Youth Voice is a forum for expressing your opinion, having a say on what’s happening in your school and community, being involved in decision-making processes, taking action and making a difference in your school and community. Youth Voice gives you a chance to identify sustainability challenges that are important to you and know that what you have to say and want to do about it is valued and important.
NRM Education programs for young people
NRM Education can mentor and support your student environment group to actively develop plans and projects that contribute to a more sustainable school and community. NRM Education also has a number of resources that can help student groups explore sustainability. Don’t have a student environment group? Don’t worry, see 'How to start a youth voice group' below for resources on how to start .
Youth Environmental Leaders Program
Are you passionate about sustainability and taking action? Are you in year 5-7 and a member of your school environmental or student voice group? Yes? Then sign up for the Youth Environmental Leaders Program for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR). Expressions of interest are sought in February each year.
Take part in hands-on workshops on sustainability action, networking activities with other schools and lots of fun! Lead sustainable change within your school and community. Receive ongoing support from an NRM Education officer to develop your leadership, public speaking and communication skills.
This program supports your student group and wider school community to embed your project into your school culture. This ensures the sustainability of the project in the years that follow as well as strengthening an authentic student voice.
For more information and eligibility criteria, please contact your local NRM Education team.
Youth Environment Council of South Australia
The Youth Environment Council of South Australia (YEC SA) is available for students in years 7 to 10. It is a great opportunity to get together with like-minded students from across the state, share your passion for the environment and take action on sustainability. The Council offers fully-funded camps, workshops and online forums to give you the skills and knowledge to run environmental action projects in your local community.
The YEC's aims are to:
- develop skills such as leadership, team works and public speaking
- raise youth awareness and encourage involvement in our community
- empower youth to take action on sustainability issues and lead sustainable lifestyles
- ensure students see themselves as active citizens today and not just 'leaders of tomorrow'
- develop a network of youth sustainability leaders
- enable students to share sustainability ideas and actions
- provide students with a real voice within the community on sustainability issues, empowering them to share their ideas and opinions with their community, local and state governments.
If you are in year 7 to 10 (inclusive) you are invited to apply for the 2017 council from January 2017.
For further information please visit the YEC SA website.
How to start a youth voice group
- How to start your own student environment group at school: Create a voice: your voice, our voice, youth voice helps you start and maintain a youth environment group and take action in your school. It includes tips, checklists, project planners, templates, activities and case studies.
- If you’re not sure where to start now that you have a student group, you could try imagining a better more sustainable future.Future visioning encourages you to concentrate on what you want a sustainable future to look like and helps you develop long-term goals and action plans.
- Tell your story so people listen – helpful tips and tricks.
- Want to try and influence other students or teachers to be more sustainable? The Have an influence resource will help you plan for encouraging people to change their behaviour(s).
NRM Education Child Safe Guidelines
NRM Education has developed child Safe guidelines and procedures to demonstrate our strong commitment to creating and maintaining child-safe and child-friendly environments. All children and young people engaged with NRM Education have a right to feel and be safe. We are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people accessing our services and the welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where all children are valued and feel safe.
NRM Education has developed a Code of Conduct for working with children, which all employees and volunteers must abide by. As part of this Code of Conduct, we have adopted the guidelines for interacting with children and young people from the Department of Education and Child Development’s Protective Practices for staff interactions with children and young people. The NRM Education Child Safe Guidelines and Procedures are freely available on request to the children and youth who use our services, and their parents. Please contact NRM Education to obtain a copy.
NRM Education also has a Code of Conduct for students, which includes statements about the rights and responsibilities of students who attend NRM Education events and camps. The Code of Conduct outlines the ways in which students are expected to behave in order to treat one another with dignity, respect, sensitivity and fairness. The Code of Conduct for students can be accessed here.
SACE Research Project
The SACE Research Project provides students the opportunity to research an issue of interest in great depth. Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges aims to balance the needs of people with those of nature through managing, protecting and in some cases restoring the region’s natural resources. Our SACE Research flier provides suggestions of research topics for SACE students who are interested in examining a topic relating to natural resources management or sustainability.
Careers in natural resources management
Interested in the environment and natural resources management? Want a career that makes a difference? There are many career options in the field of natural resources management. Read more about educational pathways to careers in natural resources management