University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

4-H & Youth

Teens Invited to Explore Environmental Issues

Students in the YES program

Barre--Middle and high school students with an interest in environmental issues and making a difference in their communities should say "yes" to YES!, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H's annual Youth Environmental Summit. It takes place at the Barre Civic Center in Barre on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The goal of the summit is to empower students to be environmental advocates in their schools, homes and communities through information sharing, networking with environmental professionals and their peers and hands-on activities including an exhibit scavenger hunt to learn about Vermont's environmental organizations and programs.

Students in Grades 7-12 may register at http://go.uvm.edu/teen-leadership-programs. The fee is $10. Oct. 15 is the deadline for registration and to request a disability-related accommodation to participate. For the latter, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972, ext. 402, or (866) 260-5603 (toll-free in Vermont).

Participants will have a choice of four concurrent workshops, many student-led, on topics ranging from composting, vermiculture and plastics recycling to watersheds and conservation efforts to protect wildlife worldwide. Several workshops also focus on climate-related topics  including climate change, policy, the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, how  to become a youth climate leader and the work of the Lyndon State College Climate Change Communication Group.

Following the summit, students are encouraged to design their own service-learning project that will enable them to take action locally on an environmental issue. They are invited to share these projects at the 2018 summit.

If questions, contact Lauren Traister at lauren.traister@uvm.edu.