What is the Network?
The Western Landcare Youth Network is an annual program aimed at providing young people with a platform to explore a future in agriculture and the environment with access to skills training in these fields. The Network allows Far West youth to connect with each other and make a difference to their communities under the guidance and assistance of mentors. Students also make a difference to their communities by developing local environmental projects that they carry out. These three areas of activity form the core of the network; learn, develop, contribute.
Why was it created?
The formation of this Network is a response to a need identified by Western Landcare NSW and local land managers in the region for younger people to gain an interest in land management and natural resource management and to have access to real opportunities in those fields as well as to support youth in this region to have gain skills training that is otherwise unavailable in the area.
Who can be involved?
Anyone between the ages of 14 – 20 is welcome to register in the program. If you are currently at school your participation will be counted as part of your schooling.
What’s the program?
The Youth Network runs from February – November each year with a monthly workshop for the participants. These workshops will be run by the program’s mentors and will cover communication and brain training, native plant identification and propagation, drones, pest animal and weed management and climate change and grazing management among others.
The monthly workshops will also provide a space for the participants to build friendships, network with industry professional and receive guidance and support for their environmental projects.
In addition to the workshops the Western Landcare Youth Network will host two intensive training blocks, one in each half of the year. Participation in these training blocks will be limited to 12 participants ages 16 and over. Participants for the training blocks will be selected from within the Youth Network participants and will have demonstrated a genuine interest for work on the land and a commitment to the program through attendance at all workshops.
See the Program page for this year’s timetable.