The Youth Energy Squad has served over 3,600 students and 1,630 school staff and parents since 2011.
The Youth Energy Squad works with you to collaboratively plan a program tailored to fit the needs of your school community. Our program options are designed to encourage student leadership and deep engagement with subject matter - especially STEM - and with real community issues that affect students and their families. We grow well-rounded green leaders through continued teaching and mentorship of students both in and beyond the classroom.
The Go Green Challenge (GGC) is a multi-phase sustainability competition for K-8 schools, that engages students in STEM projects and classroom activities, which allows students to explore social and environmental issues within their communities.
High School Capstone Program
The High School Capstone Program allows students to take the lead on a community-based, sustainability project throughout the course of the school year. The students, with the help of their Green School Coordinator, will investigate the wide range of social and environmental concepts and issues to come up with a project focus. The students will learn about project management and development through community engagement and hands-on learning.
The Summer Program aims to grow youth leadership in sustainability and justice by engaging high school students in developing, planning and completing youth-driven community greening projects that improve neighborhood environments within Detroit. Over the course of seven weeks and with the help of various community partners, students will work to complete these projects and address serious community needs.
The Career and Technical Education Program will provide high school students with intensive career development and mentoring in order to introduce and develop stronger pathways to green careers. The program provides 16 high school seniors the opportunity to learn about career pathways in the green trades through mentoring, employer partnerships, skill development, in-depth, project-based experiences, and a combination of wages and scholarships to support student participation. The program will also expose 300 students, grades 8-11, to green career pathways through workshops, information sessions, in-class presentations, job fairs and career panels.