Youth Engaged in Sustainable Solutions

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Join Us

Kari Ann Elling
[email protected]
(253) 798-4223

Do you love the earth?  Do you demonstrate your care for the earth in how you make decisions and act? Do you worry about keeping the earth healthy for generations to come? Join other youth, like you, in Youth Engaged in Sustainable Solutions (YESS)! 

In the community 

OceanFest Beach Cleanup

June 11, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - noon

Purdy Sandspit

View all OceanFest events

Join us outside in June at a community service project

Pitch In For Parks @ Kobayashi Park Chambers Canyon

June 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Registration Required

Register Here

Smart and Resilient School Summit

June 11, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Harvard Elementary School, Franklin Pierce School District. Lunch will be provided, RSVP here by June 6.

In the classroom

"Think of one element and speak in its voice through pictures and words.

  1. What would the fire raging in California say to the world?
  2. What would the wind from Hurricane Maria demolishing Puerto Rico sound like?
  3. What does freshly fallen rain on a state in drought feel and taste like through poetry? Love? Relief?

Think of it as creating an open letter from the planet.”

eARTh response

Use “trash” to create an art piece that highlights an environmental concern.

Climate change solutions poster challenge

What's your vision for a sustainable Pierce County? 

Share the future you want for our community through art! Design a poster that captures the healthy, equitable, climate safe world we will live in by 2050!

  • Open to middle and high school students in Pierce County. 
  • Recommended poster sizes 8.5x11 or 11x17
  • No entry deadline

Winners receive a free YESS canvas tote bag and an award certificate (announced in May). Winning posters will be used by Pierce County for promoting the Sustainability 2030 Plan. (Spanish


For Teachers

Share what activities you brought into your classroom to receive a free organic cotton YESS canvas tote.

eARTh art

Campus litter clean-up

Walk your school grounds, pick up what doesn’t belong, and send us pictures of your efforts.

Learn about orcas

See Water We Doing for Orcas? then, play the Orca & Salmon game!

Campus recycling challenge

Is your school recycling right?  Check out these recycling posters (Pierce County; Tacoma), then survey your bins and come up with a campaign for your school. 

Get creative

What other ideas do you have? What great things are happening that we need to know about?!

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Find local organizations to get involved with.

Peninsula High School students with their water bottle filling station

Check out these opportunities to learn more.

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Sponsored by Pierce County and the YESS Steering Committee- comprised of youth, teachers, community organizations, and local governments.