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Youth Energy Summit team gather for fall summit

The 10th annual Fall Summit, held at Saint John's University on Oct. 12, engaged over 200 students and coaches from 16 Youth Energy Summit teams from central and southern Minnesota. Students participated in sessions like "Measuring Your Project's...

YES! students paddle a 34-foot Voyageur canoe as a way to learn about tracking data for projects at the 2016 YES! Fall Summit on Oct. 12 at St. John's University.
YES! students paddle a 34-foot Voyageur canoe as a way to learn about tracking data for projects at the 2016 YES! Fall Summit on Oct. 12 at St. John's University.
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The 10th annual Fall Summit, held at Saint John's University on Oct. 12, engaged over 200 students and coaches from 16 Youth Energy Summit teams from central and southern Minnesota.

Students participated in sessions like "Measuring Your Project's Success," "FUNdraising 101," "Intro for New Teams/Students," and "Project Sharing" that connected them with peers, engaged them in tools for success, and demonstrated funding ideas as they head into the 2016-17 YES! Season.

The theme for this year's Fall Summit was "Say YES! to Youth-Led Water Solutions." YES! was fortunate to have Dr. Kate Brauman, Lead Scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, present her topic on "Why Global Water Matters" as the keynote. One student commented, "I thoroughly enjoyed the keynote speaker. She introduced many new ideas and issues that I had never even thought about."

Two of the big highlights at the summit this year were the climbing wall and 34-foot Voyageur canoe from Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. YES! works hard to bring opportunities like these to its students at events to further engage them in alternative ways of learning.

YES! was also fortunate to have regional experts, Jon Morales from the Middle Fork Crow Watershed District and Mark Haugen and Cassidy Martin from the University of Minnesota 4-H Extension, assist with sessions.

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