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Thuy Pitches Idea to Kids – There is No Planet B!

June 30th, 2017
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Thuy pitches to the kids.


Hi everyone! My name is Thuy and I am so excited to be working with Millennium Kids!

I’m a Youth Work student and I am very passionate about helping young people to fulfil their potential. I am a mother of three young girls, have been happily married since I was 20 years old, and I love to read, sing, watch movies and play badminton.

I have always been a very positive person, but until recently, didn’t realise that one person alone could make a difference in the environment. I didn’t yet understand how significant little changes can be.

After I came to my first MK Lab, my thinking and attitude towards plastic, waste, sustainability completely changed. I realised that everyone has the potential to make changes in their own lives.

On that beautiful morning in March, I went on my first bushwalk in a long time, admired the Cockburn wetlands, put on my critical thinking cap, and went home feeling very inspired. I was surrounded by a group of passionate young people who were determined to make changes and to make others see that they could make them too!

Those young people are the Millennium Kids. They are the impassioned voice for young people. They are disheartened by environmental policies and feeling all kinds of emotions including not being taken seriously. Yet, somehow, they are still filled with so much hope.

I went home that first day and asked myself, “What can I do for Millennium Kids? What project can I start that will help the environment and raise awareness about sustainability?”

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Kids give Thuy the thumbs.

I thought about what I could do for MK, then the idea came to me.

I absolutely love writing and have been working as a freelance writer for several years now, so I thought – why not develop a newspaper focused on environmental issues alone?

So, despite my nerves, I stood up in front of the kids and pitched the idea to them!

And they loved it! They loved the objective of the newspaper, the intention to print with environmentally friendly paper and ink, the fact that I was getting out there and pitching just like them… and they especially loved the fact that this project will be all THEIRS.

So, let’s CREATE that platform for young people. Let the young people design a newspaper, write it, take photos, conduct interviews, decide what is most important to them. Let them be the driving force behind this newspaper.

This newspaper would not only give them the opportunity to speak out, but to also work together with other kids – across the state, across the country, across the world!

Kids ideas for the paper!

Kids ideas for the paper!

Interest is already building for our newspaper project and we want YOU to get involved!

If you know a young person (aged 10-25 years) who…
* Is passionate about the environment and sustainability, or
* Loves to write, take photos, draw and/or design, or
* Has an idea for an environmental sustainability project…

Then please get in touch with me, Thuy Yau, at newspaper@millenniumkids.com.au

We would love to work with schools, youth and community groups, as well as individuals.

As part of this exciting project, I will be running workshops at the monthly MK meetings and providing mentoring, encouragement and guidance.

Let’s stay true to the 17th UN Sustainable Development goal and work TOGETHER to make the world a better place for ALL those living in it!

MK Joins National Tree Planting Day 2017

June 29th, 2017
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Team MK rock the trash collection on tree planting day.

They say a picture says a thousand words. This photo is about the restoration of one area MK are working on – we planted  more than 2000 native plants on Sunday.

On Sunday, 25 June, 2017, a group of kids and adults worked together to brighten up the area at Cygnia Cove, Manning.

Geared up with our comfortable shoes and clothing, we popped on our gloves and grabbed a trowel. After an important induction by the lovely Yulia, we split up into a kids team and adults team – and were ready to add more life to the area.
The next two hours passed by quickly. The kids got to work, moving from one area to the next. As they planted the assortment of native plants, laughter was heard and stories were told. They worked well at communicating which plants still needed to be watered, if more water was required from the little creek at the site, if assistance was needed any other way.

The kids were exhausted by the end of the planting, but that didn’t get in the way of their excitement of what they’d achieved.
The pots that the plants arrived in had now become a creatively placed bridge above the heads of the kids – a symbol of all their hard work!

Amazing how many pots you can collect when you plant 2000 trees.

Amazing how many pots you can collect when you plant 2000 trees.

Chatter was heard as the kids and adults mingled and bonded over woodfire cooked pizza from a trailer. So amazing! Thanks to the chocolate pizza man! Who knew marshmallow could be a topping?!

One of the Millennium Kids, Kate, was quick to rave about her positive experiences that day. She loved being able to “work with people of all ages”. Her enthusiasm was shared by Riley who said, “you can get social with everyone while you plant”.

Another young person was even able to work towards her goals at school. “It is good to be out helping. I normally go horse riding but today helped out and added it to my community service for school,” Charlotte said.

The adults worked just as hard in the second location and shared the same sense of satisfaction that the kids felt!
The fantastic aspect about all the tree planting was how it brought together people from all walks of life and gave them the opportunity to give back to the community.
Young people, adults, families, Millennium Kids, volunteers, workers within the City of South Perth environmental team came together on Sunday to improve the community – and in the process, reminded all of us that with team work, comes absolutely remarkable results.

The City of South Perth was so grateful for our efforts and would be more than happy to see us all return again – especially to see the fruits of our labour grow!

On behalf of the Millennium Kids team, thank you to all the volunteers that set aside their Sunday to beautify the area at Cygnia Cove!!! Well done!

Top MK Leaders Recognised

June 27th, 2017

 

Celebrating recognition for great work. Yay MK!

Celebrating recognition for great work. Yay MK!

Two Millennium Kids members were up for WA Young Achiever Awards 2017 last month. Thea was nominated in the Leadership Category for her work at K through The Willy Wagtail Project, for her work as co founder of TEDXUWA and her volunteer work to raise literacy standards in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Bella was nominated in the Sustainability Category for her work with MK, writing a book on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and fund raising for lockers for homeless people in her home town.

It was wonderful to see these young women nominated for their efforts to make the world a better place.

 

For more information about who to get involved email info@millenniumkids.com.au

Be A Councillor for A Day

June 22nd, 2017
Students have a say!

Students have a say!

Students in the City of Stirling got to have a say about the future this week. One hundred young people from local schools came together for a one day consultation process as part of the City’s Urban Forest Strategy. Teams of students worked together to look at the issues facing the City of Stirling  as  the City is experiencing a rapid loss of tree canopy. With a range of scenarios to consider the students created incentives, education ideas, rules and support processes the community could tap into to reach a goal of 18% canopy by 2030.The student ideas will considered as part of the Urban Forest Strategy and a member of the youth consultation team will sit on the community committee overseeing the process.

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Youth Empowerment Project

June 22nd, 2017
The team hear from Noongar Educator Marissa Verma.

The team hear from Noongar Educator Marissa Verma.

Young Africans in Western Australia want to make change now. They came together last fortnight to have a say and pitch project ideas. They met at Herdsman Lake Wetland Education Centre, checked out the birds, met Marissa Verma and discussed indigenous history and culture. After a bushtucker lunch they pitched their project ideas.

  • Visit Aged Care Centres – Old people should be cared for – we could learn valuable lessons. Spending an afternoon at an aged care centre is a great idea.
  • Help Homeless people – workshop to serve them breakfast.
  • Start a Yes Foundation – inspired by my journey through education system. I was smart but not good. Don’t know how to go about stuff. Confused after school – helping kids understand the system. Mentor the kids.
  • Mentoring – volunteering to take initiative to share our knowledge. Self discovery.
  • Good News Stories – use social media to promote good news
  • Poetry evening, every two weeks.
  • Chess Program – requires interaction, calmness, thinking out of the box. Games – out of the box!
  • Fair – have a children’s Fair to raise money to help others outside Australia.

Thanks to a  Department of Communities grant the team will undertake a 5 day leadership program visiting recycle centres, wildlife rehabilitation centres and learn about local culture and biodiversity.

Bella’s Challenge Goes to Finland

June 22nd, 2017

IMG_1713In 2016, MK Youth board Member, Bella wrote a book at the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She wanted kids in her community to know about the goals and to do something about them. Bella’s Challenge is written by a child, giving insight into the small actions we can all take to make a better world.

In June this year MK Chairperson, Dr Anita Sykes Kelleher, took the book to a Future’s Conference in Finland and a whole lot of people got excited about the future. If kids can grasp the concepts of caring for people and the planet we are in good hands.

For more information about the book email info@millenniumkids.com.au

 

Update by CEO Cat

 

 

 

Kids on Country – From the CEO’s Desk

April 3rd, 2017
Sharing the Kids on Country book with parents.

Sharing the Kids on Country book with parents.

 

What happens when you bring together indigenous elders, kids and scientists on country in a citizen science program?

Since 2008 Millennium Kids has been working with young people in the Great Western Woodland. Using the Millennium Kids inquiry methodology young people have been visiting the woodland alongside scientists and elders showcasing cultural knowledge through citizen science applications.

In the program kids are allowed to explore the woodland and discover areas of interest. These areas of interest form the basis of program planning and development with Millennium Kids creating a youth led process. Through the program kids learn life skills that can be used in the school setting and in the workplace.

In 2014, Millennium Kids secured funding for a group of young people from Coolgardie , based on their desire to learn more about the woodland, with a particular emphasis on traditional culture and protection of a threatened bird, the malleefowl. With support from local mining companies and a Wyemando Bequest Millennium Kids worked with young people and elders to develop Kids on Country, with 30 young people in the Coolgardie area. Over a series of weekend programs young people explored various sites in the woodland, learnt how to monitor local malleefowl for Birdlife Australia, produced a book and a film of their activities and hosted an international citizen science field trip, sharing their knowledge with other young people from Indonesia and Malaysia.

In 2017 a Catalyst Grant and a Wyemando Bequest will support getting kids out on country again to learn about plants, bush medicine, bush tucker

Exploring the Great Western Woodland.

Exploring the Great Western Woodland.

and how to revegetate an area changed over time through mining and development. Kids will work with indigenous and non indigenous artists to tell their story through painting and an art exhibition.

 

Millennium Kids Inc

Catrina-Luz Aniere

CEO

 

 

MK African Adventure & Beyond!

September 14th, 2016
Ntshidi Middle School, where we donated sports equipment and funds for a food farm.

Ntshidi Middle School, where we donated sports equipment and funds for a food farm.

It’s been six long years since I journeyed with Millennium Kids Inc to South Africa but what I experienced and learnt over that short trip has shaped myself and my thinking forever. At the time I was a naïve private school educated boy who’s closest experience to anything I was about to encounter would have been briskly passing through the streets of Jakarta some six years before that. I thought I knew what I was to come upon. I had seen it on television or heard first time encounters from my mother’s experiences, but I guess the sheer shock of witnessing it firsthand made me stand up and realise how much I took for granted, even the simple things we are gifted with here in Australia.

Arriving in Johannesburg Airport, which had just been refurbished for the upcoming World Cup, was designed to hide the flocks of tourists that were soon to arrive in the country from 95% of its surrounding areas. After barely a 10 minute drive we started to see the real South Africa, incredibly rich areas with 10 metre walls and electric fences, juxtaposed against shantytowns that housed the majority of the population. We continued our drive for another eight hours to arrive in the town of Mafikeng where we would stay for the majority of our trip. Mafikeng was situated on the Molopo River and its beautiful surrounds, however many of its inhabitants were impoverished- families of 4, 5, 6 all squashed in a one room mudflat house. It was mind-blowing to see poverty on this scale and this was just the beginning.

A typical rural house in North West Province

A typical rural house in North West Province

The river was littered and polluted with waste. It was where people would come down to wash clothes and complete day-to-day tasks. The schools generally had one to two rooms where 80-100 students were taught at once. What really shocked me was the positive demeanour that was carried by so many people throughout Mafikeng. I had become accustomed to my creature comforts back home in Western Australia; these people had never known anything else and were generally happier than your average teenager. It felt unjust! Why did I deserve my way of life when the resources I used day to day were capable of assisting 20+ children here? Everywhere we went they sang, danced and just showed sheer enthusiasm with the resources we were giving to their communities. It was a very humbling experienced that made me realise how much we take for granted and how we all should be doingour bit to ensure that everyone possible gets an equal opportunity in this world we live in.

John Taylor (23)

*MK UPDATE*

6 years on I am still involved in Millennium Kids, working in the office helping with the logistics of the upcoming MK20 UNConference to be held in October 2016.

 

 

Solar Energy for a Brighter Future

September 9th, 2016

Pitch for the Planet, a Millennium Kids One Thousand Actions for the Planet project, brought together 100 people to the City of South Perth last week to listen to Kids ideas for the future.  These were no ordinary Kids. All of them wanted to make a positive impact on the planet. With 20 teams of Kids with ideas for change pitching to the community. Kids got feedback on their change making projects from teachers, business people, environmental scientists and engineers.  Kids took on board the stretchy questions to get them thinking about taking their projects from concept to reality.

With ideas flowing 5 Kids pitched for prize money totaling $500.00.

One team was a group of children who attend Belmont City College. Anne, Pauline, Hans, Giacamo and Tristan pitched the idea for their school to become a ‘Low Carbon School’ by installing solar panels and switching off lights in unattended rooms to reduce the amount of  carbon created.

The group based their pitch around the major benefits the solar panels would provide to the school.

“Solar energy is renewable, sustainable and doesn’t run out. The solar require little maintenance and are silent producers of energy” said the group. They understand their idea will not come cheaply and are looking towards the students, teachers and local community to get involved and put some dollars towards getting this project up and running. “As years pass, we can gradually add a few panels on buildings where electricity usage is too high.  Switching to solar panels may be costly, but it still saves more money in the long run. This money can be used to buy more solar panels”.

Students met with local MP Glenys Godfrey to share their ideas for the future. They didn’t win the Pitch night but they are determined to make their project a reality.

Quote Glenys Godfrey.

FACT FILE

  • Belmont City College is part of environmental organisation Millennium Kids Inc working with Simply Carbon on the Low Carbon Schools Program to reduce carbon in local schools. .
  • To find out more about more about how Millennium Kids Inc. empowers young people to protect the environment visit millenniumkids.com.au

Kids On Country

August 26th, 2016
The kids learnt who to record Malleefowl sightings for Birdlife Australia.

The kids learnt who to record Malleefowl sightings for Birdlife Australia.

Thanks to a Wyemando Bequest Coolgardie kids have been able to get out of town and explore the Great Western Woodland alongside elders and scientists over a 12 month period. The team of young people have had a series of training days in the local park learning about fire management, planning a bush trip and how to monitor local wildlife. Several excursions took the kids and adults to  explore Rowles Lagoon, Burra Rock and several lesser known sites around town, to find about about local biodiversity, explore their cultural heritage and learn some science skills.

Betty Logan and MK Trainee check out an active Malleefowl nest.

Betty Logan and MK Trainee check out an active Malleefowl nest.

Using binoculars, GPS and iPads the kids, alongside scientists Wayne and Simon,  recorded local biodiversity in the area. They heard stories of the Malleefowl from Aunty Alison and found out about the impact of cats and foxes on the native animal populations. The kids  learnt how to GPS significant sites and record the information for Birdlife Australia. More importantly they reconnected with the Ngadju language and helped write a book about their adventures.

Kid painted the sites they visited and recorded the stories of the area.

Kid painted the sites they visited and recorded the stories of the area.

 

Local Youth Coordinator, Nathan Dimer, said ” It is important for these kids to reconnect with their country. They need to develop a sense of who they are and how they can keep their culture alive.”

The kids plan to lead a tour series for the public with their newfound knowledge. The book will be available for sale on line and funds raised will be used to help cover costs for further adventures.