YES Summer Program 

The Youth Energy Squad 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.



For Community Partners:

We invite community organizations, nonprofits and other partners to propose potential sustainability opportunities or issues in their neighborhoods. Proposals should include a sustainability topic, but not necessarily the details of an accompanying project. If selected, community partners will be matched with a group of students that will co-create a project to address their community’s sustainability needs. The development of the projects will include perspectives from the community partner, community members and student service members and will be overseen by AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators from the Youth Energy Squad.
We are accepting applications until March 24th. Questions? Contact Anna Balzer.

For Students:

Be on a team of community leaders and fellow students who care about bettering the community and environment.
  • Earn $900 in wages through Grow Detroit's Young Talent
  • Earn a $1,230 education award through AmeriCorps
  • Receive mentorship from adult leaders who care about your success
  • Gain leadership, communication, and professional skills
  • Available for individual ages 16-24

Here's how to Apply:



For Summer Coordinators:

We seek a dedicated and passionate person to join our team as a paid intern. As Summer Coordinator of the program, you will be responsible for the day-to-day operational success of the program. You will be the “go-to” for the administrative and operational needs of our amazing summer team.


© 2015 by the Youth Energy Squad


22400 West 7 Mile Rd

Detroit, MI 48219

Tel: 248.228.7208


Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm

​Friday 8:30am-3:30pm