YMCA Earth Service Corps is a national service-learning program for teens ready to make a difference in their communities. Grounded on the building blocks of leadership development, environmental education, action, and cross-cultural awareness, this proven program works in diverse communities and allows teens to use their talents, develop new skills and learn more about themselves and their surroundings. Most importantly, young people in Earth Service Corps are recognized as valuable resources who work hand-in-hand with others to solve important issues.
Who We Are
Founded in 1989, the YMCA Earth Service Corps (YESC) is an innovative youth-led program that¬†empowers students to take a hands-on role in creating a healthier environment in their schools, communities and region while nurturing a respect for diversity within the natural world.
Young people in Earth Service Corps are recognized as valuable resources who collaborate with peers, teachers and community members to solve pressing environmental issues in their communities.
YMCA Earth Service Corps empowers young people to be effective, responsible, global citizens by providing opportunities for environmental education and action, leadership development and cross-cultural awareness.
YMCA Earth Service Corps works with students and teacher advisors to provide a unique opportunity for students to identify local environmental issues while working collaboratively to engage participants in community action.
Joining YESC exposes students to the world of science, social justice and environmental studies through opportunities for education and action, leadership development, and cross-cultural awareness. YESC members initiate and implement projects that develop leaders, inspire individuals, and highlight the importance of sustaining our planet.
Join us and enhance your leadership skills, develop compassion for others, foster a respect for the environment, and TAKE ACTION within your community to create a healthy planet!
The Upper Main Line YMCA is proud to offer young people the YESC Expeditions to locations throughout the country. These adventure travel programs provide students the opportunity to explore diverse and unique ecosystems in a small group setting, while promoting leadership, teamwork, and discovery.
Our life-altering experiences in some of the country's most magnificent outdoor settings, are crafted for both beginner and experienced young adults. Each Expedition is not simply a single trip, it's a life experience that provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of the natural world and how each of us is connected to it. If you are looking for fun and adventure in a non-competitive, supportive small group setting, look no further.
Our YESC Leaders are staff from the Upper Main Line YMCA's (UMLY) Environmental Education Center. UMLY is one of only a few YMCAs in the country to have a year-round environmental education center, serving all ages. The staff has been selected based on their experience, enthusiasm and passion for working with children. They are comprised of teachers, college students, and year-round YMCA professionals. All staff are screened through reference and background checks. Child abuse and criminal record checks are conducted on all staff.
All YESC meetings and service projects are free*. A $60 program fee is applicable from September 1-May 31 of each school year when registering for a YESC program or field trip.
*Fees may apply for some service projects that require transportation to go offsite.