Youth Empowerment & Sustainability Summit

Date(s) - Thu, Nov 17, 2022 - Sat, Nov 19, 2022
All Day

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Ashokan Center


Teams of 4 students and 1 teacher are invited to participate in this collaborative, and empowering 3-day leadership intensive. Each team will investigate impactful solutions in three key areas:


agriculture, soil, composting


today’s materials & the future of regenerative design


green innovations

& opportunities

The summit begins Thursday morning and concludes Saturday afternoon. Click to view the schedule from the 2020 event.

A truly unique opportunity for young leaders to

  • Experience conversations facilitated by youth & adult experts
  • Become inspired by climate scientists and innovators
  • Practice and build leadership, partnership, and presentation skills
  • Learn self-care, resilience, and perseverance techniques
  • Work through feelings of hopelessness and disconnection
  • Connect and collaborate with like minded peers

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Identify a team of 4 students (grades 7 – 11 in the ‘22 – ‘23 school year) and 1 adult (teacher, administrator or buildings & grounds staff)

WHAT’S THE COST? $2,500 per team. We offer partial scholarships and flexible pricing to schools or students who require financial assistance. Please contact us for more information. Public schools are eligible for State Aid through a BOCES COSER. Other sources of funding include: Education or Science Foundations, PTA/PTO, fund raising.

WHAT’S INCLUDED? All meals, lodging, workshops, materials, activities, and pre and post summit materials.

Each team will leave with a support network & toolkit to help with implementing action plans, moving forward locally, and connecting and interacting globally!

YESS! will be held in the heart of the Hudson Valley at the beautiful and historic Ashokan Center, where environmental education has thrived since 1967. 

We are looking forward to welcoming a socio-economically diverse cohort of schools from up and down the Hudson River Valley and the international community. 

All meals and snacks are included. You may select from omnivore, no red meat, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.

Student Lodging is in shared large bunk rooms designated by age and/or gender with up to 24 students in each room.  Ashokan Center Educator Staff will act as supervisory bunk chaperones at night. Pillows are available, please bring your own pillow case, towel, and sleeping bag or bedding. 

Teacher Lodging is in smaller shared bunk rooms with 2 to 4 teachers in each room. Pillows are available, please bring your own pillow case, towel, and sleeping bag or bedding. There are light quilts in each teacher room.

This year’s summit is presented by:

The Ashokan Center is an outdoor education, conference, and retreat center located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Schools have used Ashokan’s “classroom” of forests, waterfalls, stream-fed ponds, and open meadows for over 40 years.

Center for Sustainability & Climate Education, Dutchess County BOCES a dedicated resource to support sustainability and climate change work throughout our school communities, engaging and empowering all K-12 educators and students to contribute to a socially and ecologically sustainable future.

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center [MHTC] is to enhance teaching as a profession. MHTC fosters student achievement by providing teachers with state of the art strategies and technologies reflecting current societal demands in Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. The teacher center is a place where the educator’s voice is heard and a community of learners is built through the talents of teachers.