Join a YMCA Earth Service Corps-supported club at your school or contact us to start your own!
YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC) is driven by school clubs. Youth-led meetings last 30 minutes to 2 hours and are supported by YMCA staff and teacher advisors. Contact us to see if your school is partnered with YESC, or to start a new club!
YESC hosts monthly service projects open to all 6-12th graders. Contact us if you want to lead or participate in events!
Virtual events are great ways for students to get involved with YMCA Earth Service Corps without being part of a specific school club.
Community Meeting | March 10, 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Are you wondering what types of projects your club can tackle virtually? Is your club working on a project to help your community and school? Do you want to learn more about what other green teams are working on, like increasing the tree canopy at their school by planting 300 trees? Join us to share your ideas and get inspired by other green teams! Issaquah HS and Sammamish HS green teams are hosting our next discussion. Don't miss out!
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Earth Day Film & Photo Festival | Submissions due April 16
YESC is hosting its annual Film & Photo Festival! We are currently collecting submissions of photos and videos from youth in the Puget Sound area. The guiding theme of this year’s festival is “Celebrating the Earth.” Videos will fall into three categories based on running time: under 10 seconds, under 60 seconds, and under 3 minutes. Photos can be submitted to one of six categories.
All submissions are due by Friday, April 16. A virtual event on April 27 will highlight the videos and photos submitted, announce the winners of different film and photo categories, and reveal the prizes! We can’t wait to see your submissions in celebration of the Earth. Submit a video or photo >
Environmental Symposium | April 21, 1:00 - 4:30pm
The Environmental Symposium is an opportunity for youth in grades 8-12 to engage in a series of interactive, skills-based workshops with environmental professionals from around the Puget Sound. Workshop topics include environmental justice, water quality, waste reduction, and more! Youth will network with passionate peers and adults as well as gain tools to address local environmental issues and create real, positive change for their communities.
Register by April 18 >
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 >
Each fall, youth from across the Puget Sound Region gather to tackle pressing environmental issues in their communities. The Summit unites young environmentalists with environmental professionals to create more sustainable schools and neighborhoods and explore environmental careers. Table-topic discussions culminate in a town hall meeting that transforms conversation threads into a tangible and meaningful call to action. If you are interested in participating, hosting a table, being an emcee, bringing a school group, volunteering as event support, or want to learn more, please contact us.
Each spring, youth and environmental professionals learn from each other during a day of engaging, hands-on workshops. Like the Summit, workshop topics are selected, curated, and often presented by youth leaders. If you are interested in participating, leading a workshop, being an emcee, bringing a school group, volunteering as event support, or want to learn more, please contact us.
Dive deeper into your leadership skills and environmental activism! Join a one-day or weekend-long retreat with other teens in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Through workshops and reflection, strengthen your own abilities as a leader, understand multiple sides of environmental issues, and build community with a passionate network of peers. If you are interested in participating or want to learn more, please contact us.
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.
Nurturing innovation, fostering a sense of responsibility and building leadership skills, we ensure our future leaders will be active and engaged servant leaders.
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.