Youth-Led Environmental Leadership

YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC) is an innovative youth-led program that empowers students to take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities, and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world. 

Ways to Engage


Voices of Environmental Justice Discussion Panel | May 27, 4:00 - 5:15pm

Join YESC for conversation with Magdalena Angel–Cano from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Nyema Clark from Nurturing Roots Farm, and Shaylea Pilarski from Got Green. Panelists will discuss how community members are addressing the intersection of environmental and social issues and how youth can create positive impact through an environmental justice lens.
Who: Youth grades 6-12
When: May 27, 4-5:15pm virtually
Register: Free!
Register for the May 27 Discussion >


Year-End Celebration | June 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm
From starting gardens to standing up for climate justice, the youth and clubs of YESC have accomplished incredible things this year. Join us for a remote garden party and an evening of celebration as we recognize the outstanding achievements of our clubs and participants.
Who: Youth in YESC Clubs
When: June 8, 7-8:30 virtually
Register: Free!
Register for the Celebration >


iNaturalist | Ongoing
Are you interested in learning more about wildlife in Seattle? Do you enjoy being outside? Do you watch Planet Earth and wish you could see amazing nature in real life? iNaturalist is a mobile and web-based app where users from all over the world upload cool pictures of wildlife they see all around them. YESC started a year-long project to see how many species we can document all over Seattle and Washington.
Join the YESC Greater Seattle BioBlitz > 



Teen Expeditions

Our outdoor leadership trips will take teens to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Pacific Northwest while inspiring them to be their most courageous and confident selves.

Youth & Government

Nurturing innovation, fostering a sense of responsibility and building leadership skills, we ensure our future leaders will be active and engaged servant leaders.

Global Programs

Teen Global Programs are designed to develop international understanding, leadership skills, and cultural competency as well as provide service learning opportunities for teens ages 14-17.