YES! (Youth Eco Solutions)

Sophie Bishop
Southern YES! Coordinator
(About Sophie)

“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, Laurentian Environmental Center, and Lakes Country Service Cooperative.

YES! empowers youth to partner with their community to create economic and environmental vitality through hands-on learning and team-based projects.

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 Sophie Bishop.

2018-2019 Southern Teams Include:

  • Mankato West High School
  • New Prague Alternative Learning Center
  • Sleepy Eye 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. Contact Sophie at

For more information on the YES! Program, please visit