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Chequamegon Bay area youth coming together with other students in the region to meet and take action for the issues you are passionate about.

What is the purpose?

  • Empower: Create a safe place for youth to express concerns and care for the world through expression that is unique to their interest
  • Engage: Celebrate the natural beauty of the Chequamegon Bay region
  • Educate: Provide skills and education for meeting the issues of the 21stcentury
  • Express: Take meaningful action

Who should come?

Youth who care about the state of the planet and don’t feel understood. Youth who care and don’t feel heard. Youth who are overwhelmed with the environmental issues they know exist but they don’t know what to do. Youth who LOVE this place, the beauty of Lake Superior, the safety of the woods, the benefits of a harvest through fishing and hunting. Youth who are concerned about their cultural ways being misunderstood and harmed.

Students don’t always feel heard when it comes to their concerns for the planet. This group is designed for youth to express their concerns and take this concern into action. The first meeting will be for students to meet, share (as they are comfortable), listen and begin to define the focus of the group and possible projects. Projects will be a reflection of the students interests and will be varied. One student may want to write poetry and submit it to the paper while another student wishes to show their concerns by offering fishing lessons on a regular basis. One group may wish to participate in a conference with youth around the nation while another small group of students may wish to create a youth conference here in Ashland on an annual basis. Two students may wish to focus on continued Friday Climate Strikes while another group may wish to create art. This event is to come together and create based on what you want to do. If you don’t know what you want to do, simply come and be a part of the event. You may not have to do anything but just show up. That’s okay too.

Lunch provided. 

Katherine Jenkins, educator, facilitator and guide, will support the facilitation of this event. For more information contact Katherine at 715.292.4416 or

About the Facilitator:

Katherine Jenkins has worked in the field of education for twenty years and, quite simply, loves facilitating opportunities for people (of all ages) to connect to themselves, each other and the Earth. She applies a spaciousness to her leadership that supports participants in feeling empowered and engaged with life. She is skilled as an outdoor environmental educator, restorative practices coach and facilitator, mindfulness educator, Hakomi graduate and facilitator of The Work that Reconnects. These experiences and training support her in understanding today’s youth and their needs. She has a distinct desire to provide youth with a safe space to express their love and concern for the world through mediums of their choice while supporting them with tools and skills for living in the 21stcentury. Her motivation to develop the Chequamegon Bay Youth Environmental Council stems from her work as a restorative practices coach and consultant.


Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute
1411 Ellis Ave.
Ashland, WI

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