Hey everyone!! i hope you are all ok. if you could just email me a photo of yourself and a small paragraph saying what you name is, how old you are and how you became interested in being a YC then that would be absolutely brilliant!!! at the moment it just looks like Laura and me are the only two youth councilers (see below!)
Leah they look like good discussion points - perhaps we could bring them up in next meeting if there is time - that way we could get other people's opinions and then relate them to what we would like to do in the youth council. It would be great if we could show people that we are taking issues in society and applying them to what we are carrying out or improving.
Anyway Happy Christmas to everyone. hope you get some lovely presents and have a happy new year :D (please don't forget about the pics :D)
Anyways, if anyone's up for a discussion, i think i've finally had some interesting ideas...
1. Discuss the pro's and con's of traditional, specific conservation and preservation.
Is it always a good idea to focus mainly on one or two species that are particularly rare or endangered, if their needs are in conflict with those of more common but still vital species?
Is the protection gained for wildlife from almost totally shutting out the public from a certain 'protected' area enough to balance the loss of public awareness of wildlife this generally causes?
2. If given the choice, would you choose to work out in the field or in an office based capacity?
3. Do you think the courses and lessons at your school or college directed wholly or partly towards raising wildlife awareness and understanding are currently sufficient?
There we go, that's all i've got for the moment... :) If you don't like any of the subjects then no need to bother giving an opinion on them... unless you want to voice a complaint about the way the question is put, or something like that... but any that you do feel are worthwhile topics of discussions, please feel free to fire away!
Does anyone have any ideas for a small project that we could apply for some money for?
vcashpoint - Round Six Open to Applications Grants are awarded to young people in England, aged between 16 and 25, to set up exciting and creative voluntary projects that benefit their communities. The scheme has a total budget of £1 million available for distribution, with individual grants capped at £2,500. Projects that involve young people in their organisation, planning and implementation will be supported. The funding can be used to design and undertake schemes that will benefit the applicant’s community and will have a positive impact in the long-term. The deadline for receipt of applications is 17 August 2009. http://www.vinspired.com/
We are a group of young people aged 10-21 from all over Sussex. We all have an interest in wildlife and meet once a month to discuss issues important to young people and the running of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
WHAT'S YOUR VIEW? Sussex Wildlife Trust Photography Competition
Time to get out your cameras and camera phones out and show us your favourite, inspiring and valued wild places of Sussex. Will it be the rolling downland, dramatic seascapes, hedgehogs in your local park or frogspawn in a school pond?
Hi, my name is Leah Chevrier and i'm 15 years old. For as long as i can remember i've loved walking in the countryside, and over the years my interests in ecology, botany, biology, animal welfare and psychology, and wildlife overall have grown greatly! When i heard about plans to create a Youth Council for the Wildife Trust, I thought it was a great idea, as it would finally give young people the chance to tell the Wildlife Trust what we really care about, in person! Since being accepted as a member, i've had loads of fun with the other Councillors, and i believe we've come up with many great ideas and plans to bring awareness of and interest in wildlife to other young people in Sussex... I also hope and believe we will continue to do this, and i can say with sincerity that being part of this Youth Council is an immensely educating and rewarding experience!
Hi, I'm 17 years old and I'm in full time education at the moment whilst volunteering as a Youth Councillor. I've always been interested in wildlife and all things nature-related! From pond-dipping to group discussions; we cover a lot at each of our monthly meetings and the Youth Council has allowed me to get to know others from all around Sussex with ideas that help to improve the Youth Council and which also contribute to the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Hi I’m Laura! I'm 13 years old. I love playing football and going on walks in the woods. I wanted to be on the Youth Council because I love wildlife and I wanted to be able to encourage others to enjoy it too.