The “Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders” programme is a five-year programme to involve, inspire, upskill and empower young people aged 11 – 24 to take practical action and campaigning for the environment. This exciting and ambitious project will seek to engage young people in environmental projects and will give them the skills, knowledge and confidence to undertake independent action for the environment (in the form of paid work, volunteering or training) after their placement with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust ends. Each year, 24 young people aged 16-24 will be recruited on year-long placements (four cohorts of six young people across Yorkshire) who will then spend six months developing their skills and knowledge and undertaking training. They will then be supported to spend the second half of their year engaging with other young people (11+) and communities in practical action and campaigning for the environment.
Through training (on the job, in house and externally accredited) personal development planning, mentoring and skills sharing, young adults aged 16-24 will be supported and empowered to become Environmental Youth Leaders. 96 people in total will benefit from year-long placements across four years of delivery.
320 further young people (aged 11-24), will be inspired and supported to take action on projects to improve their local environment
All of these young people (416 in total) will have influenced environmental policy at a local or national level
In addition, 160 members of local communities will be inspired to take action for wildlife on a local site or campaign.
Longer term outcomes include:
Improved life chances and employability of all young people involved.
Participants making more sustainable/green life choices in the future.
Permanent improvements to local green or built environments.
Learning, sharing and partnerships will help inform and develop future youth engagement projects for YWT.
Primary counties working in: All traditional counties of Yorkshire