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North East Youth Climate Summit

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Mon 13 Dec, 2021 | 9:30 am - Wed 15 Dec, 2021 | 3:00 pm

@ Beechworth Memorial Hall

Indigo Shire Youth for Climate Action (ISYCA) is working with OzGREEN and a number of local councils in North East Victoria including the Indigo, Alpine and Wangaratta Councils, as well as the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, to run a North East Youth Climate Summit in December.

– Details –

DATE: Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th December 2021
TIME: 9.30am to 3pm each day
VENUE: Beechworth, specific venue TBD.
TRAVEL: For those based in local centres outside of Beechworth (eg. Mt Beauty, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Rutherglen, Yackandandah), there may be an opportunity to travel to and from the program each day by minibus with your local council youth services team.
FOOD: Morning tea and lunch will be provided each day of the program. On the third day a shared afternoon tea will also be provided as a part of the Community Forum.
PARTICIPANTS: We welcome fully vaccinated participants aged between 12 and 30.

– About the Summit –

The Summit will be an opportunity for young people from across the region to come together to talk about a range of issues and how to address them. The Summit will be based on OzGREEN’s Youth Leading the World model which takes participants through a process of:
*FOCUS: share their concerns and talk about what they see happening in their communities and the world, before voting on their top concerns as a group
*VISION: create a vision for the future by drawing and then writing what they want their homes, schools, work places, communities and the world to look like
*CHANGE: discuss the theory of change and how community change can occur, share stories of young people who have created community change, and brainstorm change ideas to build their vision
*ACTION: think about what they can see themselves doing, divide into groups with an interest in the same change idea, and develop these ideas into action plans to implement in their community.

The Youth Leading the World process includes lots of games, small group discussions/planning, and is directed by the interests and concerns of the young people involved. The Summit will conclude with a Community Forum, where participants will have the opportunity to share their learnings and action plans with community members who may be able to help them implement their plans. These often include local council members and staff, school teachers and principals, local environmental organisations and scientists, local First Nations Elders and groups, local businesses, parents, and anyone else the participants want to invite!

We are also incredibly lucky that the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has provided funding to support participant action plans after the Summit. Action planning groups will be able to receive their own grant funding to implement their action plans, and there is funding to support this implementation.

The event will be free for participants thanks to the generous support of DELWP and a number of local councils.

– Who will be involved –

Participants from 12 to 30 years of age are welcome to register for the program. Upper primary and secondary school aged students, as well as school leavers and young people in their early/mid 20s are particularly encouraged to participate.

All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID due to government restrictions and to keep our participants safe.

Participants from around NE Victoria, including the Albury-Wodonga area, Indigo, Alpine, Wangaratta and Towong Shires, will be able to participate in the event. Participants may still live in the area, or may have moved away for studies but still feel a strong connection to the North East.

Your Facilitators will be mostly people from North East Victoria. Our Indigo Shire Youth for Climate Action team is trained to facilitate the program, including one member who has been facilitating the Youth Leading the World program for around 10 years since she first participated when she was in high school. Others from around Indigo Shire and Wodonga have also trained to facilitate the program. Local council staff members, and staff from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will also attend to support the running of the program.

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