There are How-To guides for just about everything, but when it comes to Landcare and youth, we’re often stumped.
To help community groups engage more young people in land care and conservation, Landcare Australia have launched a ‘How-To’ Kit.
Landcare Australia CEO, Tessa Jakszewicz, said the Youth Engagement in Landcare How-To Kit will allow local Landcare groups to look to the future by fostering and encouraging a new generation of Landcarers.
“With over 100,000 volunteers in 6,000 groups across Australia, the Landcare network is very strong. However, it has always been a challenge engaging young adults and encouraging them to become part of the Landcare movement,” Ms Jakszewicz said.
Over the past year, Landcare Australia has been working with a number of National Young Landcare Ambassadors from across Australia to run youth engagement events and awareness raising activities.
Through these sessions it identified that there was a need to create resources to help existing Landcare groups engage with young people.
Regional Landcare Facilitator for the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) Stanley Yokwe said the new resource would be a valuable tool for many community groups.
“This is a fantastic resource for local landcare groups to use as a guide for engaging more youth in the Northern Agricultural Region,” he said.
“By engaging young people now, we are teaching them to look after the environment in the future, and ensuring this knowledge is passed on to future generations.
“The ideas contained in the kit range from working with universities to engaging with young farmers to even hosting a Landcare for singles event!”
This kit is jointly funded through Landcare Australia and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
You can download the Youth Engagement in Landcare How-To Kit via the Landcare Australia website.
Or to speak to the Regional Landcare Facilitator call Stanley on 9938 0105 or email Stanley.Yokwe@nacc.com.au.