Youth for the Environment and People (YEP!)

Creating a space for youth voices, leadership, and advocacy on issues students care about.

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Calling all high school students in Whatcom and Skagit Counties interested in collaborating with other youth on a climate action project!

Youth for the Environment and People (YEP!) provides an opportunity for students to share ideas and passions, learn about climate change solutions, engage in local stewardship projects, and work together with other youth in choosing, planning and implementing a group action project. And, of course, have fun!

YEP! participants will:

  • Meet and work with other youth in the region to create and implement a student-led action project
  • Discover, empower, and refine individual skills and talents
  • Practice stepping into leadership roles
  • Connect with local organizations working to solve local climate change in our region
  • Learn about local and global climate change solutions
  • Visit two State Parks on a couple of Saturday sessions (transportation and lunch provided)

YEP! helped me learn about climate change, it helped me learn about people, and it helped me learn about myself.” – Diego, 2021 YEP! Participant

We offer two concurrent cohorts — one in Whatcom and one in Skagit — coming together to participate in two State Park field days! Using the climate solutions-based framework provided by Project Drawdown, cohorts will explore the ways our local food system contributes to the climate crisis. Each cohort will then choose and complete a project that connects climate solutions and food systems to better society. Facilitators guide, support, and educate while students lead and work collaboratively on the project.

More details about the program
  • Applicants must attend high school in Whatcom or Skagit counties (applicants will form two cohorts consisting of 15 students each; one Whatcom, one Skagit)
  • This program will run for 10 weeks from October 3rd until December 12th 
  • We provide a $150 stipend upon completion of the group project to compensate students for their time and efforts
Questions? Please contact:

YEP@re-sources.org

Details, how to apply and benefits for 2022

Timeline

Application due: 5:00 pm Monday, Sept. 19th.

Informed of acceptance into program: Between Sept. 19th and the 23rd. You must confirm you want to accept the offer by Monday, Sept. 26th.

Note: all of the above correspondence will happen via email.

Who can participate? Applicants must attend high school in Whatcom or Skagit counties (applicants will form two cohorts consisting of 15 students each; one Whatcom, one Skagit.)

When is it? Starting the week of October 3, both groups of YEP! run for 10 weeks including two Saturday stewardship field days in October, ending the week of December 12th (no meeting the week of November 21).

Where and when are the meetings? Whatcom cohort will meet Mondays from 4-6 PM at Options High School in Bellingham and Skagit cohort with meet Mondays from 3-5 at Burlington Edison High School.

Who are the facilitators? YEP! is co-facilitated by Cambry Baker (Whatcom cohort)  Education Specialist at RE Sources & (Skagit cohort) Neal Smeltzer, Youth Leadership Coordinator at North Cascades Institute.

What are the benefits? We provide a $150 stipend upon completion of the group project to compensate students for their time and efforts. Must attend 9 of the 12 sessions and participate in the group project to receive the stipend.

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