On MLK Day weekend, ICEY hosted an overnight empowerment event in Indianapolis for youth from all around Indiana. The event was called YES! (Youth Empowering Sustainability) and was held at Eastgate Christian Church. More than 50 youth came from towns all over Indiana, including Merrillville, East Chicago, Jeffersonville, Gary, Greenwood, Cumberland, and Indianapolis. We ran workshops with each region to help them brainstorm ideas for how to start groups like ours in their own towns. The groups came up with plans for events and projects they want to take on. We also ran workshops about daily actions people can take to reduce their environmental impact, sustainable food choices, and environmental advocacy. Then, we had a movie night and watched The Island President.
On MLK Day, we had an MLK observance and then we trained the youth in weatherization. We went out and weatherized 9 homes and a church in Indianapolis.