Presenter Bio

Erin Pratt, LPC, is the Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light Program Director where she designs, coordinates, and facilitates programming for MNIPL and individual faith communities. She is a professional counselor and a wilderness therapist with a background working with adolescents, families, and groups. She was a psychology fellow at the UMN Healthy Youth Development and brings these researched based principles into her program design and delivery. She is director and youth counselor supervisor for All in the Circle: Creative Arts and Nature camp!

Workshop Presentation

YOUTH BE THE SPARK:
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TO CATALYZE ACTION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE IN FAITH COMMUNITIES

We naturally want to advocate for what we love. We become effective advocates when we are empowered with both the invitation, skills, and support needed to take action.

Youth Be the Spark is both a process and program that nurtures “love of” through developing meaningful spirit infused relationships with the natural world, self, and community while developing leadership skills in young people that they can use to act on behalf of what they care for.

Environmental concerns and climate change particularly impact children and youth, who feel strongly about having a future full of life and possibility. The “Youth Be the Spark” program is designed to empower youth to take leadership roles in their faith communities and beyond on climate justice solutions.

In this workshop, we will explore this approach as we look at specific practices and curriculum components that can be implemented in faith formation work with young people.