Members of Sleepy Eye’s YES! team attended the YES! Fall Summit held at St. John’s University. The theme of the day was: “Say YES! to Youth-Led Water Solutions.”

Members of Sleepy Eye’s YES! team attended the 10th annual YES! Fall Summit held at St. John’s University in Collegeville on Oct. 12. The theme of the day was: “Say YES! to Youth-Led Water Solutions.” There were over 200 students from 16 YES! teams, from central and southern Minnesota, at the summit.

From the YES! website: “YES! (Youth Energy Summit) is a team-oriented youth program that uses hands-on, experiential learning and energy action projects to address energy opportunities and issues in rural Minnesota communities. Students are the energy of the YES! program. YES! teams are student groups representing schools or communities in grades 8 through 12, guided by local, adult coaches.”

In Sleepy Eye, the YES! team is made up of students from both high schools, under the guidance of science teachers, Deb Reinarts and Mary Beth Botz.

“Earlier this month the Sleepy Eye YES! team traveled to St. John’s University to discuss and learn how we can improve water quality and how much energy we actually use while using water,” reported public school team member, Hannah Schroepfer. “We had three sessions where we talked about Minnesota lakes and their physical and chemical characteristics, did activities to learn about what other teams are doing in their communities to promote better water quality, and discussed how we can promote conservation of energy.”

Some of the sessions offered were “Measuring Your Project’s Success,” “FUNdraising 101,” “Intro for New Teams/Students,” and “Project Sharing.” The day connected the teams to their peers, gave them ideas for projects and got them excited for the 2016-17 YES! season.