
- How, as a Christian, have you come to care about the climate crisis?
- What have you been doing in your own life in response to the climate crisis?
- What is your prayer for our church and our political leaders regarding the climate crisis?
For more guidelines and tips, check out our Activist's Guide to Sharing a Climate Testimony.
Use the form below to share your Climate Testimony, or alternatively, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Share My Testimony
If you’re a concerned young Christian looking for a way to engage your community in concrete climate action — consider applying for Y.E.C.A.’s Project Leader program. As a Project Leader you will work with experienced Y.E.C.A. staff and partners both to (1) articulate and promote a biblical understanding of the climate crisis, and (2) develop a strategy for implementing specific projects around climate action. The Project Leader program is purposefully flexible so that you can use your individual gifts and abilities to craft a unique and impactful climate action project that is relevant to your community.
The Y.E.C.A. Staff and Steering Committee aim to work alongside Project Leaders to help them implement climate-related activities, community events, or advocacy plans. By participating in this program you will gain a project partner from the Y.E.C.A. leadership, an organizer kit with Y.E.C.A. materials, and connections with a community of like-minded people for encouragement and support.
Whether you’re a young leader within your church, a concerned citizen seeking to engage your community in sustainability, or a leader of a campus environmental club, YECA’s Project Leader Program can help you inspire your community to action.
- Participate in a broader movement of creation care and climate action to impact your church, campus, or community for good.
- Learn more about the theological and scientific support for creation care and climate action.
- Gain valuable skills and experience in organizing/mobilization, community building, leadership development, and more.
- Build meaningful relationships with peers and experts within your community and from around the country.
- Benefit from numerous Y.E.C.A. resources, connections, and ongoing training.
- Be an active and committed Christian, and support the mission of Y.E.C.A.
- Participate in training/orientation modules.
- Work with Y.E.C.A. staff to develop a plan for engaging your campus, church, or community around climate action.
- Meet regularly with a Y.E.C.A. partner, as determined by you and your Y.E.C.A. contact
- Participate in monthly conference calls with other Project Leaders
- Share your experiences as a Project Leader with your community and Y.E.C.A. to help empower fellow climate advocates.
Click Here to Apply
The Climate Leadership Fellows experience is a selective program for undergraduate college students, beginning with a training retreat in August and running through April of the following year.
We aim to equip new leaders who can promote a biblical understanding of the climate crisis and organize faithful responses within their campuses, churches and communities. Working together with experienced Y.E.C.A. Organizers and other mentors, Fellows develop a strategy and specific project for engaging their local context around climate action. The Fellowship includes project support, related travel expenses and a yearlong stipend for the Fellow.
Learn more about the experiences of our first and second cohort of Climate Leadership Fellows here.
Be on the front lines of something bigger than each of us as individuals—join the national movement to help Christians engage faithfully around the climate crisis from a distinctively biblical perspective.
Impact your campus, church, or community for good and be empowered with the networks, resources, and funding to be successful. This is a unique opportunity to integrate faith, learning, and living in addressing one of the great challenges of our time.
Gain valuable skills and experience in organizing/mobilization, advocacy/public policy, leadership development, and more, which will equip you for future ministry and career opportunities.
Build meaningful friendships and connections with peers and experts from around the country. This is a valuable opportunity to network with both church and climate leaders.
Benefit from numerous resources and ongoing trainings, beginning with the all-expenses-paid training retreat towards the end of August.
Use this Fellowship to meet internship or other academic credit requirements for graduation.
And earn a stipend in the process: Fellows will be awarded a $1,000 stipend ($500/semester). This is in addition to the funding that will be made available to support Fellowship projects.
Be an active and committed Christian, and support the mission of Y.E.C.A.
Participate in the training/orientation retreat towards the end of August.
Work with Y.E.C.A. staff to develop and approve a plan and timeline for engaging your campus/church/community around climate action. This plan will be developed during the August training retreat and should center on a core project that includes both awareness/educational and advocacy components.
Identify a faculty member at your institution who will serve as a local advisor for your project and provide support as needed (especially pertinent if using the fellowship to fulfill academic internship requirements)
Invest approximately 10hrs every week on Fellowship-related work. Some weeks may require more time depending on the nature and flow of your project.
Meet regularly with Y.E.C.A. staff and the Fellows cohort (via biweekly video calls), and connect as needed with your campus/church/community advisor.
Develop a personal prayer network of friends, families, and other supporters, and keep them regularly updated.
Submit a final report/evaluation at the end of the Fellowship—specifications will be provided by Y.E.C.A. staff in conjunction with any academic credit requirements from respective campuses.
Click Here to Apply Application deadline is April 15th!