Youth voice and mentoring

Youth action approach

The youth action approach to environmental sustainability enables students to lead change in their school and community. Students are supported to become actively involved in decision making, planning and taking action within the school and local community, whilst achieving environmental and educational outcomes linked to the Australian Curriculum.

Youth action process

There are nine steps in the youth action approach. We have provided information and resources for each step, details of how we can help you and inspiration from what other schools have done.

1. Form a youth action group

2. Document current environmental activities, programs and projects

3. Choose an environmental theme to learn about and work on

4. Learn about the theme

5. Develop a school environment management plan for the theme

6. Develop and document actions

7. Take action to improve environmental sustainability

8. Evaluate and document outcomes and plan for next steps

9. Celebrate success

How we can help

NRM Education supports youth action groups in schools and runs several programs to build the capacity of students as change agents within their schools.

  • Mentoring student environment/youth action groups where NRM Education assists student environment groups or youth action groups to develop plans and projects within their schools. NRM Education also has a number of resources that can assist student groups to explore sustainability.
  • Youth Environmental Leaders program involves student environment and youth voice groups in hands-on sustainability workshops, networking activities with other schools and lots of fun. NRM Education provides ongoing school support to embed the group’s project into the school culture and processes, and develop student leadership, public speaking and communication skills.
  • Youth Environment Council of SA represents youth across the state and collects their environmental concerns, recommendations and actions plans to take to the government.

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