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 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.
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.
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; preferably starting in fall 2017
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
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 past Climate Leadership Fellows cohorts here.
This year, we are pleased to announce the position of 2019-2020 CreatureKind Climate Leadership Fellow, with a focus on the contribution of factory farming to climate change and promoting practical action in response.
Opportunities | Expectations
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 and resources 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).
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.