Youth Energy Summit

SEEK Updated
06/16/2016
Resource Types: 
Organization
Abstract: 

YES! has been empowering youth to partner with their community to create economic and environmental vitality through hands-on learning and team-based projects since 2007. Students are the energy of the YES! program. YES! teams are student groups representing schools or communities in grades 7 through 12, guided by local, adult coaches. Since its inception in 2007, the program has engaged over 2,600 youth.  These youth have worked with over 4,300 local businesses, organizations and community members to accomplish their goals.  These projects have impacted more than an additional 125,700 community members and 87,400 students.

Our goals are to:

  • Engage youth and empower them to take positive action in their communities
  • Develop leadership, community-building, and problem-solving skills
  • Increase awareness of career, economic, and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Increase knowledge about energy issues & opportunities
  • Create sustainable communities

YES! is going statewide and accepting applications for new teams!  To sign up for this program or learn more information about it, visit www.youthenergysummit.org/prospective-teams.  Registration forms are preferred by Oct. 15 of each school year.

YES! is offered through a collaborative partnership between Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, Laurentian Environmental Center, Ney Nature Center, and Lakes Country Service Cooperative with major funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF), the McKnight Foundation, and Southwest Initiative Foundation.

Topic Areas: 
Climatology
Compost
Conservation
Environmental Education
Environmental Studies
Green living
Pollution
Prairies
Recycling
Rivers
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)
Stewardship
Sustainability
Waste Management
Waste Prevention
Water
Wetlands
Target Audience: 
Citizen and Youth Groups
Grades 10-12
Grades 7-9
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Fee: 
Yes
Cost: 
Participation fee varies from year to year
Library loan: 
Yes
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
Yes
Season: 
August through May
Contact(s) or order information.: 

For any questions, please e-mail sayyes@youthenergysummit.org or call Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center at 320-354-5894.

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