The Youth Environmental Leadership Conference (YELC) is an exciting, hands-on, one-day STEM Service Learning-focused conference designed to introduce students and educators to environmental professionals and potential careers, while encouraging students to develop environmental service learning projects that improve their local environment. Teams of two to eight students, in grades 3 through 12, along with an attending teacher/advisor, from schools throughout the Mojave and High Desert, are invited to take part in this unique and FREE Conference.
During YELC Fall 2013, attendees will hear a motivational address from Joel Green, founder and host of the national television program Curiosity Quest, and will enjoy learning about many recycling and green service learning team projects; attend three engaging hands-on workshops (Recycling, Robotics, and more). School Garden Project Mentor Christie Robinson will be on hand to answer any school garden project questions you and your team may have. Teams already working on an environmental STEM service learning project (SLP) or teams who have yet to begin a project, will identify ways to improve their projects or begin an environmental SLP to benefit their community and the environment! With a strong focus on STEM service learning projects, MEEC is providing the necessary tools to assist our nation’s youth gain the skills required to succeed in today’s challenging world. This includes the ability to think critically, solve complex problems and drive advancements in science and technology. With science and engineering jobs growing 70% faster than other occupations, STEM school students will be at an advantage when competing for high tech, high-wage jobs of the future and regions which focus their efforts on STEM will be at an advantage by cultivating such a workforce and attracting the associated jobs.
New to YELC this year is the “STEMFest”, an opportunity for teams to rotate through the arena engaging with experts, mentors and other exhibitors to learn more about STEM environmental careers and projects while having fun with hands-on activities.
Lunch, snacks, and all conference materials are provided free of charge. Additionally, teams participating in YELC are eligible to apply for a project grant up to $250 to implement or further their environmental service learning project! By applying for and accepting these grant funds, you also agree to come back and participate with your team in the follow-up Spring 2014 YELC Showcase to share your project (regardless of what stage it’s in) with other teams.
Transportation reimbursement is available upon request (if applicable) for participating teams, including, but not limited to, the Antelope Valley.
Attending teams will reunite at the YELC Showcase in Spring 2014 to share their projects and receive recognition. Dates TBA.
We are aware that last year’s conference date posed some scheduling dilemmas for many of you that do not start school until after September 5th, so we are offering you the following solution:
Teams may be made up of students other than those that are currently in your class this year. Students may have graduated to the next grade level but would still like to be a part of the STEM SL team, and may still do so. We encourage the teams to do their best to stay within the following grade levels; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12 so that they are within the same learning curves. To this end, we are recommending that you begin selecting your teams prior to school letting out this year so that you will be able to have parents complete the necessary participation forms and return them to MEEC by the September 5, 2013 Deadline.
It is our intention that these guidelines may provide educators a better opportunity to form their teams in a timely fashion and participate in the Fall 2013 YELC event.
If you haven’t already downloaded and completed your team application, do so today! Click here for a printable Team Application and Liability form (separate forms; Liability form only required for each student): YELC_Team_app_2013_filable (2) and Release of Liability filable FOR 2013. ***NOTE: YOU MUST ENABLE PRINTING. We do understand that some confusion has arisen from the student release form stating “no handwritten” will be accepted, and we acknowledge that you will need to send the form home with your students for their parents to complete and sign. This will not present a problem on the Student Release and Liability forms. We are still getting the “bugs” out with our new online forms this year. Suggested Browser: Chrome. We look forward to working with you and your team!
Submit your team application and the transportation reimbursement request (if applicable) right away. YELC Mini Grants are not due at the time you submit your team application.
YELC MINI-GRANT APPLICATIONS are DUE on December 30, 2013. YELC 2013 Fall Mini Grant Application
Conference Dates are:
Granite Hills HS, Apple Valley
22900 Esaws Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307
8:30AM – 4:15PM
Saturday, October 5, 2013
If you have any questions, please contact Christie Robinson, YELC Coordinator at (760) 245-1661 ext. 6101 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.