The first annual Youth Exploring Stewardship Conference was held on October 13th and 14th at Cal-Wood Education Center outside Jamestown, Colorado. The conference will be free and open to high-school-aged youth who are already involved in stewardship and environmental leadership or who are interested and looking to learn more.
The YES Conference will focus on connecting diverse youth, giving youth the tools and resources to take their engagement to the next level, and building a regional culture of stewardship. Youth will have the chance to lead one another in restoration work, meet with and learn from professionals in a variety of relevant fields, and participate in workshops on topics ranging from botany and fire ecology to equity and inclusiveness.
Because the YES Coalition is focused on meeting the real needs of young people, the conference agenda is being determined with input from youth themselves. With 16 organizations involved in the coalition, we have been able to solicit feedback from a diverse range of young people.