Youth for Environment and People (YEP!)

YEP! is a committee for high school students interested in taking action on an environmental or social issue important to them. If you need more resources to make it happen, or if you want to meet other like-minded students with a passion for similar causes, then this program is for you! Applications are closed until next school year, so please check back in the fall!

YEP! is for supporting young peoples' voices

This program is designed for young people who want their voices heard. We want to support people in 9th – 12th grade who are interested in learning how to work towards change in their communities and beyond. This is the first year of YEP!. Its purpose is to create a space for youth voice. This year, you and your peers will be tasked with planning and hosting a spring event for teenagers from across Whatcom County. The event will focus on bringing attention to an issue the committee members have chosen. 

Meetings and issues we'll work on

We will work alongside you to choose an issue that everyone agrees on and that the organization believes they can support. This means that you will come into the first meeting willing to hear different perspectives and ideas. You will meet at RE Sources once per week from February 28th to April 29th. We will not meet during spring break or on holidays. You will be working together to plan a spring event on April 29th for teenagers from across the county which will provide information on the issue you have chosen and training for how to take action on it. We will support you through weekly workshops on topics such as:
  • Civics 101
  • Local government
  • Conflict resolution
  • Collective organizing
  • 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 a weekly two-hour meeting starting in late February until the end of April (excluding spring break). 
  • You must live in Whatcom County.

How to apply  You can complete the application online here.

Questions? Please contact:
Priscilla Brotherton
Sustainable Schools Program Manager
(360) 733-8307 ext. 218

YEP! is funded by the Whatcom Community Foundation.