In 2018, EASL is piloting a student focused program which will strengthen students’ leadership and project management skills, providing them with the skills and knowledge to apply sustainability in their own lives and broader communities.
The program involves a one day conference style event and online workshop sessions held before and after the conference. The conference day, to be held in early Term 2, will have student’s complete workshop sessions which will help to further develop their project management skills and increase their knowledge of sustainability issues within their region.
After participating it is anticipated that students will feel empowered and will be able to clearly communicate the changes they want to see in the world and throughout their community.
The pilot program will be limited to three schools per EASL council, with a maximum of five students attending the conference day from each school. The program is targeting students in grade 5 to year 9.
The LSF Student Leadership Conference is a key component of the Learning for a Sustainable Future program. Schools participating in the LSF program are invited to send up to five students and one teacher to the conference day.
The conference will be held on Tuesday 1st May at the Sage Hotel Conference Room and in the Realm Centre meeting rooms.
The day will start with the morning keynote, presented by Angela Rutter. This session will introduce students to values-based approaches for leadership and communication skills for social change and environmental sustainability. Drawing on a growing body of research in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, linguistics and behavioural economics, this will be a thought provoking and interactive session for students to creatively explore the change they want to be and see in the world.
I grew up in suburban Melbourne in a home which backed onto an oval, which backed onto a creek. Many hours were spent with the neighbourhood kids and their dogs wandering the creek, playing games and creating stories. This was one experience which inspired a love of nature, fresh air and big old trees.
My curiosity in why people do what they do has shaped my working life, initially in advertising and more recently in civic leadership and engagement for a more beautiful world.
I’m Co-Founder and Director of Common Cause Australia, an organisation dedicated to engaging cultural values for a compassionate society with community, nature and equality at its heart. We work with non-profit organisations, social enterprises, councils, government departments and political parties across Australia and New Zealand to create communications, engagement, build capacity and think about ways of doing things which does right by people and nature.
After a short break, students will rotate through workshop sessions with the following speakers and topics.
- Superspeak will hold sessions on public speaking to increase students' confidence and ability to speak to an audiance. Superspeak are Melbourne's leading public speaking and drama program for kids.
- Mary Catus-Wood from Melbourne Water will be presenting workshop sessions looking at what to include in a Communication and Marketing plan, for your project.
- Miranda Wills from Healesville Sanctuary will present sessions on project management, running through case studies from the campaigns run by Zoos Vic.
Attendees are required to provide their own transport to and from the event and the venue is easily accessible by public transport and private vehicle. Further details of conference attendance will be provided to attendees closer to the date.