BC: "It is important for young people to be given opportunities to talk about the issues that concern them and come up with ideas of how to find solutions. - in fact, it is a children's right." (Millennium Kids 2009) | For more information about any of our 2009 programs please email firstname.lastname@example.org
FC: 2009 | ANNUAL REPORT
1: "Encouraging young people to be aware and active in their environment" | Web: www.millenniumkids.com.au E-mail: email@example.com | Published December 2009
2: Premier Richard Court opening the Kids Helping Kids Conference in 1996
3: Millennium Kids; auditing communities, developing projects and reporting to stakeholders since 1996
4: Millennium Kids is a not-for-profit youth organization that has been providing unique and exciting learning opportunities for schools and communities for the past 13 years. Our mission is to have young people be aware and active in their local community around issues of interest and concern to themselves. Millennium Kids Inc. has and continues to be recognized as a leader in the areas of youth engagement, empowerment and practical action by all levels of government, corporates and other NGOs across Australia.
5: The Millennium Kids ethos is centered on the UN Agenda 21: Chapter 25 Children and Youth in Sustainable Development: 25.1. Youth Comprise nearly 30 per cent of the worlds populations. The involvement of today's youth in environment and development decision making and in the implementation of programmes is critical to the long-time success of Agenda 21.
6: Core Objective Number 1: To provide an effective channel for young people to develop skills, express their views and take practical and constructive action on environmental and citizenship issues.
7: Youth-2-Youth Consultation
8: So we asked the children and young people of Western Australia.... | What do you like about you community? What don't you like about your community? What do you want to change?
9: Climate change and our river are our number 1 concerns! | ADVOCACY
10: Millennium Kids Sustainability Pillars | AIR WATER TREES NATIVE ANIMALS WASTE ENERGY PEACE AND LIFESTYLE LEADERSHIP
11: Thousands of children are concerned about climate change, greenhouse gases, global warming and the future! | Caring for Animals at Native ARC
12: Core Objective Number 2: To provide hands on knowledge and practical training on environmental subjects of interest to members and support the establishment of each member’s own environmental or citizenship projects.
13: Snake Handling | Hip-hop and Radio workshop | Exhibition and design
14: Millennium Kids Leadership Camp 2009 Researching the River | REsearch
15: "We undertook a three day leadership program from the Avon River down to the Swan to look at the human impact on the river systems and reported back to council on how this would in turn affect our river."
16: Core Objective Number 3: To provide assistance with the development of environmental education youth programs for members, schools and communities.
17: Millennium Kids Projects | HEALTH IN THE FACEBOOK GENERATION
18: The Big Switch Experiment is a kid-driven initiative that encourages people to take positive action against Climate Change. It was developed in 2008 when Millennium Kids asked hundreds of kids about what they liked and what they did not like about their community. Climate Change was the number one concern, so Millennium Kids has been working with students to develop this program to help kids make positive change. In schools across the Western Suburbs, South Perth and Kalgoorlie students have been creating Climate Change Campaigns to ‘switch’ people’s thinking and get them to make more environmentally sustainable choices.
19: Why do people not care about Climate Change? | If everyone would help, what would climate change look like? | Will the crisis ever come to an end? | Can I have tips on how to change the world? | Can I have more ways to stop climate change? | What is the biggest cause? | How can we help climate change stop? | What is the worst form of greenhouse gas?
20: Kids Creating Concepts | Dr Switch - The Big Switch Experiment Mascot | Kids Creating Concepts
21: Reporting to Mayor of Kalgoorlie-Boulder | Kids designing Big Switch Characters
22: The TravelSmart EatSmart program brings together students in Years 5 -7 to learn about the Environment and Sustainability. The program encourages students to develop a TravelSmart plan that encourage students to walk, ride, car pool or catch public transport to school to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase physical activity and decrease traffic congestion around the school. Students will had an opportunity to develop an EatSmart activity as part of their plan.
23: Kids Creating Concepts | TravelSmart EatSmart Blog
24: Kids Creating Concepts
25: Web 2.0 online Technologies www.millenniumkids.ning.com | The Swan Canning River basin has undergone extensive land use changes in the 20th Century and is facing serve threats from 21st Century urban development, climate change and agricultural land use. The Swan-Canning Online Schools project is a joint initiative of the Centre for Water Research at the University of WA and the Curtin Water Quality Research Centre at Curtin University of Technology. It presents a simple strategy for reversing the current degradation of the Swan-Canning River Basin by setting up modern adaptive management system that will allow the Swan-Canning River Basin and its receiving water to be managed sustainably for the benefit of the Western Australian Community. Millennium Kids is also a partner of this project, capturing the social history of the river through the past and future work of Western Australian school students.
26: Looking at the river - past and present | Showcasing online tools to community members
27: Macrosnapshot - Penrhos College Students with Minister Donna Faragher
28: Planting sedges to reduce storm damage | Mentoring by the MK Alumni
29: Discussing river health with Tunas Hijau in Papua, Indonesia online | Sevenoaks College water quality testing
30: Kids Creating Concepts | The Listen Up! workshop series was a result of Millennium Kids, in partnership with the Public Transport Authority consulting with young people in regards to anti-social behaviour at bus stations, train stations and shopping centres.
31: The Mirrabooka Y2Y Consultation was highly successful with students having the opportunity to work with Graphic Design Professionals to create advertisements that went on trains and buses around Perth. | Commended on project by Public Relations Institute of Australia.
32: Kids Creating Concepts | Gilby the Gilberts Potoroo - xhIBIT alBANY mascot | Millennium Kids worked with the Western Australian Museum and the Commissioner for Children and Young People to offer young people an opportunity to have a say about how the Museum presents it’s exhibitions and collection through an innovative series of workshops and training activities.
33: HEALTH IN THE FACEBOOK GENERATION | Millennium Kids and the Clinical Health Senate worked together to develop a meaningful consultation process for young people to have a say about health issues that affected them and they way the accessed information or would seek relevant services. | Healthy, Waste-free Lunch | Expressing self through song | Wheel-chair basketball
34: Certificate I in Leadership and Sustainability | Morapoi Station, 180km north of Kalgoorlie was the location of the 2009 Certificate I in Leadership and Sustainability. Sponsored by Trish Rechichi and Challenger TAFE young people took part in adventure planning, environmental audits, risk management and assessment, facilitation, public relations, event management and experienced close encounters of the environmental kind. The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council are also participants in this training with the aim to develop skills they require for future employment and leadership roles. The Certificate I aims to encourage participants to push their boundaries and increase their confidence and decision making ability.
36: Core Objective Number 4: To provide networking opportunities that allow members to share their own experiences and knowledge with local, state, federal and international allies and partners.
37: Cross-cultural Awareness- Moorditj Mob | Working with Millennium Kids Global Project: South Africa | PEACE & LIFESTYLE
38: MK Looking for Water | Food with Latitude - MK partnering with Slow Food Perth to put in food gardens
39: Dolls for Africa | Information sharing: MK & MKGP
40: Core Objective Number 5: To enable the gathering of a broad spectrum of opinions from young people to develop common sets of goals.
41: As a part of the Big Switch Experiment Luke McMillan (Como Secondary College), Lewis Whitehurst (Aquinas College), Alexander Craig (Wesley College) and Samantha Fielder (John Paul College Kalgoorlie-Boulder) represented Australia at the Bright Green Youth Conference in Sonderburg, Denmark August 2009. Representing Millennium Kids, the South Perth Youth Network and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council, this was an opportunity for young people to have a say about their concerns about climate change and develop ways to answer these concerns. | brightgreenyouth.org
42: The decisions world leaders will make at the COP15 in Denmark affect our future and the Bright Green Youth Conference gave us an influential voice. We too need to start making change in our own communities - starting now. | We believe that young people need to have a say about their world and we believe that having young people develop projects to answer their concerns is important. | Representing
43: "Millennium Kids and SPYN were the only youth delegates from Australia so we were interviewed and filmed about the climate change issues and problems facing Australia. We talked about water security as a major concern and about melting ice caps and how rising water levels would affect us. We were also concerned about how climate change would affect other countries and different communities in Australia. Our ideas were filmed and these will be presented to the UN Climate Chance Conference in Denmark in December." | MK Bring Green Youth Launch at Como Beach with Mayor of South Perth
44: Core Objective Number 6: Assist in the development of relationships with sponsors to provide members with learning opportunities about the environment and managing their own organisation.
45: Reporting to the Commissioner for Children and young People - Michelle Scott, Human Rights Lawyer Chris Sidoti and Australian of the Year Mick Dodson.
46: BHP Billiton Nickel West
47: Reporting to Stakeholders | Minister for Environment; Youth | Anglo-Gold Ashanti
48: ACTION | Action Based Projects for 2010
49: Students have developed a 'Map of Change' that details their sustainability projects in 2010. The projects have been divided up into three categories; Personal Action: Tasks students can undertake by themselves School Action: Projects schools can undertake without funding support Long Term Projects: The projects the students are aiming to achieve with funding support.
50: WATER | Personal Actions: 1.Shorten shower times – 4 minutes 2.Turn off the taps when brushing your teeth 3.Stick to your allocated watering roster for your garden 4.Wash cars on the grass 5.Plant local species School Actions: 1.Collect rain water 2.Become a Waterwise school 3.Monitor taps and fix any drips 4.Adopt and monitor a local drain, river or wetland 5.Take part in water quality monitoring activities Long Term Projects: 1.Collect and use water run off from the streets 2.Find out how to recycle grey water onto your gardens and ovals 3.Put in water tanks 4.Save water by putting in composting or waterless toilets 5. Join the Swan-Canning Online Schools Project
51: Personal Actions: 1.Don't feed wild animals 2.Find out what your native animal hotline is so you can help injured animals if you find them 3.Plant local species in your garden as homes for native animals 4. Fundraise for Native ARC School Actions: 1.Get information on your local wildlife hotline if you have an injured animal or snake in your garden 2.Learn about native animals and their habitats 3.Have a ranger or wildlife expert visit the school 4.Find out about the native animals and insects your local bushland Long Term Projects: 1.Build native animal shelters 2.Make a hospital for hurt animals 3.Make a habitat in your school gardens for lizard 4.Raise money for a local wildlife organization 5.Monitor birds an reptiles in your school garden | NATIVE ANIMALS
52: Personal Action: 1.Put your rubbish in the bin 2.Recycle and use at home 3.Grow a fruit and vegetable garden 4.Say no to plastic bags 5.Use both sides of the paper School Action: 1.Have a waste free lunch day 2.Hold a poster competition to promote recycling 3.Hold a Waste Wise Day 4.Participate in Clean Up Australia Day 5.Set up recycling at your school Long Term Projects: 1.Put in some recycling bins 2.Set up some worm farms 3.Purchase or build some compost bins 4.Put in a school vegetable garden 5.Develop a school kitchen program | WASTE
53: Personal Action: 1.Plant native trees in your garden 2.Join the activities at your local Landcare group 3.Find out about the local plants in your area School Action: 1.Celebrate Arbor Day 2.Join National Tree Planting Day 3.Adopt a local park or piece of bushland near your school 4.Research the history of how trees have been used in your area 5.Undertake some research on your local bushland Long Term Project 1.Put in some fruit trees 2.Work with local stakeholders to revegetate a local drain, river or wetland | TREES
54: Personal Action: 1.Walk, ride and catch a bus to get to school 2.Develop a car pool to get to school 3.Learn how to use public transport 4.Carpool to your weekend sporting activities 5.Measure how far you live from school and calculate how much greenhouse you create going to school by car. 3km = 1kg greenhouse for the average car School Action: 1. Survey your students to find out how they get to school and calculate how much greenhouse is created by car use 2. Promote TravelSmart to School and other physical activity events Walk to School Day Find 30 minutes a day 5. Run a bike education program Long Term Projects: 1.Get an eco school bus 2.Build bike racks | AIR
55: Personal Action: 1.Turn the fire off in winter – put on a jumper 2.Turn power off at the switch 3.Open windows to let the breeze in instead of using air conditioners and fans sometimes 4.Switch off the lights 5.Help out by putting the washing on the line School Action: 1. Use eco globes 2. Plant trees for shade 3. Set up a monitoring system to make sure lights are not left on at lunchtime and when the classroom is not in use 4. Work out how much power your school uses and set a target to reduce consumption saving money for your school 5. Take part in the Big Switch Experiment Energy Action Week Long Term Project: 1.Put in wind turbines in schools 2.Skylights in classrooms 3.Solar panels on school roofs 4.Get wind turbines 5. Work out how many trees you need to plant to offset your carbon emissions | ENERGY
56: Personal Action: 1.Have fun 2.Keep active 3.Take a healthy home-cooked lunch to school School Action: 1.“Day on the Green” Games Day Fundraiser for Ntshidi School in South Africa 2. Celebrate Harmony Day 3. Include an indigenous acknowledgment to the traditional owners into your school ceremonies 4. Invite indigenous elders and other multi cultural groups to your school to take part in your multi cultural programs Long Term Project: 1.Put in an indigenous food garden at school 2.Get a chill out room or scented garden in your school so students and teachers can sit and relax 3.Have a local chef run a cooking class | PEACE & LIFESTYLE
57: LEADERSHIP | Personal Action: 1.Everyone needs to take a leadership role 2. Get to know your Youth Council and let them know your ideas 3. Write a letter to the paper and let them know what you care about 4. Join a community service program School Action: 1.Set up an MK Sustainability Committee at your school 2.Encourage participation in World Environment Day and other days that educate the public 3.Report your activities to Council 4. Have local leaders come to your school as guest speakers Long Term Project: 1. Set up a Sustainability Committee with representation from each school to develop ideas, report to the school and Council 2.MK Growing Into Leadership Junior Certificate for 15 years and under 3.MK Certificate I Leadership and Sustainability
58: Millennium Kids Advisory Council Public Transport Authority Centre for Water Research UWA City of South Perth Federal Department of Health and Aging Commissioner for Children and Young People Lottery West City of Kalgoorlie- Boulder Trish Rechichi St Hilda's Junior School BHP Billiton Nickel West Conservation Council of WA Native ARC | Sustainable Energy Development Office Kareelya Property Group Challenger TAFE WA Museum City of Kalgoorlie- Boulder Clinical Health Senate Department of Transport Kalgoorlie - Boulder Urban Landcare Group Anglo Gold Ashanti Wilderness Society of WA Office for Youth Scitech Plonk | Thank you Sponsors and In Kind Supporters | Hype 101.7FM
59: Public Transport Authority Sustainable Energy Development Office Centre for Water Research UWA Kareelya Property Group City of South Perth WA Museum Federal Department of Health and Aging Lottery West City of Kalgoorlie- Boulder Clinical Health Senate Trish Rechichi Department of Transport St Hilda's Junior School Kalgoorlie - Boulder Urban Landcare Group Anglo Gold Ashanti BHP Billiton Nickel West | O'Connor Primary School Kambalda West District High School John Paul College Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School Goldfields Baptist College North Kalgoorlie Primary School St Mary's Primary School Boulder Primary School Hannan's Primary School St Joseph's Primary School Australind Primary School Glen Huon Primary School Australind Christian School Grace Christian School Whithers Primary School Bunbury Primary School Vasse Primary School Dunsborough Primary School Calista Primary School Gilmore College St Bridgits College Flinders Park Primary School Kensington Primary School Curtin Primary School Aquinas College Como Secondary College Rossmoyne Primary School | Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council South Perth Youth Network St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls Scotch College Penrhos College Lathlain Primary School Wesley College Belmont City College Albany Senior High School North Albany Senior High School Denmark Senior High School Katanning Senior High School Great Southern Grammar Albany Primary School Woodbury Boston Primary School Mount Many Peaks School Wellstead Primary School Yakamia Primary School Kojonup Senior High School South Perth Primary School Thornlie Senior High School Mirrabooka Senior High School Balga Senior High School Sevenoaks Senior College Willetton Senior College Mandurah Senior College Churchlands Senior High School Lynwood Senior High School | Participating Schools and Community Groups