Youth voice and mentoring

Supporting youth voice in your (pre)school

NRM Education can assist staff and students in implementing a youth action approach to Education for Sustainability. This means everyone is actively involved in decision making, planning and taking action within the school and local community; and also ensures the achievement of multiple environmental and educational outcomes linked to the Australian Curriculum.

Why is engaging students in school processes important?

  • Melbourne Declaration- Goal 2 for young Australians: All students become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989: Children are citizens... with the right to be active participants in decisions that affect their lives
  • Key benefits to the young person include a sense of identity and belonging, social inclusion, improved self-esteem and power over their own lives
  • Key benefits to the (pre)school can be new dimensions and valuable perspectives added to site culture, policies and action programs
  • Authentic youth voice links strongly to the TfEL framework, as well as covering off on multiple areas of the Australian Curriculum including General Capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities

How NRM Education can help

NRM Education supports students to become involved in decision making, planning and taking action. These rich learning experiences help students become responsible citizens who are resilient and have the skills to recognise and solve local problems.

Student capacity building programs include:

  • NRM Education officers can assist staff and students to form a youth voice group and develop plans and projects

  • We provide tools (such as our Site Environment Management Plan) to help embed the group’s project into site culture and processes

  • We also offer a range of activities for different age groups to help develop skills in leadership, public speaking and communication skills

  • The SA Youth Environment Council (YEC), open to all students across the state in Yr. 7-10, is coordinated by the NRM Education team. For more information on this program visit the YEC website.

  • We have a range of resources available to support youth voice at your site-a few of these are listed below


NRM Education has developed the following resources to help inform your youth voice program:

We also recommend the following resources from other organisations, which we use regularly in our work and can assist you to use too:

NRM Education Child Safe Guidelines

NRM Education is a Child Safe program. For a copy of our Child Safe Guidelines, contact NRM Education.

Case studies

Be inspired by how other early learning sites and schools are incorporating youth voice.


The Schools and environmental volunteer groups working together pamphlet outlines the benefits and expectations of schools and community groups working together. For more information on volunteering, please visit the Volunteer with us webpage.

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