On Jan. 25 the Youth Energy Summit Program announced the 2017-18 winners of the McKnight Foundation project funding. The Forest Lake team, coached by Devon Vojtech, was awarded funds for its “Reducing Energy and Habitat for Bees” project. The team will be expanding its pollinator garden by adding an additional 64 plants in an effort to educate students and community members about the importance of increasing habitat for pollinators.
Funding was awarded to teams whose projects engage and empower youth to make an impact in their school and community on climate change through hands-on projects. Through a competitive process, 11 total teams received awards of up to $1,000.
The project funding is a result of a larger grant received by the YES! program from The McKnight Foundation in the fall of 2016 to bring climate literacy to YES! students across Minnesota.
“The primary goal of this grant from McKnight’s perspective is to get the newest generation engaged and empowered to do something about climate change in their own communities,” Midwest Climate and Energy program director for The McKnight Foundation Aimee Witteman said in a press release. “All teams that received funding have a clear vision on how their project relates to climate change.”