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This August, join hundreds of teenagers at camp to build power and take back our schools.
Come to our 100% free summer camp at Camp Manitowa in Illinois, where you can meet students from around the country, make friends, have fun, and learn how to transform your school to face down the climate crisis

We’re done with crumbling buildings, underfunded classrooms, and schools that don’t prepare us for the future. If we can remake our schools to take on the greatest crisis we've ever seen, we will pave the way for the rest of society to follow. It’s our schools, our lives, and our futures.

Camp is open to high school students (grades 9-12 in the fall of 2023). We have two sessions of camp, hosted at Camp Manitowa in Benton, Illinois. Sessions cover the same set of leadership and advocacy skills!

  • Camp Session 1: August 6th - August 11th
  • Camp Session 2: August 13th - August 18th
  • Click here for more details about camp, including our FAQ page, or contact with any questions
  • Camp is 100% free for all campers, and Sunrise can cover travel costs for any participant who needs it


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Learn about the Green New Deal for Schools

The Green New Deal for Schools will transform our school system to face the climate crisis and make sure all students have the right to a safe and good education - no matter their zip code or the color of their skin.

Together, we will fix our buildings and buses, force our schools to teach us the truth about the climate crisis, make student lunches free, create pathways to green jobs, and ensure our schools have a plan for when climate disasters strike.

Our schools must listen to students fighting for our futures. We’re calling on school districts everywhere to champion a Green New Deal for Schools so all students  can attend safe, clean, and climate prepared schools.

Our demands

Safe and clean buildings

School buildings, buses, and other school infrastructure are updated to run on 100% renewable energy, be climate resilient, and ensure safe, non-toxic learning environments.


Schools provide locally sourced and sustainably grown lunch to all students for free, to make sure no student goes through the school day hungry.


Schools offer opportunities to connect students with meaningful and good paying union jobs combatting the climate crisis.


When climate disaster strikes, school administrations have plans to help students recover and use buildings as designated relief zones for the whole community.


Students are taught a comprehensive climate justice curriculum - developed by educators and students, not elites and extremists - that helps them understand our history and prepares them to face the climate crisis.