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Tips & ideas to support young people to create change

Intrepid Landcare has been researching and designing a way forward to local communities to come together to co-design exciting and inclusive environmental projects and programs with young people for young people. A new workbook has been launched.

Where can I get a copy of the workbook?

Right here!

The workbook and workshop package aims to fill one of many gaps when it comes to designing youth engagement opportunities for young people. The objective of our package is to overcome the lack of young people contributing to the design of projects, as most often, youth engagement opportunities are designed without young people contributing to the story.

Backed by the latest research, we have designed this workbook for young people and people who support young people so they can walk through some simple and creative steps which help young people create change. This involves identifying where young people are in the community, busting assumptions we hold about young people, through to the power of storytelling and crafting your why for powerful engagement, and how to string project ideas together that have no boundaries or limits.

The workbook is designed to be walked through via an Intrepid Way workshop, but is also useful as a stand-alone tool to guide you through these processes step by step!

To deliver the package across NSW, co-founders Naomi Edwards and Megan Rowlatt travelled 2113 km to Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Nambucca Heads and Sydney, facilitating four one-day workshops sharing their passion for supporting the next generation to create change.

At each workshop there was a diversity of inspiring attendees who were from local schools, universities, youth centres, Landcare groups and networks, government agencies and the environment industry.  All up, 31 organisations joined us on the journey.

We couldn’t have imagined the utterly inspiring conversations we shared, let alone, the incredibly exciting projects that were co-designed in the workshops! And some of the projects that were dreamed up include:

  • East-west climate corridor to connect habitat across 20 private properties in Tamworth, imagined and led by young people (this one is so awesome!)
  • A Future Pollin8 young leaders program to activate Sydney’s native nurseries as habitat hubs (We can’t wait to see this one launched!!)
  • Re-imagining recycling with Hoop-bins at Wagga Wagga High School (Again leg by young people and supported by community)
  • Cushion conservation concert to connect the Dubbo community (Sounds like an awesome evening out!)
  • Island Vibes: a cultural wild craft lantana slashing event (Yes please. We’d show up to that!)

 

Supported by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

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