Interested in joining the ever-growing YES! network? Find all the information you need below!
Choose an option that works for your team!
- YES! as an Individual Class: Offer YES! as an elective class at your school, can be tailored to meet STEM requirements and/or other science graduation standards. Flexibility available to offer class for a quarter, semester and/or the entire year.
- YES! As Part of an Existing Class: Enhance a current class by adding project based learning into the curriculum. YES! can be tailored to any discipline to include science, technology, math, social studies, language arts and business.
- YES! As a Club: Teams have found creative ways to form a YES! club before or after school as well as during lunches and study halls. Some teams meet once a week, others may meet monthly or bi-weekly. There is flexibility based on the needs of the coaches and team members.
- YES! As a Community Council: Teams can pair with other community groups or members to form a council that partners in YES! initiatives.
Enlist a Coach
YES! coaches are some of our favorite people. They are energetic, enthusiastic about making their schools and communities more sustainable, and fully committed to engaging youth in the process. They are often teachers (sometimes science, ag, or industrial tech, but also language arts, social studies, PE, Spanish, special ed, gifted & talented etc.). Interested community members also make excellent coaches—in this case, it may be helpful (though not essential) to include an interested school staff person in the process. It is no surprise that people of this description are often very busy. We encourage teams to look for a community member or other school staff person to serve as “assistant” coach, or to enlist two equal co-coaches.
Complete and Submit Your Team Registration Form
To register, please complete the YES! Team Registration Form. Either scan and e-mail or print and mail the form to the address listed on the form. Each region of the state has a slightly different registration form to fill out. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you aren’t sure which form to fill out.
- Prairie Wood ELC YES! Team Registration Form If you are in the Central part of the state (coordinated by Taylor Templer of Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center).
- Ney Nature Center YES! Team Registration Form If you are in the Southern part of the state (coordinated by Ney Nature Center).
- Laurentian EC YES! Team Registration Form If you are in the NE part of the state (coordinated by Sam Horner of Laurentian Environmental Center).
After your registration is received your coordinator will be in touch by phone or e-mail to welcome you to the program and to set up a time to meet personally with your team. The YES! program is designed to “meet you where you’re at” and provide the interaction that is most useful to the unique needs of your team, school, and community.
YES! Coordinators send out weekly updates of YES! news and events, as well as grant opportunities, information resources, and other tidbits that may be useful to teams.
Questions still unanswered? When in doubt, please contact us. We are here to meet the needs of our teams, and we love to hear from you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Which YES! coordinator should I contact?
- You may simply e-mail email@example.com and we will be in contact with you to guide you to the appropriate coordinator.
Which parts of Minnesota are served by the YES! program?
- See map of current YES! teams here.
What if our community is not in the region currently served?
- We would still like to hear from you! Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We continue to work on offering the YES! program to more regions of Minnesota, and we welcome communication from prospective teams or partners.
What other communities in my area already have YES! teams?
- Please see our current map of YES! teams.
Is there an registration deadline?
- While registrations are preferred by October 1st so that teams have the opportunity to attend the Fall Summit, the application deadline is flexible. We value the opportunity to assist prospective teams in laying the groundwork for their teams prior to submitting an application. Please contact us throughout the year if you are interested in hosting a YES! team, and we will help guide you on how to best proceed.
When is the team fee due?
- The team fee is due prior to the first YES! event of the school year, the YES! Fall Summit. The date of this year’s YES! Fall Summit will be announced soon for the Southern, West Central and North Central teams and a a separate date will be announced for the Northeast teams!
What funding resources are available to YES! teams?
- The YES! program provides project seed funds to every active YES! team. Each team is also eligible for expense reimbursement (transportation, substitute teacher fees etc.). Specific amounts vary annually – please contact your coordinator for specific details.
- By participating in the YES! program, teams are also competing for YES! awards and prizes. Each spring, teams are judged regionally.
- Additionally, YES! coordinators can assist teams in seeking additional support from local organizations and businesses. Throughout the year, coordinators will also alert teams of numerous grant and award opportunities for which you can choose to apply.
What other paperwork is necessary to be a team?
- Besides the team registration, each team member is asked to fill out a 2019-20 Liability Release Form & Parent Information. We also require a final report describing your team’s activities in the spring. Report forms and processes vary annually and your coordinator will detail this information for your team at the appropriate time.