We would like to build relationships with select sponsors who share a similar vision for our community - where youth feel connected to the Eastern Shore and imagine themselves as future business owners, community leaders, and environmental advocates. To pull off an event of this magnitude, we rely on the support of generous funders. If you or your organization has the capacity to support YEAS please contact us directly. 

YEAS is modeled after the Wild Center's Youth Climate Program a global initiative that empowers young people to take climate action in their schools and communities. The Youth Climate Summit model has been replicated at over 30 sites around the world as a pathway for elevating youth voice in the movement to address climate change. For more information, visit www.wildcenter.org/youthclimate


Meet The Steering Committee

Hema Bhaskaran

Super-star environmental science teacher from James Bennett High School, Hema is a Chesapeake Bay Foundation TELL Mentor and designer of exemplary Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for her students. 

Londyn Wiggins

Londyn is a student at James Bennett H.S. who is active in Future Business Leaders of America, her ballet studio, and the art club among many other things! She's most passionate about air pollution issues. Londyn is also YEAS's Social Media Specialist.

Amy Rhodes

Amy is the 4-H Extension Educator focused on Youth Development for Wicomico County, University of Maryland Extension. She brings years of experience around youth-adult partnerships, leadership development, and STEM.

Aurelio Giannitti

Aurelio is the Education Director at the Ward Museum. He's organized a number of large-scale youth programs including the STREAM after-school program and the annual Ward Museum student art show. Aurelio is co-director of YEAS and an NAAEE ee360 fellow.

Elise Trelegan

Elise is the Coordinator for NOAA's Chesapeake B-WET Program. She's passionate about supporting young people as they take action on environmental issues in their own communities. Elise is co-director of YEAS and an NAAEE ee360 Fellow. 

Clifton Griffin

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Salisbury University, Clifton brings years of experience organizing the SU Research Day and Innovation Showcase. He's also a board member of the Ward Museum.

Sofia Carrasco

Sofia is a junior at Salisbury University who is passionate about educating the next generation. She is double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Journalism and also an intern with the Migrant Clinicians Network.

Brian Raygor

Brian is the Science and STEM Supervisor for Wicomico County Public Schools. His commitment to supporting environmental literacy in the district is second to none and also leads green-efforts in his church.

Merland Orneus

Rock and Roll Revival, Charity Committee, and Smart Team are just a sampling of Merland's involvement at James Bennett H.S. She's hopeful that people who participate in YEAS will gain an understanding of how their actions impact the environment. 

Jerry Kelley

Another super-star teacher, hailing from Parkside High School, Jerry Kelley is an instructor of horticulture and founded the A+ Garden Center where students learn to grow and sell plants through the Career Technical Education program.

Alyssa Massey

Alyssa is an Americorps with the City of Salisbury and coordinates sustainability efforts. Among other initiatives, she helped to organize the "Green Team" and waste reduction program during the 2018 National Folk Festival.


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