Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science (YESS)

photo of the YESS program The YESS program empowers youth to engage directly in climate change solutions. Through an experiential education program that incorporates cutting-edge classroom curricula with hands-on science, high school students explore why sea level rise is happening and how their lives will be impacted. YESS allows those who will be most impacted by climate change – young people – to have a voice on the issue and to spark a broader conversation about risk and resiliency.

The YESS program offers the following opportunities to high schools in San Mateo County:

  • In classroom presentations and activities
  • Field trips
  • Final project support
  • Teacher’s Guide (Correlated with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core)

Youth empowerment to meet the challenges of a changing climate

photo of the YESS program

Our mission:     Educate students about sea level rise, engage young people meaningfully in local science and policy, and empower youth to have a voice in adaptation planning.

Our impact since 2017:

  • 500 individuals have participated in the YESS program
  • 500+ native plants planted during habitat restoration field trips at the East Palo Alto Baylands
  • Student participation in the Living Shoreline Art Project
  • Community partnerships with non-profit including Grassroots Ecology and artist Linda Gass
  • 9 San Mateo County high schools engaged in service-based learning

Join us in connecting young people to science and policy. Here’s how:

Use the YESS curriculum in your classroom:    The curriculum is well-suited to environmental science classes (APES, chemistry, Marine Biology, Earth Sciences) and has been aligned to NGSS and Common core standards. Download the YESS Teacher’s Guide here.

Request a free presentation or field trip:  Fill out this form or contact Jackie Nunez at

Spring 2018 Photo Highlights:

  • South San Francisco High School students participating in habitat restoration at the East Palo Alto Baylands.
  • Woodside High collaborating to develop an adaptation strategy for a hypothetical community in the Game of Floods.