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Youth Energy Summit (YES!)

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

Youth Energy Summit (YES!) 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 Michelle Isaacson.

2016-2017 Southern Teams Include:
Belle Plaine High School
Forest Lake High School
Mankato West High School
Henderson Minnesota New Country School
New Prague Alternative Learning Center
New Ulm Middle School
Sleepy Eye High Schools
Springfield High School
Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School

For more information on the YES! Program, please visit