The YELS Gainesville Summer Service Project

Gainesville Summer Service Project

After five years of successfully preparing students to change the world each summer with the UF Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Sustainability, in 2012 we launched a new pilot program, YELS: Gainesville Summer Service Project. This is an exciting new opportunity for high school students in the Gainesville-area to learn about Innovation & Sustainability while serving as volunteers with local organizations, earning 100 hours of community service. For more information about GSSP 2012, see the UF Spotlight.

In 2013, the YELS: Gainesville Summer Service Project will run for five weeks (June 24 to July 26), from 8:30am–1pm on weekdays only. Students will need to arrive on campus each weekday at 8:30am and will be ready to be picked up at 1pm. Lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided each day. This schedule is perfect for students who have afternoon, evening or weekend obligations including sports practices, part-time jobs, or a date with their summer reading books.

The YELS: Gainesville Summer Service Project gives local high school students the opportunity to get involved in our community as volunteers while learning how to think and act innovatively & sustainably about the social, environmental, and economic issues related to the service they perform. We empower students to become leaders and changemakers.

Participation in the 2013 YELS: Gainesville Summer Service Project costs $1250 which includes supervised participation in 100 hours of community service plus lunch, snacks, and drinks each weekday for five weeks. We hope to have a Scholarship Fund for students who are unable to afford the full program fee, thanks to the generosity of our Scholarship Sponsors.

We are sponsored by the Innovative Sustainability & Social Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida, in partnership with the UF Office of Sustainability & UF Center for Leadership & Service. In Summer 2013 we are excited to partner with Forage Farm at Alachua Conservation Trust’s Prairie Creek Preserve.

Interested high school students living in the Gainesville-area should apply right away by clicking here.

Please also sign up using our interested form here and we'll keep you in the loop.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kristin Joos, Director or Brittney Beck, Program Assistant at or 352.273.0355 (please email for a faster response).