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Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.climategen.org

Mission Statement

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy (CG) educates and empowers people to engage in solutions to climate change.

Main Programs

  1. Programs Overview
Service Areas

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National

Minnesota, Midwest, United States

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

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Ms. Nicole Rom

Keywords

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Climate change, climate change education, Environmental education, advocacy, clean energy, youth leadership

Notes from the Nonprofit

Introducing Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy (May 2015)

We are excited to share our new name, which better represents our mission and vision. Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is still the place to go for climate literacy, education, youth leadership and solutions.

Climate Generation represents the focus of our work, climate change, and the generation who must address it. As we all know, climate change is defining this generation, everyone living today. We are the generation to really experience the effects of climate change and have the greatest ability to fight it.

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is Will Steger’s vehicle for addressing climate change, honoring his life-long work as an educator and environmentalist. We are thankful to Will and his original vision that helped build the organization to what it is today and are grateful that Will continues to serve an active role on the board of directors and provide strategic vision and direction for the organization.

You can access us online in the following ways:

Website: www.climategen.org
Twitter: @ClimateGenOrg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClimateGen

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EIN

02-0712905

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since 2006, Climate Generation has reached over 30,000 youth and 12,000 educators.

For nearly 10 years, we have been building climate literacy and action among educators, youth and the broader public with tangible results at the local to state level in terms of awareness, direct engagement and public policy wins. For nearly 10 years, we have been building climate literacy and action among educators, youth and the broader public with tangible results at the local to state level in terms of awareness, direct engagement and public policy wins.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Programs Overview

Established in 2006, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy (CG), formerly the Will Steger Foundation, educates and empowers people to engage in solutions to climate change.

Our unique story stems from our founder Will Steger, who uses his compelling eyewitness account of the consequences of a warming world from over 50 years of polar exploration as a means to engage people in the issue and solutions.

Based in Minneapolis, MN, Climate Generation strategically engages and empowers youth, educators, decision-makers and the public to foster climate literacy and action with the goal of building a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$723,400.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Climate change is not only the encompassing issue of our time, but also the priority issue for youth across the globe. Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is responding directly to this call to action by strategically supporting and engaging youth and educators using a holistic approach that values both educators and youth leaders as critical agents of change.

    Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is a recognized leader in climate change curriculum and professional development for educators, grades 3-12. We work with educators (K-12) by developing and supporting them with curriculum, professional development opportunities, and action resources.

    Believing in the inherent power and creative genius of youth, Climate Generation is also home to the Emerging Leaders Program which is educating and engaging youth in climate solutions. We work directly with high school and college youth to support student leadership on climate change solutions. We work collaboratively with local, state, and national decision-makers to craft sound energy policy and engage citizens across Minnesota and the Midwest.

    Together, our programs take an innovative approach to transforming schools and communities, spanning the generational spectrum to empower emerging leaders of all ages.

    Our programs provide a platform for furthering education, discussion and civic engagement, and offer unique opportunities for interaction with prominent leaders that lead to lasting climate change solutions.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Education Program Goal: To support educators, students and the public with science-based interdisciplinary educational resources on climate change, its implications and solutions to achieve climate literacy.

    Emerging Leaders Program Goal: To empower Midwest youth climate leadership as a key strategy in the transition to a just and sustainable future for all.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Supported by a robust group of 9 board members and a team of 11, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy meets the Charities Review Council Standards for accountability practices. We are accomplishing a great deal with lean operations. We are proud to have the same core staff involved in the organization since its creation in 2006; even interns and volunteers return to work with us year after year based on the positive experience they have had working with our organization. We have dedicated staff that is knowledgeable in their area of expertise and have an established record for our education and youth leadership programming.

    We are a small non-profit organization with a budget of $700,000, but we do a tremendous amount of work by maximizing synergistic partnerships, maximizing Will Steger’s significant political clout, depending on in-kind services to provide much of our professional services, nurturing our volunteer program to provide over 1,000 hours a year and making the most of every donation dollar we receive. Over 80% of our revenue directly supports our programs
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our programming is based on best practices in environmental education, climate literacy, civic engagement and youth leadership. For our Education Program, each educator must provide information before they can download our curriculum. All of our curricula resources are reviewed by scientists, education professionals, and assessment experts. We periodically send surveys to educators to gather information on how the curriculum is being used and its impact on learning goals and behavior change. We collect surveys at each Summer Institute in order to evaluate each year and make changes for next year. We have also hired outside evaluators to conduct a formal evaluation of our Minnesota's Changing Climate program and recently launched Climate Minnesota initiative. We also engage educators in the planning of each Institute and work closely with a core network of schools to refine the program. For our Emerging Leaders Program, we collect feedback at events, from our YEA! MN Steering Committee and youth elected co-chairs at the beginning and end of the academic year. We also host a year-end retreat for the program to collect feedback and plan for the future. For our regional youth programming, we are in regular communication with youth and the RE-AMP Steering Committee about program opportunities which help us understand how we can better support them and leverage their work. Our public outreach is measured by attendance at public events, legislative victories and media coverage of our efforts.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have set some ambitious goals for ourselves this year. Climate change is too urgent not to be ambitious. We plan to enhance our climate change education program with a new curriculum and training program that supports the recently released Next Generation Science Standards. We continue to support youth climate leadership across the Midwest, while also implementing a mentorship program for 20 youth and nonprofit leaders. Finally, we continue to provide public convenings/discussions/forums as a platform for furthering education, civic engagement. We are also an active member of several campaigns to support national and state level climate and clean energy policy.
Service Areas

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National

Minnesota, Midwest, United States

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WILL STEGER FOUNDATION
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Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

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Executive Director

Ms. Nicole Rom

BIO

For seven years Nicole has been leading the Will Steger Foundation. As the Executive Director, Nicole has built and sustained the organization by providing visioning and development activities for the organization and its education and policy programs. Prior to working for WSF, Nicole managed the education programs for the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes office in Ann Arbor, MI. Nicole also has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in environmental psychology, environmental education, and climate change at the University of Michigan and Hamline University. Nicole served as an Environmental Educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Kazakhstan. She received her M.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bates College. She was a 2010-2011 Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and is currently Secretary for the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Board of Directors.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"I am honored to be leading this small organization that is having a significant impact. We have an unprecedented ability to inspire, empower and engage people in climate change solutions."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Leigh Currie

CBIZ, MHM, Inc.

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