Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

YEP is a program for 9th – 12th grade youth who want to grow as leaders within their communities. This is an opportunity to work with a diverse group of teens from across the state of Minnesota in a unique setting.


Through the Youth Engagement Program, you will develop the skills needed to succeed in bringing effective change to your community. Como offers a unique environment to foster leadership skills, have fun and inspire change. The program will kick off in August 2016, as selected YEP teams come together for a multi-day youth development workshop.

Highlights of the program include:

• A four-day summer leadership workshop including field trips to fun destinations that support conservation and sustainable practices
• Monthly meet-ups at Como with sneak peaks and program perks that only Como can offer
• The opportunity to meet with staff to learn about conservation programs that are important to Como
• Project support throughout the school year – including phone and email check-ins and site visits from Como staff
• Grant writing and seed funding opportunities to support your community project
• Volunteer hours and service learning hours
• Connections with fellow youth who share your passion to create change