Mark Your Calendars!! Friday, February 28, 2020

Welcome to YES! The 2020 Delaware Youth Environmental Summit

Inspire - Inform - Engage - Empower

The 2020 Youth Environmental Summit

YES! is a statewide confab for all Delaware high school students interested in protecting our Earth, from home schoolers, to all public, parochial and independent schools in Delaware.  YES! will be held February 28, 2020 in Dover.  

YES! is a wide collaborative partnership of Delaware nonprofit organizations, educators, agencies, businesses, and students who want to make a difference by engaging Delaware's youth in issues and advocacy on environmental issues!

Get Involved

Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't make YES! a reality without the help of supporters like you. 


Sponsorships & Exhibitors

Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

Dear Prospective Partners:

On behalf of Youth from across the First State, we are thrilled to announce YES! - the 2020 Youth Environmental Summit - a day-long conference to be held on Friday, February 28th at Del-Tech in Dover, planned by engaged students representing public, charter and independent high schools from across the state.

A major goal of the Summit is to educate and inspire Youth to encourage their leadership on environmental issues in the near future and the coming years, in Delaware and beyond. Action plans will be developed for students to bring about a growing network of certified green schools across the state, to save energy, reduce waste, and improve our health.

The Summit will include time for reflection, team building, a keynote speaker, panel discussions, meetings and workshops with state legislators, art installations, advocacy training, and lots of dialog!

Key organizers include representatives from Zero Waste First State, Odyssey Charter School, Green Buildings United, TeenSharp, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light, the Charter School of Wilmington, the Brandywine School District, and student leaders representing schools from across the state.

We invite you to participate in the 2020 Youth Summit by becoming a partnering sponsor. Sponsors will be recognized with logo placement on advance materials, in media promotions, social media and web site placements, reusable bags, event t-shirts, and in signage throughout the day of the event. Sponsors are invited to table in the Exhibit Hall the day of the event. Sponsorships will ensure the event is free to all students, including lunch and refreshments throughout the day, and provide transportation as necessary.

Sponsorship supports coverage of other costs associated with the event, including facility rental, technology needs, program printing, web site, signage, reusable bags and water bottles, participant t-shirts, and speaker fees and transportation.

For more information, please feel free to contact us. Thank you in advance for your support of this important inaugural state-wide event. See you in February!


Working Group


Working Group Members

Dee Durham, Plastic Free Delaware & Zero Waste First State

Melissa Tracy, Odyssey Charter School

LeAnne Harvey, Delaware Pathways to Green Schools & Green Buildings United

Diana Burk, St. Andrews School

Stephanie Messenger, Charter School of Wilmington

Patti Isaacs-Hansen, Plastic Free Delaware & Zero Waste First State

Lisa Locke, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light

Cheryl Siskin, Plastic Free Delaware & Zero Waste First State

Kim Ilardi, Delaware Pathways to Green Schools

Chuck Wagner, Plastic Free Delaware & Zero Waste First State

Tatiana Poladko, TeenSharp

Jammie Gaffney, Teen Sharp

Roni Gates, Odyssey Charter School

Michael Anderson, Plastic Free Delaware & Zero Waste First State

Michelle Kutch, Brandywine School District

Meredith Hooper, Odyssey Charter School

Kristin Brubaker, Whiting-Turner

Stacy Bartkowski, Newark Charter School

Trish Baines, Plastic Free Delaware & Zero Waste First State

Claire Simmers, Sierra Club Delaware

Sherri Evans-Stanton, Sierra Club Delaware

Dustyn Thompson, Sierra Club Delaware

Nora Lober, Delaware Pathways to Green Schools

Jeff Taschner, Delaware State Education Association

Shweta Arya, Plastic Free Delaware

Susan Wilson, Plastic Free Delaware & Kids Care in the Square

Emily Knearl, Delaware Nature Society

David Pragoff, Delaware Nature Society


Beth Chajes, Citizens Climate Lobby