YFCS members of the E-Conservation program helped a group of high school students from Alliance for Climate Education gain valuable energy efficiency skills by performing energy retrofit services. Youth shadowed professional Home Energy Raters as they conducted an energy audit on a home in Durham. The contractors took youth through the home – identifying areas concerns related to energy and home safety. Youth watched contractors perform various kinds of inspections and tests, including observing a blower door test that detects air leakage in a home. The soggy and early morning didn’t stop the youth from getting their hands dirty and learning everything from building a leak -sealing attic hatch to power-drilling weather stripping materials into doors. These newly-honed skills will serve the youth well as they go out to influence others to adopt energy-efficient behaviors and promote environmental stewardship.
Sonja Mitchell, class of 2013, earned her Masters of Science in Family Life and Youth Development degree from N.C. State University in December 2013. At her graduation she was awarded the YFCS Outstanding Graduate Student award and the CALS Outstanding Young Alumni Award.