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Youth Environmental Alliance Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Environment

Mission: The Youth Environmental Alliance mission is to deliver education programs and facilitate participation in environmental activities to diverse persons of all abilities. At Youth Environmental Alliance, we are proud to serve as the center of an organized network of charitable organizations, educational institutions and businesses that share a common underlying philosophy – “For Youth, For the Environment, Forever.” Youth Environmental Alliance programs deliver measurable results that benefit the community and the environment and that deliver measurable results to clients. The YEA staff not only provides expertise in the subject matter and program applications, but our staff walks our talk, implementing the behaviors that we profess in our own lives and restoring our yards to increase wildlife corridors and provide numerous other ecological and environmental benefits. You too can learn what you can do by visiting our "Take Action" page at https://www.yeafrog.org/take-action/

Results: During in-school classes, outreaches and environmental restorations, we have accomplished the following since 2009: -165,000 people taught -204,000 plants planted -3,000 trees planted -over 200 pollinator gardens installed

Target demographics: the environment, educate children and adults and empower people to action

Direct beneficiaries per year: 19,000 child and adult students and volunteers

Geographic areas served: South Florida and Baja and our virtual programs are national.

Programs: Science and environmental education in-person and virtual hands-on programs focusing on subjects such as gardening, pollinator gardening, restoration of native habitats, ocean acidification, hydroponic gardening, fishing and DIY Fishing gear, plastic pollution and solutions, composting with worms, water usage and conservation solutions, phytoremediation

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

YEA has an amazing impact on kids and the community, engaging them in coastal restorations, pollinator gardens, and educational field trips to improve the way we live in harmony with the environment. We have watched kids and community lives transformed by their involvement with YEA.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former school principal, YEA provided, and continues to deliver, outstanding environmental related interactive face-to-face and online classes for our students by knowledgeable and engaging educators! On a personal level, I have had the opportunity to volunteer, along with family members, to help with YEA's Coastal Dune Restorations, Adaptive Sailing Programs, and "Hooked on Fishing not On Drugs Program". Now as a proud board member, I can tell you that YEA is a well-run non-profit which makes a positive impact in many areas. Your financial support or taking the time to volunteer will certainly make a difference!

1 Dan M.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for probably a year caring for the organization’s native plant collection at Tradewinds Park. YEA is teaching kids to understand and respect our planet with innovative educational programming. But they could reach so many more people with more funding.

1 Piper S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Environmental Alliance is the best organization around to get students excited about science and the environment. I’ve joined them for service projects and brought them to my school for in- school field trips. Youth Environmental Alliance programs are always fabulous!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization did a program for us and it was very educational. The students were very engage with their hand on activities and learn a lot. We love the multipart of the program and was a wonderful experience for everyone. Looking forward to doing the program again this year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am in my 70’s and physically can no longer volunteer, but I can be a donor and I believe in the mission of this organization and have seen first hand their success working with youths to instill a love of our earth. They have also participated in many community events to spread the word among all generations.

1 Rose B.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have often partnered with YEA on dune restoration projects with students and NatureScape volunteers. In addition, we offer Habitat Steward training to residents, municipal employees and teachers annually. YEA's knowledgeable presenters on dune restoration and wildlife habitats help us to provide hands on experiences to our trainees. We have always had positive experiences collaborating with them.

Rose Bechard Butman, Broward County Environmental Planning & Growth Management Dept.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2012 Superstorm Sandy washed away the entire beach in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL., where I served as Town Commissioner at the time. The following year the Army Corps of Engineers performed an emergency beach replenishment project to restore sand to the beach. However, there was no vegetation left to hold the sand in place, leaving it vulnerable to further erosion in future storms.

To address this problem the Town entered into an agreement with the Youth Environmental Alliance of Broward County to plant sea oats along the beach. Sea oats help anchor the sand in place, capture the blowing sand and enable the dunes to naturally build up and form a protective barrier. Over the last eight years volunteers from the YEA have planted more than 100,000 sea oats along the beach to help fortify it and rebuild the sand dunes. The Town won the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award from the Florida League of Cities in 2017 in recognition of this effort.

Most of the volunteers organized by the YEA who plant the sea oats are students from elementary through high school. It is a great learning experience for them. They are helping provide food and nesting places for sea turtles and migratory birds. They are protecting property and preserving the scenic beauty of the beach. The students receive community service credits and a great sense of pride for their efforts.

With the looming threat of sea level rise bearing down on us, the YEA is working tirelessly to expand this program to other communities in Florida to help protect their beaches. As a non-profit the YEA depends on grants and contributions to pay for the plants and carry out its programs. Working with the YEA is one of the best investments the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea has ever made.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Youth Environmental Alliance is at the forefront of mitigation and adaptation to climate change here in South Florida, and empowering young people to volunteer and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. They have done dune restoration in 5 cities, run a dune rescue program, conduct workshops and other sessions where students learn about pollinators, invasive plants and animals, marine ecology- flora and fauna, and all of the critically important aspects of climate change, from sea level rise- that leaves three major roads flooded EVERY DAY at high tide, toxic plants MUCH more toxic, more pollen per wind-pollinated flowers, etc. all because of elevated CO2 in the atmosphere, increasingly violent storms, etc.
YEA is the most trusted name in youth environmental education, far above and many times more relevant than Florida 4-H, which has not evolved to have meaningful and relevant progams for urban youth.
YEA also gives students from underserved populations the opportunity to experience nature, science and environment from local to national parks, and to train teachers in how to deliver scientific messages to a largely urbanized population.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are informed, engaging presenters who know how to engage students with complex content. They are always will to work with us in programming and have created several unique opportunities for our students. I strongly encourage educators and parents to check them out!

1 Mallorie H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with YEA and volunteering for them has been a blast. Everyone there makes volunteering fun and worth while. Their message is so strong and I’m glad I get to be apart of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Youth Environmental alliance was a great experience! They were informative about native plants and why dunes are important for our coastal ecosystems. The restoration project was very well organized and I will be volunteering for them again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Youth Environmental Alliance and got interested in Butterflies.
the program gave in- formation and research. The picture shows a Monarch butterfly that my granddaughter wanted to release , the joy of this program is when kids want to help. this is how they learn. Next hobby will be Hydroponics. Nita

Client Served

Rating: 5

YEA programs are amazing. Easy and fun for everyone in the family. Spatastic Science was really fun.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Amazing community. Teaches many families and schools about the importance of the environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered many times over the years with YEA. The events and camps were always fun to run and you can really see that the kids had a great time.

1 CindyYEA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Volunteering and working with YEA has been a passion of mine for many years. I love talking to students and adults about the environment and how they can get involved. I have seen YEA grow over the years from outreach to positive action. I am excited to see where they go next!

1 Alexa Z. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great club for community building and learning about our local wildlife. It was great to be involved in an outdoor project that I could share with my young child, knowing we were caring for the environment. I recommend their events for all young families looking to engage little ones with nature.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always have so much fun helping YEA. They’re projects are unique and different than many other groups, which always makes volunteering with them very exciting. Looking forward to more volunteering with their amazing team!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Youth Environment Alliance (YEA)
is an excellent organization that teaches young people the importance of environmental awareness thru various projects such as dune preservation and instruction. I highly recommend this organization

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YEA does AMAZING work! Not only do they help teach the next generations about environmental issues, they provide hands-on opportunities to be involved in the solutions. They are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about these issues and taking direct community-based action to address them.

1 Kristen H.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working with Youth Environmental Alliance, they are fantastic educators and great at getting people of all ages involved in positive environmental action.

Check them out in the News!

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/south-florida-parenting/fl-fea-yea-classes-20200709-elxu7hztxnbcfo3expiojxvo2u-story.html