Description/achievement of initiative
Millennium Kids has empowered young people to plan and implement projects that care for the environment since 1996. In partnership with schools, local communities, parents, and local authorities, projects include environmental audits, remediation, action conferences, hands-on sustainability education, futures thinking and outreach into South Africa, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
The Campaign for 2016/2017 is '1000 Actions for the Planet'. Children, schools and youth have committed to achieving 1000 Actions towards the SDGs. The Campaign was launched during the MK20 Unconference in Perth and Fremantle, Australia, in October 2016.
Millennium Kids has its own proprietary, 10-step methodology for working with kids in educational settings. The kids learn this and use it to inform their project and activity planning, budgeting, and collaborating with other kids. Through schools, local authority partnerships, and environmentally responsible corporate sponsors, smaller projects often become larger activities or events involving a few hundred young people. The Board and Council meet monthly for capacity building workshops, to progress current projects, make decisions about new ones, and report to the sponsors on their achievements. Kids also write and circulate newsletters to registered members.
Building on the success of the October 2016 Unconference with games, speakers, performances, and international projects proposed between young people from Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia, the Board has proposed another Unconference in October 2017. Planning is underway.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Each major initiative has expert mentors - often scientists, indigenous elders, field specialists etc - that provide the kids with technical information and answer many questions. Older kids will mentor younger ones. Parents, communities and local authorities will often contribute knowledge, contacts and expertise when kids ask for it as part of their project plan. Kids use iPads in Board meetings to write their reports, minutes, plans, and action agendas.
We are currently negotiating a government grant for a new website that will be designed and created by kids under the mentorship of experience web-designers and builders. In this way, the kids own the website and can manage it themselves.
We are also arranging for young people to learn public speaking and pitching skills to share their ideas and pitch competitively for project funding.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
Millennium Kids initiatives are governed by young people through their own Board, planning, project management, implementation, and reporting. Many are aged 10-15, with fewer in the 16-24 aged group.
Overseeing the organisational management, finances, and legal requirements where adults are needed is the Millennium Kids Council. The Council comprises Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Council Members that include a lawyer, accountant, social impact assessor, government employee, and futurist.
The organization has a constitution, values determined by young people (Care for the Environment, Have Fun, Eat Chocolate) and receives financial support from government grants, sponsorships, youth memberships, and fundraising.
Millennium Kids Inc youth led organisation, parents, communities, participating schools and local authorities