The Youth Environmental Stewardship or “YES” Program was launched to develop a cadre of youth stewards and community based workforce to steward nature in resource challenged communities.
The YES program is a cornerstone of the North East Trees Mission. North East Trees believes that the Youth Environmental Stewards of today are the Community Stewards of tomorrow.
Implemented as a two track education and training program, YES targets high school aged at-risk-youth (ARY) as well as post high school at-risk young adults in communities in Northeast Los Angeles. This program
The YES Program is a full time program – the students are expected to put in an eight (8) hour day, five (5) days per week over an 8 to 10 week period. The number of recruits per module varies and depends on the number of landscape construction and maintenance projects underway at the time.
The youth stewards who matriculate through the demanding program are awarded a Certificate of Completion. Recent graduates have signed up for employment with several local, state and federal agencies.