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YES! has a positive solution-oriented focus. We reframe issues, reflect diverse human-scale stories, and offer tools for people to use and to pass along. Here are our most recent articles and blogs.

Fall 2013 Powerful Voice Winner Nick Young Fall 2013 Powerful Voice Winner Nick Young
Nick Young is a student of Jenny Campbell at Langley Middle School in Langley, Washington. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, “Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff,” by Simon Okelo. Read Nick's essay about how giving up his iPhone4 and his beloved dog Lucas would greatly affect his life.
Fall 2013 High School Winner Spencer Reed Fall 2013 High School Winner Spencer Reed
Spencer Read is a student of Mark Cline-Lucey at Vermont Commons School in Middlebury, Vermont. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, “Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff,” by Simon Okelo. Read Spencer’s essay about his desire to level the economic playing field so that more people can have more—and then choose less.
Visual Learning: With These Hands Visual Learning: With These Hands
This Visual Learning exercise will get your students thinking about poverty—here and in other countries—and will help them explore a creative approach to solving poverty.
Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas Fresh and Fly: Denver Rapper Teaches Kids to Be Gardeners Not Gangstas
For Ietef "DJ Cavem" Vita, HIP HOP is not just a form of music, it's a way of life—one he's using to teach kids about cultivating the earth and eating fresh veggies.
Fall 2013 Middle School Winner Annika Holliday Fall 2013 Middle School Winner Annika Holliday
Annika Holliday is a student of Carter Latendresse at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article “Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff,” by Simon Okelo. Read Annika's essay about the uselessness of stuff—like trophies and goodie bags.
How Cooking Can Change Your Life How Cooking Can Change Your Life
In this powerful RSA Short, Michael Pollan shares some real talk about the difference between home cooked food and food made by corporations.
YES! Recommends: Sustainable Table YES! Recommends: Sustainable Table
YES! recommends Sustainable Table, a program of Grace Communications Foundation, for its well-rounded resources that educate and motivate people of all ages to take good care of their bodies and our planet.
Fall 2013 College Winner Sana Naz Fall 2013 College Winner Sana Naz
Sana Naz is a student of Professor Jamie Olson at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, “Growing Up in a Kenyan Slum Taught Me the Real Value of Stuff,” by Simon Okelo. Read Sana's essay about how her consumption habits shifted when she moved from Pakistan to the United States.
Video: New Hampshire's Campaign to Make 2016 About Money in Politics Video: New Hampshire's Campaign to Make 2016 About Money in Politics
At a time when politicians spend more time fundraising than making policy, the New Hampshire Rebellion aims to make political corruption the number-one issue in the 2016 election cycle.
With Only Months to Live, This 17-Year-Old Inspired Millions with Music and Love With Only Months to Live, This 17-Year-Old Inspired Millions with Music and Love
by YES! online staff
When he was just 14 years old, Zach Sobiech learned that he had only a few years to live. He decided to use that time creating beautiful music, and inspired a lot of people while doing so.
Why the Smartphone Became the Lightsaber of the Environmental Justice Movement Why the Smartphone Became the Lightsaber of the Environmental Justice Movement
by Kristin Moe
From West Virginia to the Gulf Coast, residents of communities facing environmental problems are discovering that visual storytelling brings results. Their number-one tool is the humble smartphone.
Paradise Farmed: Inside Kaua'i's Local Food Movement Paradise Farmed: Inside Kaua'i's Local Food Movement
by James Trimarco
The issue of local food is more urgent when you're more than 2,400 miles away from the nearest continent.
Remember that Famous Study About Obedience to Authority? Here's How Stanley Milgram Got it Wrong Remember that Famous Study About Obedience to Authority? Here's How Stanley Milgram Got it Wrong
by Andy Lee Roth
According to conventional wisdom, psychologist Stanley Milgram's famous experiment revealed that human beings are hardwired to obey authority. But author Gina Perry looked at Milgram's data—and she's not convinced.
Be a Maptivist! (And 4 Other Tips to Unleash Your Inner Cartographer) Be a Maptivist! (And 4 Other Tips to Unleash Your Inner Cartographer)
by Erika Lundahl, Rachael Stoeve
Feeling a little lost? Looking for some direction in your life? Here are five unconventional ways to help you get where you're going.
Fracking Standoff in Texas: One Woman's Struggle to Stop Drilling on Her Family's Land Fracking Standoff in Texas: One Woman's Struggle to Stop Drilling on Her Family's Land
by Rachael Stoeve
Frances Shure is responsible for decisions over whether to let gas companies frack land that's been in her family for generations. The more she's learned about the process, the less willing she's been to say "yes."
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