YES! Quarterly
Spring 2018

YES! Has a New Look, Name, and Website!

Just in time to celebrate Earth Week, YES! is launching a new website at! We have kept our name YES! but changed the acronym definition from Youth Energy Summit to Youth Eco Solutions. After much consideration and input from a variety of stakeholders, we feel this name more accurately describes  the   mission and vision of  who YES! is today.

Celebrating All 2017-2018 YES! Teams

As we near spring judging and the end of another great year of YES!, we want to celebrate all of our 2017-2018 YES! teams across the state. Their impact has radiated beyond their schools, into their communities, and beyond! 

YES! Alumni Spotlight

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Stephanie Pederson, an alumna of the YES! team at Eden Valley-Watkins High School. She now works in Energy Services at Dakota Electric Association. While a member of the YES! team, she worked on numerous projects including a photo-voltaic solar installation. She was also given the opportunity to present information about her group's solar project at the American Solar Energy Society National Solar Conference in 2012.    

Through participating in YES!, Stephanie gained skills in "project management, public speaking, teaching techniques for different audiences, and most of all, industry knowledge!". She also believes "YES! helped our team learn about real issues happening in the world with pollution, energy, and more. Sometimes the issues could seem overwhelming, but they fueled a desire within us students to find solutions." YES! also guided her decisions about "secondary education, internships, and has landed me in a career as an energy professional". 


Her favorite part of participating in YES! were the workshops. She notes, "in sustainability, the best outcome is only possible through collaboration". We are proud of you, Stephanie and wish you the best in your career!   

YES! and Climate Generation Team Up

Join YES! and Climate Generation for these upcoming youth-led events that will help educate the public about climate change, lift up local youth   leaders, and find solutions for our communities.

More Winter Workshop Fun
The YES! coordinators have put together several customized Winter Workshops since our last newsletter, so we wanted to share what teams learned at the following events:

Now that Winter Workshops are complete, spring judging will be happening soon! We are excited to celebrate everything that teams have accomplished this school year. 

Did You Know...

The 2nd annual YES! State Championship Award will be presented at the Minnesota Twins game versus the Milwaukee Brewers on May 20th at Target Field. The 1st place team from each of the 4 regions will be invited to home plate during the pregame show to accept awards and the YES! State Championship Award will be bestowed. We invite all YES! friends and fans to join us at the game and congratulate the new YES! State Champions. Tickets to sit with YES! are reduced-price ($30) and are available by contacting Ali Dahmes via phone (320-354-5894).

In This Issue
A New Look
YES! Team Map
YES! Alumni Spotlight
Climate Convenings
Winter Workshops
Did You Know...
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