The Youth Energy Summit (YES!) Program is now accepting applications from schools to join for the 2016-2017 school year. Do you have students that want to build solar panels, start a school garden, do energy audits, design and build composting bins, or educate their peers and community on water and energy conservation and climate change? If you said “YES!,” then this is the program for your school! YES! is a team-oriented youth program geared for 7 - 12th graders that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues. This unique program exposes students to how STEM is applied in real life while participating in meaningful service learning projects and builds student leaders that make a difference in the entire community. Highlights of the program include:
- Access to funding to support your energy action project work
- Guidance and support through the YES! Coordinator serving the region
- Hands-on, experiential learning throughout the season
- Tours and workshops customized toward your energy action projects
- Assistance planning and implementing community events to highlight and support your work
- Opportunity to connect with other teams across the state doing this type of work in their schools and communities
- Regional and statewide competition with cash awards
YES! is looking to expand to up to 45 teams statewide. To sign up for this great program or for more information, 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, and Ney Nature Center with major funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF), the McKnight Foundation, and Southwest Initiative Foundation.