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Youth engagement

Find inspiring projects, campaigns and examples of youth social action below

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    Youth work, nature and the John Muir Award

    Taking youth work outdoors can make a big difference for young people, helping access the benefits of nature connection. Explore a variety of examples

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    Keeping it Wild in London

    The Trust has joined the London Wildlife Trust, Headliners and London Youth to get young Londoners involved with nature conservation. Find out more

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    The #iwill campaign aims to make social action part of life for 10-20 year-olds and recognises the role young people can play in addressing key environment challenges. Find examples of how the John Muir Trust promotes youth social action through the John Muir Award here:

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    Scotland’s Young People’s Forest

    A group of young people with a vision to create the first forest in Scotland that is co-designed, led and governed by young people. A range of organisations from across forestry and environmental sectors, including the John Muir Trust, support their vision through an expert advisory panel.

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    ReRoute – Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel

    ReRoute are dedicated to involving more young people in nature. Visit their website for blogs, videos and ideas to encourage young people to get the most out of outdoor experiences - from taking climate action to enjoying urban nature, including a short video from John Muir Award participants on Shetland. The panel’s Recommendations Report offers a valuable tool for organisations to audit how their engagement tallies with expectations of young people – see the John Muir Trust interpretation.

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    Youth for Nature

    A UK youth movement calling for governments to act on the nature crisis. Find the latest campaigns and how to get involved via their website.

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    A Focus on Nature

    The UK's youth nature network, aiming to connect, support and inspire young people with an interest in nature and conservation. Read the ‘Vision for Nature’ report, setting out how young people would like the natural world to look by 2050 and how they think we should get there; or get involved via their website.

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    #GirlsGetOot - inspire young women to get outside

    Teenage girls in Scotland have helped design a social media campaign aimed at breaking down the barriers to getting outdoors, collaborating with Young Scot and NatureScot. The series of short animations highlight how simple outdoor activities are free, fun and can help relieve the stress experienced by many young women.

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    Ministry of Young People in Nature

    Bella Lack and Georgia Locock (school pupil and student) formed a response to help inform Chris Packham’s A People's Manifesto for Wildlife. Read their response (p47) 

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    Our climate emergency - youth work’s role for people and planet

    YouthLink Scotland’s autumn 2021 Link Magazine explores the youth work sector’s role in helping tackle the climate emergency, including contributions from the John Muir Trust and John Muir Award Providers.

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