During the March 1, 2023 virtual workshop, “Students Working Together: Energy Actions at School,” presenters Jake Selseth and Alexis Troschinetz from Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) taught middle school and high school students from central and western MN about ways their YES! team can help their school become more energy efficient. Jake kicked off the workshop with an introduction
On February 28, 2023, students from the Youth Eco Solutions (YES!) team at Harbor City International School dove into the topic of water quality during a full-day workshop where local experts taught them about threats to water quality in Duluth and actions that can protect aquatic ecosystems. Ryan Granlund, Duluth Utility Programs Coordinator, spoke about stormwater programs before taking the
Who doesn’t have gut issues these days? During the Soil Health + Gut Health = Human Health Virtual Workshop on Jan. 27, 2023, high school students from Youth Eco Solutions (YES!) teams across MN learned about the relationship between the soil ecosystem and the human gut. Jolene Carlson, licensed nutritionist and soil health advocate, revealed the ways in which that relationship influences how we
YES! is excited to announce our partnership with University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in a National Science Foundation Grant 2147839 where students not only learn and talk about the climate crisis, but are called into action through a mock United Nations summit. In this mock United Nations summit, students propose climate actions on behalf of eight diverse interest groups.
On a brisk early autumn day, September 28, 2022, in Spicer, MN, 120 middle and high school students gathered outdoors at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center (PWELC) to learn about pollinators, healthy soil, community-building, and tips for successful eco-action projects during the Youth Eco Solutions (YES!) Fall Summit. YES! teams that participated include Lac qui Parle Valley, MACCRAY,
On May 15, Youth Eco Solutions (YES!) held its annual awards ceremony at the Target Field Baseball Stadium. In attendance were three finalist teams, as well as Program Manager Joe Dunlavy, Program Coordinators Deb Groebner and Jasmine Nieto, Former Program Coordinator Taylor Templer, partners from the University of Minnesota, and additional non-finalist team members as well as their family and