The Youth Empowerment & Sustainability Summit (YESS!)

What happens when 120 young people from public and private schools from upstate NY and the city, along with 18 youth from schools in the UK and Sweden decide to take the future into their own hands as stewards of the natural world? The YESS Summit, Feb 6-8 at the Ashokan Center, where civic mindedness meets global action.

Co-presented by
The Woodstock Day School & The Ashokan Center

The Youth Empowerment & Sustainability Summit (YESS!) is a global climate solution and leadership summit for young people who are ready to change their lives and their communities by working towards climate resilience. The three-day event is designed to empower students from middle school through college by teaching them to develop solutions-based thinking and civic engagement skills. YESS! will be held in the heart of the Hudson Valley at the historic Ashokan Center with an opening keynote by Dr. James Hansen, renowned Columbia University climatologist and former Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Dr. Hansen will also offer a talk at Kingston Highschool on Thursday, February 6th at 7 PM that is open to the public.

Participants will gain:

  • Three days of immersive solution-based thinking developed by a youth planning committee
  • Peer-to-peer learning sessions
  • Sessions with cutting-edge regional scientists and climate experts
  • Hands-on workshops with individuals skilled in leadership development, empowerment and civic engagement skills
  • Cultural experiences and opportunities to explore Ashokan’s beautiful natural surroundings
  • Guidance to develop a YESS! Action Plan for each school team to take back for implementation in their schools and communities

Please direct media inquiries to Dr. David Penberg at 845-246-3744 x102,