The YESS program empowers youth to engage directly in climate change solutions. Through an experiential education program that incorporates cutting-edge classroom curricula with hands-on science, high school students explore why sea level rise is happening and how their lives will be impacted. YESS allows those who will be most impacted by climate change – young people – to have a voice on the issue and to spark a broader conversation about risk and resiliency.
The YESS program offers the following opportunities to high schools in San Mateo County:
- In classroom presentations and activities
- Field trips
- Final project support
- Teacher’s Guide (Correlated with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core)
Youth empowerment to meet the challenges of a changing climate
Our mission: Educate students about sea level rise, engage young people meaningfully in local science and policy, and empower youth to have a voice in adaptation planning.
Our impact since 2017:
- 500 individuals have participated in the YESS program
- 500+ native plants planted during habitat restoration field trips at the East Palo Alto Baylands
- Student participation in the Living Shoreline Art Project
- Community partnerships with non-profit including Grassroots Ecology and artist Linda Gass
- 9 San Mateo County high schools engaged in service-based learning
Join us in connecting young people to science and policy. Here’s how:
Use the YESS curriculum in your classroom: The curriculum is well-suited to environmental science classes (APES, chemistry, Marine Biology, Earth Sciences) and has been aligned to NGSS and Common core standards. Download the YESS Teacher’s Guide here.
Request a free presentation or field trip: Contact Jackie Nunez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2018 Photo Highlights:
- South San Francisco High School students participating in habitat restoration at the East Palo Alto Baylands.
- Woodside High collaborating to develop an adaptation strategy for a hypothetical community in the Game of Floods.