The Powerful Youth Projects program, funded by Momentum Energy in partnership with Junior Landcare, offers 200 grants for a variety of projects, such as veggie gardens, composting or recycling projects, frog ponds, sensory gardens, or other sustainable or environmental ideas.
The program ran for the first time last year, and was very successful. More than 24,000 students engaged in 245 projects, including:
Newlands Primary School, near Merri and Edgars Creeks, prepared a site in the school grounds for a native garden, planted with more than 300 indigenous plants
St Michael’s Parish Primary at Ashburton transformed a dustbowl into a dry creek bed where plants now grow, insects and other creatures can thrive, and dust run off no longer pollutes the area
A North Melbourne school on the edge of Melbourne’s CBD planted a native garden and installed bird baths to to create a sanctuary for small native birds
Paul Geason, Managing Director of Momentum Energy, encourages Victorian students to get involved, saying no idea is too simple.
“We’re passionate about engaging the next generation in hands-on learning about sustainability,” Mr Geason says.
Tessa Matykiewicz, Landcare Australia CEO, is equally enthusiastic about the partnership with Momentum Energy and the goals of the project.
“These projects provide schools with an opportunity to link outdoor learning to curriculum subjects, as well as achieving environmental and social outcomes,” she says.
All schools, childcare centres and youth groups in Victoria are eligible to apply for a Powerful Youth Project grant.
Applications are open until 22 March. Visit landcareaustralia.org.au/powerful-youth-projects for more information.