Youth for the Environment and People (YEP!)

Are you interested in taking action on an environmental or social issue that is important to you? Do you want to meet others interested in the same causes? Apply to be part of Youth for the Environment and People at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities! Apply online here, or click here for a printable application.

YEP! supporting youth voices

The purpose of this group is to create a student-led space for youth voices, because your voice matters — and when you take action, communities benefit. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers on issues that are important to you. You will learn how to effectively advocate for what you care about, and learn the steps to creating a movement for positive change. Over the course of the school year, you will work towards a culminating change-making project. YEP! is student-led, with support and guidance from Sustainable Schools educators and advocacy experts. 

Workshops and skills we'll work on

We will work alongside you to choose an issue that everyone agrees upon and that the organization believes they can support. Over the course of the 2018-19 school year, we will meet for a two-hour workshop once a month. In addition, you will participate in a service or action-oriented activity once a month to practice the skills you are acquiring. We will support you through weekly workshops on topics such as:
  • Civics 101
  • Problem-solving
  • Leadership
  • Collective organizing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Outreach
  • Public speaking

Requirements for participation 

  • You must be in high school (9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade) to apply. 
  • You must be able to attend two monthly two-hour workshops starting October 18th until the end of May (see dates in application). One workshop will take place at RE Sources office in Bellingham at 2309 Meridian St. above the RE Store. In addition to this workshop, we will meet one other day each month for an action or serviced oriented project.. 
  • You must live in Whatcom County.

How to apply 

You can complete the application online here, or you can print and fill out an application by clicking here.

Sasha Savoian,
Subject: Youth for the Environment and People

Drop-off or Mail:
ATTN Sasha Savoian
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Questions? Please contact:
Sasha Savoian
Education Specialist
(360) 733-8307 ext. 226

YEP! is funded by the Whatcom Community Foundation.