The Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!) program engages youth and adults through an experiential, arts-based process to build soulful, inspired, brave & inclusive learning environments.


Participants gain lifelong skills as they are energized by forming deeper relationships across differences, nurturing their creative expression and cultivating their powerful stewardship qualities on a journey toward community uplift and equity.

key Features: 

* Five days of interactive leadership training

for 60-100 students and 10 - 15 staff

Alignment with  Gary Howard’s Deep Equity process

which includes both the conceptual framework

of the five phases and multi-generational

collaboration with the adult Deep Equity school teams

* Advanced skill building for active stewardship of inclusive school & community climate

* Development of a critical lens for recognizing educational disparities and initiative for taking compassionate, creative and courageous action

Students are active contributors and adults are energetic youth allies for bottom-up

school improvement efforts

Youth participants engage as Youth Equity

Stewardship mentors for younger students





"Sustainability is our number one priority and YES! has provided that for us.

The masterful integrstion of art, music

and the spoken word has empowered

our students and teachers to reach

across differences to create a learning

and living environment where we

strive to embrace differences

and truly honor diversity."

Coordinator of Integration

Elk River Area Schools

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