The Keystone Center was founded in Keystone, Colorado, in 1975 to bring public, private, and civic stakeholders together to try to find consensus about resolving contemporary issues, particularly involving the environment, energy, and public health.
In following years, the organization decided that education was critical to the next generation so it could resolve issues better, and the center established a science school for experiential education.
In 2004, the center formed a Youth Policy Summit™ (YPS) to bring together education and policy.
YPS brings together students, mentors, and experts to examine current policies. Students are given a role and do research prior to the summit. At the summit, they write papers, examine science issues, and practice public speaking. “We’re giving kids skills that they wouldn’t get in high school otherwise. And that will really position them well in the work force to succeed,” commented Jeremy Kranowitz, director of Keystone’s Center for Education.
Eight YPS workshops are scheduled for this year. For example, the East Coast YPS, which takes place June 24-30, 2011, will focus on water resources in the Northeast. Approximately 40 high school students will be attending this YPS at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.
The East Coast YPS workshop is made possible through the funding provided by Subaru of America Foundation. The funding allows students to attend for a minimal charge. “With a contribution from Subaru, we’re really helping these students that will be tomorrow’s leaders,” explained Kranowitz.
For more information about The Keystone Center, go to www.keystone.org.
Online Exclusives In the Community: Subaru-funded projects for The Freshwater Trust in Portland, Oregon.
Subaru of America, Inc. believes in supporting the communities in which its employees live and work. To that end, Subaru builds community partnerships with organizations that share its drive and passion. These organizations are primarily ones that enhance the academic learning experience for young people.