ABOUT

The Youth Environmental Action Summit (YEAS) brings together youth from across the Lower Shore of Maryland to explore ways they can take action on addressing environmental issues where they live and around the world. The Summit combines informative conference-style sessions and workshops in a fun atmosphere for a powerful day-long educational experience leading to changes in the lives, schools, and communities of young people working towards a more sustainable future. 

The 2021 Summit will take place virtually on Wednesday, March 31st - scroll down to see the agendaStudents may choose to take one of the following tracks to participate in this year's summit:


Track 1: Before the summit, think about what environmental issue(s) you care most about. Register for the summit and attend relevant sessions - including an action planning session with other students who care about the same issue as you! During the summit you'll be guided through the process of thinking about solutions and designing an action project. You'll have a chance to apply for a mini-grant, if you choose, later this spring. 
 

Track 2: Before the summit, identify a local issue and a creative solution to the issue that you could implement right here in your community. Register for the summit and submit a proposal (a short video, a timeline, and a budget) to elise.trelegan@noaa.gov using these guidelines by March 10th. We highly recommend working with a group of friends or classmates to put together a project proposal. During the summit you'll have the chance to interface with a relevant community leader or professional who will give you feedback and practical tips for making your project come to life. During the awards ceremony, your project will be recognized and may be awarded implementation funds thanks to our generous sponsors.

 

For more information or media inquiries contact:

Aurelio Giannitti at aggiannitti@salisbury.edu

Elise Trelegan at elise.trelegan@noaa.gov

Welcome & Keynote

9:00 - 9:40AM

We'll kick off YEAS right at 9AM so please consider joining a few minutes early to feel ready. YEAS Student Ambassadors will introduce you to the event before handing the mic over to our keynote. More information about this is coming soon!

Environmental Issue Workshop

9:40 - 11:00AM

When you register for YEAS, you'll indicate what environmental issues you are most interested in. We will use this information to curate sessions around these topics - ones like biodiversity, access to fresh food, water quality - and you'll choose an interactive session to attend during this time. More information about these sessions will become available in March.

Break

11:00 - 1:00PM

Take a break from the screen, grab a bite to eat, and maybe even a breath of fresh air outside if you can. Do what you need to do to come back energized for the next session!

Action Planning Workshop

1:00 - 3:00PM

Track 1: If you submitted a project proposal by March 10th, you're in Track 1. During this session you'll be paired up with one or two other groups who also submitted proposals. You'll have the chance to interface with a relevant community leader or professional who will give you feedback and practical tips for making your project come to life. They'll challenge you to think deeper about your project and you'll work as a team to refine details so it's $$$$ ready!!

Track 2: If you didn't come to the Summit with a proposal, you're in Track 2. During this session you'll be working with other students who care about the same environmental issues as you to think about creative action ideas and maybe even start planning on one! You'll have a chance to apply for a mini-grant, if you choose, later this spring to make your project come to life.

Break

3:00 - 3:30PM

A chance to catch your breath after an exciting day. But don't forget to log back in at 3:30 for the awards and closing ceremony!

Awards Ceremony & Closing

3:30 - 4:30PM

Whether you submitted a proposal or not, we hope you'll join us to wrap up an inspirational and impactful day. We'll be sharing about next steps, how to stay involved in YEAS, and celebrating! Oh, and we'll be announcing which action project proposals will receive funding for implementation.

AGENDA

summit location

We're going virtual in 2021!
Join us from home or school!

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