The Tasmanian Youth Climate Leaders Program is back for 2024!
We are currently recruiting for Youth Program Officers. A position description and instructions on how to apply available here.
Expressions of interest for Teachers and Emerging Youth Leaders to register interest in participating in the program opening soon.
Expressions of interest for Mentors to be involved in the program opening soon.
The Tasmanian Youth Climate Leaders Program offers students (aged 10-18 years) the opportunity to understand the ways in which their actions can contribute towards the global effort to address climate change and sustainability. The program provides mentorship to students as they learn about climate change and implement a climate action project in their organisation or local community during the year. The goal of this program is to ignite the passion of youth, and equip them with skills to lead on- ground climate actions into the future.
The twice-yearly conferences have been an annual program since 2017. Each year the program helps build a network of young people in lutruwita / Tasmania who are passionate about a range of areas to help tackle climate change and have implemented successful projects around waste, biodiversity, food security, transport, energy and climate justice.
Each year, more 120 students participate in the program from over 30 different educational organisations (public, private and home-based) throughout lutruwita / Tasmania.
WHERE ARE THE CONFERENCES HELD
The conferences take place in the North, North-West and South of Tasmania.
WHO CAN BE INVOLVED?
Students from any part of lutruwita / Tasmania that are aged 10 to 18 years, from an educational organisations such as public or private schools, and home-school groups, can participate in this program. Students should have an interest in climate and sustainability related issues, have a willingness to learn more and gain the skills to take action in their organisation or communities, and be identified as an emerging or potential youth leader in their organisation.
We encourage small groups (<10 participants) of students from each organisation to attend, with each group accompanied by an adult. These groups of students are encouraged to form a youth leadership group or climate council within their educational organisation, community or region to work together on implementing their projects.
Mentors come from a range of backgrounds including universities, government agencies and not for profits. They have expertise in a range of climate and sustainability areas including social sciences, waste management, biodiversity, food security, transport, energy and climate justice. Mentors will be matched to youth leadership groups, based on area of interest, location and availability.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM
The Tasmanian Youth Climate Leadership Program is a collaboration within the Education for Sustainability Tasmania network by the University of Tasmania and Sustainable Living Tasmania, and is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania.