On March 2 and 3, Rich’s hosted the 6th Annual Young Adults Environmental Leadership Program (YAELP) kick-off conference at its corporate headquarters in Buffalo, New York.
The program, which has already educated more than 350 high school students and 35 adult advisors on environmental issues, solutions and more, brings together high school students to empower them with training and support to mobile them as creative change agents.
“I’m always impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity of our local students,” said Deb Gondek, director of Sustainability. “It’s amazing to see the impact that two days of collaboration and leadership training can have on their ability to develop sustainable solutions for challenges they see in their schools and communities.”
During the two-day conference, students teams came together to create plans of action around a chosen environmental issue. Throughout the training, professional facilitators from the International Center for Studies in Creativity provided direct support to the teams by teaching students creative thinking and leadership skills. Students will now spend the next eight weeks working together (with the support of a professional mentor) to implement their plan of action, while supporting other team initiatives and monitoring their success.
To learn more about the YAELP, visit the Sustainable Earth Solutions website.