The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

George Mason University along with distinguished partners the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo is proud to host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE). This summer the WYSE welcomes 250 High School National Youth Delegates from all over the country. National Youth Delegates join the Mason community, which includes students and faculty from all over the world. Mason is both the largest public university in Virginia and one of the most culturally diverse universities in the nation.

WYSE Partners

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George Mason University is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason’s hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is literally changing the world. Mason is affordable, yet offers high value. Ideally located in the National Capital region, students enjoy terrific cultural experiences and access to the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.

Mason attracts proven and innovative leaders in conservation, climate change, and the environment. Faculty members have developed the WYSE curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. Curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders, not only from Mason, but from international conservation experts and Washington insiders. High School National Youth Delegates will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to the environment, while acquiring valuable "in-the-trenches" knowledge.

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Student Quotes

"The best part of my day was speaking with a staff member that works with one of the Senators from Maine. It was a very good experience to reach out beyond my comfort zone and take the initiative to talk with the member about important environmental issues and concerns involved in the state of Maine. I was also able to talk with her about some of the careers I would like to take part on when I finish my secondary education."

"The best part of the day was the concurrent session...our speaker was amazing. The classroom atmosphere was a really nice change from all the speeches and we should have more. Mr. Wingfield was absolutely the best speaker and person I have met... The way he brought emotions and passion into our work and his work was a nice change of pace and gave us some time to think and just relax."