2012 – Service Through Environmental Mentorship
MEEC is gearing up for its 8th Annual Youth Environmental Leadership Conference (YELC) – the office is buzzing with energy as staff works with MEEC partners to take YELC to the next level of leadership by incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through Environmental Service Learning Projects – “YELC 2012 is sure to be the best year’s ever, students and teachers will not want to miss this opportunity,” stated Cindi Wray, YELC Coordinator.
YELC Keynote Motivational Speaker will be Joel Greene, the founder and host of the national television program Curiosity Quest and Curiosity Quest Goes Green. This year YELC is open to teams of two to eight students in grades 3 through 12 attending with a teacher/advisor, the theme is Service Through Environmental Mentorship. The Conference will showcase energetic, knowledgeable, and dedicated professionals from a variety of backgrounds who will not only motivate students to complete an Environmental Service-Learning project within their community, but also serve as mentors for the students.
YELC will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Mariposa Elementary in Lancaster and on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Lewis Center, Academy of Education in Apple Valley. Both events will begin at 9 am and end at 3 pm. The Conference is first phase intended to provide students and their advisors with hand-on activities, Service-Learning information, networking opportunities, development of leadership skills, team building and cooperation skills, scientific methodology, and ideas to develop projects addressing locally relevant environmental issues. The students will then develop and facilitate an ongoing service project in their school/community. Attending teams are eligible to apply for a YELC mini-grant award up to $500 that will serve to fund the implementation of their service learning project.
In the spring, teams will reunite for a special celebration where they will present their projects, receive recognition for their efforts, and have enjoyable time learning about the various projects implemented by other students throughout the High Desert.
In addition to the new direction of YELC 2012, MEEC will be hosting two STEM Service-Learning Teacher Workshops in October 2011, which will introduce educators to the interdisciplinary benefits of Environmental STEM Service-Learning Projects.
Fall workshop dates and locations are:
Tuesday, October 11th — 4:30 PM– 7:30 PM Mariposa Elementary,
737 W Avenue E, #H6, Lancaster, CA 93534, Registration Deadline: October 5
Tuesday, October 25th — 4:30 PM– 7:30 PM, Mojave Desert AQMD,
14306 Park Ave., Victorville, CA 92392, Registration Deadline: October 17
For more information regarding the fall workshops, click here: YELC MEEC FLyer.
For information about developing a “Service Learning Project”