Youth - Environment - Seniors
c/o Valley Middle School
71 Oak Street
Oakland, New Jersey 07436
YES (Youth-Environment-Seniors) is an intergenerational club formed
at Valley Middle School in the fall of 1989. The group is unique
because it is not limited to students in the middle school. It
continually seeks older adults for cooperative learning experiences,
project involvement, and environmental expertise. The club's goals
include intergenerational cooperation, hands-on environmental
projects, community awareness, and a yearly project.
The club has been recognized by Bergen County and the NJDEP for its
cleanup efforts, and was featured in Time for Kids as
"Heroes of the Planet."
are held once a month at the school or
environmental sites. Additional meetings are scheduled for the
completion of a yearly project and/or grant work.
Field trips and
guest speakers supplement the club's activities. Past trips include
the New Jersey Aquarium, Baltimore Inner Harbor, the United Nations,
Sandy Hook and Plymouth, MA (whale watching) and a sail on the
The club's cleanups have been funded by state and county sources and
have included grants from Orange Rockland Utilities and PSE&G/BISEC,
Fleet Bank, and donations from local businesses and fund raising
activities (t-shirt and bake sales).
to Oakland NJ Organizations