YESS: 2023 Program Application

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Youth Engaged in Sustainable Systems (YESS)

2023 Program Application

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This application may be completed by teachers, CTE directors, principals, district administrators, or skills center administrators who want to develop a Youth Engaged in Sustainable Systems (YESS) program.

Direct questions to Heather Spalding, Green Jobs Coordinator, at hspalding@pacificeducationinstitute.org or 360-489-6630. Community and industry partners should contact Heather to discuss possible YESS partnerships.

Program launch timeline:

  • District Interest Sessions (Each session will have the same agenda. Districts only need to attend one date.):
  • Friday, October 14: Program application due date
  • November: PEI contacts applicants and begins supporting program development with accepted programs. PEI will convene planning teams comprised of each program’s school district and community partners to develop planning timeline, roles, and funding plan
  • January-February: Program planning continues with districts and community partners
  • March-June: Confirm final program details and recruit students
  • June-August: Program start and end dates will align with district summer school schedules

Application details: 

  • Review the program YESS Roles and Expectations before starting your application.
  • You may skip any questions that you cannot currently answer. PEI will work with you to finalize program details throughout the 2022-23 school year.

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Organization Details

School/District Information
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Application Details
The YESS Program's demographic focus aligns with Washington State Report Card data.
  • English language learners 
  • Foster care 
  • Homeless 
  • Low-income 
  • Migrant 
  • Military parent 
  • Section 504 
  • Students with disabilities 
  • Ethnicities: 
    • American Indian/Alaska Native 
    • Asian 
    • Black/African American 
    • Hispanic/Latino of any race(s) 
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander 
    • White 
    • Two or more races 
  • Students needing remediation or credit retrieval



Program Details
Below are the YESS Programs we offer. Please review and choose which program you would like to host. (Please note: If you want to host more than one YESS program, you must submit a separate application for each.)
  • Forest Management (FM): A program that applies scientific and forestry principles to the management of Washington forests. Includes instruction in tree and tool identification, timber cruising and valuation, timber stand management and silviculture, diseases, pest and fire ecology, mapping and land measurement, forest practice laws, and career preparation. Students prepare and submit a forest management plan to landowner or community partner.
  • Restoration Ecology (RE): A program that applies scientific and restoration ecology principles to restoring Washington habitats. Includes instruction in safety and personal well-being, land management and mapping, plant identification and ecology, stream and aquatic ecology, and career preparation. Students prepare and submit restoration proposal to community partner or stakeholder.




Program Budget
Has funding already been discussed or secured for this program?

Download the draft budget template and upload (link below) the template with any current or possible funding you have in mind for this program. Enter potential or confirmed funding in columns F- H of the template.

The supply list provides additional details about equipment that may be purchased for this program.  Please note that some programs will not purchase all items depending on their program activities. This list is meant to help programs brainstorm their individual needs.


Community Partnerships
Community partners provide project sites, tools and equipment, staff to lead activities in the field, and career exploration opportunities. Review the roles and expectations above to learn more about community partners’ program contributions. 
Community Partner

Post-Secondary Career Connected Learning (CCL) Partners
CCL partners provide students’ postsecondary credit and additional career and educational pathways. Review the roles and expectations above to learn more about YESS CCL partners’ program contributions.
CCL Partner

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If you hit confirm below and you are not taken to the next page, please scroll to the top of the form to see if there is an error message. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact our Associate Director of Program, Katie Hatam, at khatam@pacificeducationinstitute.org.

For any further questions about the YESS Program, please contact our Green Jobs Coordinator, Heather Spalding, 
at hspalding@PacificEducationInstitute.org.