Young Environmental Leaders come together
The Natural Resources South East NRM Education team recently hosted the Young Environmental Leaders Program (YELP) forum at the Naracoorte Caves National Park.
The forum hosted the Youth Environment Council (YEC) students as part of the regional event. The YEC has been running for 21 years providing young people across SA a voice in key environmental issues, including a greater understanding of sustainability, how it applies to their lives, and the issues that face society.
NRM Education Officer Northern Adelaide,Pia Siska and the three YEC students, Connor Perry from Keith Area School (Mentor), Patrick Langsmith from Glencoe Central Primary School, and Yasmin Elliot from St Martin’s Lutheran College, shared their experiences in their roles as leaders and provided an insight into what it takes to be a YEC member.
The YEC also led an outdoor game to highlight the threat that habitat fragmentation and pest animals pose to local native wildlife.
YEC mentor and former YELP student Connor Perry spoke about his experience as a YELP student and what is involved in being on the Council. “If anyone would like to get more serious about making a change and being part of a council of passionate kids, then I suggest you apply for the YECSA when applications open,” Connor said.
“I’ve made friendships that will last a lifetime on this council and have learned so much that I wouldn't have learnt anywhere else.
“These past three years on the YEC have been some of the best and it wouldn't have been possible without being part of the YELP program.”
The YELP is sponsored by the South East Natural Resources Management Board, and is delivered by Natural Resources South East.
For more information, contact the Natural Resources South East NRM Education team on 8735 1177.