Y.E.C.A. was launched when 18 young evangelicals gathered together to draft and sign the Faithful Action Pledge, 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 Christians of all ages across the country (with preference given to younger nominees) 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.
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 receive 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, Y.E.C.A.'s Project Leader Program can help you inspire your community to action. Below is a list of current openings for Y.E.C.A. projects. Apply today!
- 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 and subcommittees to develop a plan for engaging your campus, church, or community around climate action.
- Participate in quarterly 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 action advocates.
- Be 30 years of age or younger and located in the United States.
Project Title: Civic Engagement Organizer
Project Description: Y.E.C.A. Civic Engagement Organizers identify a local or state-level climate related issue and work with the young evangelical community to advocate for climate action on the issue. This leader will organize young evangelicals to attend rallies and local representative town halls of policymakers across the political spectrum to explicitly call for climate friendly policies within the context of Christian stewardship. This advocacy could manifest in advocating for policies that encourage public transportation, jurisdictional carbon neutral commitments, or clean energy, among many others. The project leader works with the Y.E.C.A. Civic Engagement Subcommittee to set and accomplish project goals.
Timeline: 1 year; possibility of extension depending upon project context
Project Title: Civic Engagement Handbook Developer
Project Description: The Y.E.C.A. Civic Engagement Handbook Developer will create a “best practices” resource that highlights Y.E.C.A. civic engagement projects. This visually appealing handbook will act as a critical tool for inspiring the next generation of Y.E.C.A. organizers. We are looking for a young evangelical who is passionate about climate action and has experience with creative writing and graphic design. The project leader works with the Y.E.C.A. Civic Engagement Subcommittee to set and accomplish project goals.
Timeline: 6 months
Project Title: Climate and the Church Conversation Facilitator
Project Description: Many young evangelicals care about climate stewardship, yet struggle to find support and fellowship in their church community around this issue. Y.E.C.A. is seeking passionate young evangelicals who would like to facilitate more conversations in their church community about climate stewardship. This project will involve mentorship by members of the Y.E.C.A. Prayer/Evangelical Leader Engagement Subcommittee, and include the development of ‘conversation resources’.
Timeline: 6 months; possibility of extension depending upon project context
Project Title: Evangelical Leader Letter Campaign Organizer
Project Description: Denominational leaders, especially for those denominations that belong to the National Association of Evangelicals, need to hear from young evangelicals that we strongly support our church communities leading the fight to stop climate change. As a Project Leader, you will spearhead a letter campaign that will enable Y.E.C.A. activists to call on their respective denominational leaders to act on climate change. This includes helping recruit letter writers, providing resources like a template letter and addresses, and following up with denominational leaders after they've received letters. The goal for this project is to generate 50 letters per year from Y.E.C.A. activists. The project leader works with the Y.E.C.A. Prayer/Evangelical Leader Subcommittee to set and accomplish project goals.
Timeline: 1 year; possibility of extension depending upon project context
Project Title: Faithful Neighbor Award Administrator
Project Description: The Y.E.C.A. Faithful Neighbor Award celebrates the accomplishments of young evangelicals who have shown remarkable leadership in the realm of climate action. These are the young leaders who are at the forefront of climate action in their respective fields and church communities. The administrator of this award will process award nominations, interview award recipients, and develop written content that highlights the work of these climate action leaders. The project leader works with the Y.E.C.A. Project Leader Subcommittee to set and accomplish project goals.
Timeline: 1 year
Project Title: Capturing Climate Testimonies
Project Description: Every evangelical has a different story to tell when it comes to how they developed a passion for climate action. Whether it was from taking a course on climate science, hearing an inspirational climate action sermon, or living in a community directly feeling the impacts of climate change, each person’s story illustrates the diversity among climate stewardship evangelicals. Y.E.C.A. has been recording these stories since our inception in 2012 and is seeking project leaders to record stories from their own communities to add to our library of inspirational testimonies. The project leader works with the Y.E.C.A. Communications Subcommittee to set and accomplish project goals.
Timeline: 3 months; possibility of extension depending upon project context
Project Title: Your Own Idea for Action
Project Description: Are you a young evangelical who is passionate about climate action? Are you looking for resources and a support structure to help you in an existing or upcoming climate action initiative? Y.E.C.A. would like to provide you with the mentorship and resources to make your project successful and rewarding! You will work under the mentorship of a Y.E.C.A. Subcommittee to set and accomplish project goals.
Timeline: Depends upon project
2020 is a critical year for our climate. It is the year that the United States will officially leave the Paris Agreement, and the year of perhaps the most consequential election of our lifetime. Given the recent surge in climate awareness and action across the U.S., 2020 is shaping up to be the Climate Election. We are pulling out all the stops to make sure that all of our leaders from every party hear loud and clear that we demand they take bold, faithful climate action or get out of the way for those who will.
Since 2014, YECA’s Climate Leadership Fellows program has trained dozens of young climate leaders to be effective activists, organizers, and advocates in their communities for just and compassionate climate action. This year, we’re doubling (actually quadrupling) down and growing our cohort by 400% in order to amplify the voices of young evangelicals across the country during this crucial year. We are seeking 30-35 Fellows this year to do the following work on their campuses, in their churches, and in their communities:
- Educating peers on effective civic engagement and providing opportunities for action
- Bird-dogging local candidates
- Attending campaign rallies and town halls of local candidates
- Hosting voter registration events
- Leveraging voter turnout tools and implementing creative tactics to increasing voter engagement among their peers
- Outreach to legislators after 2020 election to begin building relationships with congressional offices
- Hosting meetings between legislators and peers to raise concern about climate action
- Staging creative actions at congressional offices to generate media attention (i.e. office sit-ins, press conference outside congressional offices)
- Writing op-eds, letters to the editor, school newspaper pieces, and other publications
Applications are now open and will be processed on a rolling basis. Successful candidates will be required to attend a mandatory week-long, all-expenses-paid training retreat in Washington, D.C. May 18-24, 2020.
Be on the front lines of something bigger than yourself—join a national movement of Christians engaging faithfully around the climate crisis from a distinctly biblical perspective.
Impact your campus, church, or community for good and be empowered with the networks and resources to be successful.
Gain valuable skills and experience in organizing and mobilization, advocacy and public policy, leadership development, and more.
Build community with like-minded Christians around the country.
Benefit from numerous resources and ongoing trainings, beginning with the all-expenses-paid training retreat May 18-24, 2020.
Meet internship or other academic credit requirements for graduation.
Get paid: Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend ($500/semester).
Be an active and committed Christian, and support the mission of Y.E.C.A.
Participate in the training/orientation retreat May 18-24, 2020.
Work with Y.E.C.A. staff and other Fellows in the cohort to develop and approve a plan and timeline for engaging your campus, church, and /or broader community in climate-focused civic engagement.
Identify a mentor who will serve as a local advisor for your project and provide support as needed.
Invest an average of 10 hours/week on Fellowship-related work.
Meet regularly with Y.E.C.A. staff and other Fellows via biweekly video calls, and connect as needed with your local advisor.
Submit a midyear and a final report at the end of your Fellowship