YES! Quarterly
W inter 2019 

YES! Teams 2018-2019

We are excited for all of the YES! teams participating this year! Check out what each of them are working on here.      

Winter Workshops

This year YES! is offering 13 customized Winter Workshops. Each workshop focuses on a topic of interest for a team in order to help that team acquire a deeper understanding of that topic. Experts are brought in to present information and students participate in hands-on activities and tours of locals business and organizations. These workshops aid teams to better understand topics in order to successfully accomplish their projects in their schools and communities. Read on about the Winter Workshop offerings this year:
  • January 23 at Ney Nature Center: Local Foods for a Changing World
  • February 6 at Lake Superior College: Supermileage Vehicles
  • February 13 at Ney Nature Center: Water Quality and Prairie Restoration
  • February 15 at Parkers Prairie High School: Go Native and Help Water Quality
  • February 22 in Duluth: Alternative Energy and Environmental Stewardship
  • February 26 at Blattner Energy: Spare a Watt, Save a Lot
  • February 26 at Lake Country Power: Electricity Generation and Usage
  • February 27 at the Sleepy Eye Community Center: Energy Efficiency
  • March 5 at Northland Arboretum: Rain Gardens, Water Conservation & Climate Change
  • March 5 in Spicer: Plant Your Roots
  • March 8 at Parkers Prairie High School: Go Native and Help Water Quality
  • March 20 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter: Say "YES!" to Healthy Soil = Healthy Lives
  • March 21 at St. John's University: Water is Life

YES! Alumni Spotlight: Jasmine Nieto

Jasmine joined the YES! Team at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) in 2009 and participated as a student until 2014, then coached the ACGC YES! Team for the 2014-2015 school year. She enjoyed the multitude of projects she worked on while participating in YES!
Jasmine notes, "I think that YES! was an outlet for me to excel in all my interests. YES! let me hone in on my networking and public speaking skills while doing something that I have a passion for. I am following my passion for nature by working towards a degree in biology, and then a career in either environmental education or nature conservation. Through YES! I was able to see first-hand what careers I could pursue with my love of biology."

We are very proud to have Jasmine as a alumnus of YES! and are thankful she feels the same way. Jasmine reflects, "I do not think that I can stress how important organizations like YES! are in developing well-rounded young adults. I think that learning by doing is the perfect motto for this organization-YES! has students going out and making changes in their communities. I think that by teaching young students they can make a difference, YES! is empowering new generations to be the leaders of the future. I look forward to hearing about future projects by students!"

Thanks for sharing, Jasmine! We love hearing from YES! alumni and are so thankful for all the wonderful work you have done as a student and coach. Read more from Jasmine here.  

Join us at the Healthy Soil = Healthy Lives Event on March 20th at Gustavus Adolphus College!

When talking about environmental change and making a better future, we need to start from the ground up, literally. On March 20th, YES! and Gustavus Adolphus College invite you to Healthy Soil = Healthy Lives to learn about soil health and its importance to you, Minnesota, and the planet. This event is part of our winter workshop series in which YES! teams come together to better understand topics to successfully accomplish projects around the environment. This event is sponsored by the Rydell Foundation and the keynote speaker is the Rydell professor David Montgomery, professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington.

To register, please visit It is $10 per student to attend and $20 for the general public. Breakfast and lunch will be provided thanks to the Rydell Foundation. Please reach out to Sophie at with any questions! 

3rd Annual State Award Competition on May 12th
Join YES! in celebrating the 3rd annual State Competition Award Ceremony at Target Field on May 12th at 1:10 PM, prior to the Twins game against the Detroit Tigers. Last year the event was attended by over 100 YES! students, coaches, staff, and supporters. To learn more, contact Shelli-Kae Foster at  

Did You Know...

We would like to offer our congratulations to the Forest Lake YES! team. Their efforts lead to Forest Lake High School being nominated for the National U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award! For more information on Green Ribbon Schools click here.

Also, we are excited to announce that YES! will be part of the Speed Green Session at the National Green Schools Conference in St. Paul on April 8.
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Alumni Spotlight
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State Award Cerermony
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