Mentors are teachers, after school program leaders, youth group organizers, program coordinators, scout leaders, homeschool parents, college interns, and beyond. They can be adults or youth but must have the ability to convene, organize, and inspire.

We are always looking for new and different groups to partner with - if you're interested and want more information, please reach out!


Mentors support students by convening them (inside or outside of the classroom) to investigate a local environmental issue. There are two "tracks" or ways to participate in the 2021 Summit:​

  • Track 1: Before the summit facilitate the exploration of a local issue and the development of a creative solution to the issue that your students can implement right here in the community. Have your students register for the summit and support them in submitting a proposal (a short video,  a timeline, and a budget) by March 10th. During the summit your students will have the chance to interface with a relevant community leader or professional who will give feedback and practical tips for making their project come to life. During the awards ceremony, projects will be recognized and may be awarded implementation funds thanks to our generous sponsors. Ideally, after the summit you will support your students in implementing the project, though if you don't have the capacity to do this, YEAS may be able to provide technical assistance if you request it. 

  • Track 2: Before the summit encourage your students to start thinking about local environmental issues that they care about. Have your students register for the summit so we know that they'll be attending and support them in attending relevant sessions - including a workshop session where students will be guided through the process of thinking about solutions and designing an action project. They'll have a chance to apply for a mini-grant, if they choose, later this spring.  


Since this year is just a bit different than our last two summits (being virtual and all) we hosted a Mentor Info Session in January and the recording is now available to watch here

We're also more than happy to schedule a one-on-one call with you to go over details and answer your questions! Email us at aggiannitti@salisbury.edu or elise.trelegan@noaa.gov