YES! Teams Hear About Energy Conservation and Climate Change

Written and submitted by Michelle Isaacson, Southern YES! Coordinator   On the blustery morning of February 1, 2018, twenty-three students filled in the meeting room at Gustavus Adolphus College ( to spend the day learning more about Energy Conservation and Climate Change. Our speaker for the day, Jenna Totz from Climate Generation, ( started by explaining what she does and what her organization... [Read More...]

Water is Life, Treat it Right at Prairie Woods ELC

Written and submitted by Ali Dahmes, YES! Coordinator   On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, 30 students and their coaches from New London-Spicer Middle School (NL-S), Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC), and NL-S High School YES! teams came together to learn about water quality, best management practices, and aquatic invasive species at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.  Dylan Erickson, a watershed specialist with Middle Fork Crow River... [Read More...]

YES! Announces McKnight Foundation Project Funding Winners

Written and submitted by Ali Dahmes, West Central Coordinator    On January 25, 2018, the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) Program announced the 2018 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, five teams received awards. The project funding is a... [Read More...]

Bird Feeder

Written and Submitted by a YES! Student I’m making a bird feeder and I’m upcycling a bottle. The materials you will need is a bottle, bird seeds, string, and some wood. The estimated cost is $10 or less. A skill that I want to learn from this is that we can use bottles instead of wood.  Read More →

Mosaic Mirror- Natalie Kutscher

  Written and submitted by Natalie Kutscher, YES! Student I’m upcycling cd’s and making a mosaic mirror. Other material that I am using is acrylic paint,  probably a hammer to break the cd’s,  and a hot glue gun to stick the broken pieces along the mirror. The price to make this shouldn’t be over $20. I hope to learn how to reuse things and make them look really cool.    Read More →

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