YES! (Youth Eco Solutions)

Deb Groebner
Southern YES! Coordinator
(About Deb)

“Youth are going to be the people to make the change.”–YES! student

YES! (Youth Eco Solutions), formally Youth Energy Summit, is a collaborative program between Ney Nature Center, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, and Laurentian Environmental Center.

YES! Mission: Empowering youth to create solutions to today’s ecological challenges through hands-on action projects that fulfill community needs and build life-long skills.

YES! provides a unique opportunity for students to learn by engaging directly in community efforts that lead to dramatic demonstrations of renewable energy technology and conservation practices and exposes them to how science is applied in real life.

The Southern Cohort, based out of the Ney Nature Center, is coordinated by Deb Groebner.

2019-2020 Southern Teams Include:

  • Mankato West High School
  • Sleepy Eye and St. Mary’s High Schools
  • Springfield High School
  • Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School

Join YES! to be part of a network of over 30 teams across Minnesota who are actively engaged in hands-on sustainability projects that teach valuable skills such as leadership, team work, and problem solving all while having fun and helping to create solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Email Deb to learn more about YES!

For more information on the YES! Program, please visit