YES! Announces McKnight Foundation Project Funding Winners

Written and Submitted by Ali Dahmes, West Central YES! Coordinator   On November 6, 2017, the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) Program announced the 2017 winners of the McKnight Foundation Project Funding.  Funding was awarded to teams whose projects engage and empower youth to make an impact in their school and/or community on climate change through hands-on projects.  Through a competitive process, nine teams received awards. The project funding is a... [Read More...]

Westbrook-Walnut Grove (WWG) 2017 Black Out Day

  Written and submitted by a guest. On October 25, 2017 our school, Westbrook-Walnut Grove (WWG0, had Black Out Day. Black Out Day was meant to see how much our school could save if we would shut of all the lights and most electronics. The purpose of Blackout Day was to reduce the amount of electricity for a single day. We also did this to raise awareness of how much energy we use at school. Finally any money saved was matched (by Earth... [Read More...]

Fall Summit – NE Region

Submitted by Jim DeVries, NE MN  YES! Coordinator   October 16, 2017 was the day of the Northeast Region Fall Summit.  We had 4 teams represented with over 40 participants.  The day started with some outdoor team building activities.  Teams were blended to enable connections to other schools in hopes that cross communications would offer insights into how other teams function. After a brief stint outdoors the teams gathered in the main lodge... [Read More...]

“The Climate is Changing, Are YOU?”

Written and Submitted by Ali Dahmes, West Central YES! Coordinator Throughout the day during the Fall Summit at St. John’s University, Climate Generation staff Jothsna Harris and Green Corps member Kira Liu presented to students about how to put on a community event using their climate convening model. The three parts to an event like this includes science, stories, and solutions. Jothsna and Kira taught students about the science of climate change... [Read More...]

“Water, Water Everywhere. We Really Need to Care.”

Written and Submitted By:  Ali Dahmes, West Central YES! Coordinator   Water really is everywhere, especially in the land of 11,842 lakes. Students from Forest Lake, Sleep Eye Public, Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s, Mankato West, Melrose, Royalton, and Yellow Medicine East Schools participated in a 55 minute session about water. More specifically, they heard from two different water specialist. Jon Morales from Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District... [Read More...]

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