There are lots of ways that young people can become involved in taking action as Future Makers. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals provide a really useful framework for thinking about the range of areas that could be focused on.
When young people engage in social action there is a double benefit. Young people benefit themselves through the knowledge, skills and real-life experiences they gain. This has a positive impact on their character, sense of well-being, employability and even academic results. The other benefit, of course, is the impact on the particular issue or concern that is being addressed.
The resources below provide links to a number of project ideas or actual projects that are ready to be engaged with by learners in our schools.
Project ideas and links
The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. This framework provides an excellent basis for the design of authentic learning contexts in schools
Find out more here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/
Participate is a free online learning community designed for you to take action in your community with the SDGs.
Join here: https://explore.participate.com/teach-the-global-goals
Litter Intelligence is a long-term programme that collects litter data, provides powerful insights about the problem, and inspires widespread action for solutions.
Participate here: https://litterintelligence.org/
Generation Unlimited is a global multi-sector partnership to meet the urgent need for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 to 24, on an unprecedented scale.
Find out more: https://www.generationunlimited.org/
World Vision has lots of excellent resources that will provide inspiration and ideas as well as education on the issues of hunger and climate change.
Find them here: https://www.worldvision.org.nz/connect/resources/education-resources/
A collection of project ideas from the WWF that cover a number of issues relating to the natural environment, including recycling water and renewable energy.
Access here: https://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/teacher_resources/project_ideas/