History

In 1995 the United Nations Environment Program launched Leave It To Us, the first children and youth environment conference in the world. Hundreds of young people from around the world met in Eastbourne, UK for 5 days of speeches, workshops and an opportunity to have a say about their environment. Four delegates from Western Australia were invited to represent their schools and communities. James and Sophia represented the Milyu Project at South Perth Primary School a whole school initiative to care for the Milyu Nature Reserve on the Swan River Foreshore in South Perth. Alicia represented her school student environment club at Bullsbrook District High School run and managed by children. Sarah came from John Septimus Roe, keen to have a say about local bushland and other environmental issues. Together these four young people had an opportunity to hear from young people around the world, hear about groundbreaking environmental initiatives and commit to some form of action when they returned to Western Australia. The delegates at the Leave it to Us presented their Leave It to Us Challenges 1995to the people of the World. The Western Australian team returned to Perth and Kids Helping Kids was the result an environmental conference run by kids for kids. 1996 Kids Helping Kids Western Australian Childrens Environmental Conference After 12 months of planning, Alicia, James, Sarah, Sophia and their friend Jeremy launched their own environmental conference in Perth, Western Australia, supported by parents, teachers and community stakeholders. The conference, held at Perth Zoo, was opened by the Premier Richard Court MLA, with 180 children from around Australia and Malaysia. The conference was supported and sponsored by Kareelya Property Group, City of South Perth, Clean Up Australia, Water and River Commission, South Perth Primary and Perth Zoo. The conference delegates presented the Youth Challenges on the Environment 1996 to stakeholders including Keeper of the Challenges Ian Kiernan and Millennium Kids Patron Philip Pendal. The UNEP program reported on the successes of the youth led conference Mini International Conference 1996 in their global magazine. Kids Helping Kids is a conference unique in its vision and unusual in its scope. For far too long we have denied ourselves the opportunity of listening to our children, of heeding to their pleas for a better world, for a healthy environment, their questionings and their answers. Ms Elizabeth Dowdeswell Executive Director of United Nations Environment Program I am honoured to have been asked to be Keeper of the Challenges. I will ensure the issues and concerns raised by the children at the Conference are delivered to the Prime Minister, John Howard, but I promise to study the Challenges myself and listen to the fears, concerns and hopes of children about the state of the environment and work with them to achieve these goals. Ian Kiernan AO Chairman Clean Up Australia The conference is the culmination of a huge effort from five student conveners Alicia, James, Sophia, Sarah and Jeremy and Project Coordinator Catrina Luz Aniere who have spent countless hours designing, organising and preparing for the coming days. Stephen Breen Principal South Perth Primary 1997 Kids Ask Minister to Table Environmental Challenges In 1997 over 100 young people from across Western Australia spent two days at the Kids Helping Kids Environmental Conference discussing their concerns about the environment, undertaking workshops and planning their future environmental projects. The students spent one day at Perth Zoo and then headed to Rottnest Island for an overnight stay to take part in range of activities looking at managing waste, revegetation, tree planting and caring for native animals. The students met with the Rottnest Island CEO and other stakeholders to present their ideas on how to care for the island in the future. After the conference the KHK team compiled kids concerns about the environment and prepared the 1997 Youth Challenges on the Environment to present to the Minister for Environment. Kids being kids they decided to dress up in air pollution masks, flippers and beach wear to signify their concerns for a planet with rising sea levels and held their press conference at the Canning Vale rubbish tip. 1998 TravelSmart to School In 1998 the Kids Helping Kids Environmental Conference participants set out their Challenges for the Environment and presented them to Government. The Department for Planning and Infrastructure was keen to support their challenge Young people should walk, ride, carpool and catch a bus to school to reduce air pollution. In 1999 the Millennium Kids team worked with a year 5 class at Kardinya Primary School with teachers Mrs Swan and Mrs Robinson to develop the TravelSmart to School Program. In 2002 the team worked with Alphabeticus to develop The Horses Who Saved the World, a fun interactive performance that inspired young people to reduce their travel footprint. In 2003 Millennium Kids and the TravelSmart to School Program was recognised by the Government of Western Australia as a leader in education for sustainability in the Hope for the future The Western Australian Sustainability Strategy. Highlights of 1998 Sharing Ideas with Kids from Malaysia A team of five youth representatives from Kids Helping Kids headed to Malaysia to the JEGOM Environmental Conference. The conference focussed on water and as one child at the conference said at the conference I learnt to love water like I love my grandmother. 1999 Millennium Kids is Born Group of around 70 people After running the Kids Helping Kids Environmental Childrens Conference for three years the Kids decided it was time to incorporate. Millennium Kids Inc was registered as a not for profit environmental youth organisation in Western Australia in October 1999. Millennium Kids Vision Millennium Kids have a vision for our world. Our world, where all people have access to fresh water. Our world, where there is a safe place for all creatures big and small. Our world, where we care for the land and forests, the sea, rivers and wetlands. Our world, where we have clean air and less waste. Our world, where all schools learn about sustainability. Our world, where everyone works together for peace. We have a simple visionlets start today because earth is the only planet with chocolate! Thanks always to Maureen McDaniell, McDaniell Associates, friend, mentor and Co founder, for supporting the development of Millennium Kids. Without her support Millennium Kids would never have happened. 2000 On the Global Stage In 2000 Millennium Kids Youth Board members were invited to do the opening presentation at the second United Nations Environment Program Leave it To Us Conference in Eastbourne, UK. Watched by hundreds of young people the team, Gary, Tom, Luke, Tom and Lili talked about their passion for caring for the environment and the youthled programs they helped develop planting hundreds of trees on Garys parents farm in Brookton, helping the Department of Planning and Infrastructure develop the TravelSmart to School program and working with Alcoa Frogwatch and the WA Museum to promote the Frogwatch program in schools. At the conference, the team met hundreds of young people from around the world who wanted to take action and care for the planet. Millennium Kids met friends from Tunas Hijau Indonesia, JEGOM in Malaysia and a team from North West Province in South Africa and developed friendships that last till this day. Garys tree planting initiative Millennium Kids Go Tree Planting ,on his parents farm in Brookton was featured in Wasshoi Wasshoi! An Ecological Information magazine for Children in the Area of Asia Pacific Countries to inspire others to develop their own change making projects. 2001 The Childrens Voice In 2001 hundreds of children from across Australia took part in the Millennium Kids Postcard Campaign. Millennium Kids wanted to know what kids were concerned about and wanted to know how they could help empower young people to be active in their community. Suzanne Johnson helped us out by completing a Masters Futures Studies Research to ascertain the ideas of todays young people relating to the environment, with a view to determine likely roles of young people who wish to have a voice in influencing the environment of the future. The research The Childrens Voice Their Concerns and Search for a Role in Influencing the Environment of the Future noted nine major themes Waste Forest and forestry practices and native flora Native Animals Use on non renewable resources and energy sources Pollution Oceans Environmental commitment Global warming Salinity Kids wanted to Have a physical role in environmental improvement projects Generate increased awareness amongst youth Express the voice of young people in the wider area Youth representation on bodies of influence Have an influential role in environmental education This research has influenced the skills for life youth voice and engagement methodology that MK employs with young people to this day. Thank you Suzanne Johnson, you rock our MK world. Highlights of 2001 Frog Ponds Made Easy In 2000 Millennium Kids identified Native Animals as a key area of concern. In keeping with their commitment to turn young peoples concern into environmental projects a group of Millennium Kids and their supporters developed Frog Ponds Made Easy in partnership with Alcoa of Australia, Perth Zoo and the Western Australian Musem and Greening Australia,WA. Inaugural Millennium Kids Film Festival Millennium Kids ran a film festival at the Cygnet Cinema on the last day of their three day Millennium Kids Environmental Conference with young people having an opportunity to showcase their projects through short films. Ryan from Ryans Well Foundation, Canada, joined the conference and was guest speaker at the event. 2002 Tunas Hijau Cultural Exchange Tunas Hijau, Surabaya, Indonesia, a green youth group, led by Mochamed Zamroni, started to visit Kids Helping Kids Environmental Conference annually. Friendships began with kids sharing ideas about environmental challenges and students from South Perth Primary School created a Friendship Banner to show that together we can change the world. Tunas Hijau and Millennium Kids have shared ideas and collaborated on projects ever since. Highlights of 2002 Meeting Dr David Suzuki Nic Lanyon, MK Council Member, facilitated a special opportunity for MK Conference participants to hear Dr David Suzuki speak at the 6th Global Conference and Expo Maturity Matters. After the speech the MK delegates had a special one hour meeting to discuss their projects and talk about their ideas for a healthy planet. After the three day conference the children presented their Youth Environmental Challenges 2002 to government. International Networking Conference for Environmental Education Japan MK Program Director,Catrina Luz Aniere, was invited to Nishinomiya, Japan, to sit on an international panel to form a network to support environmental childrens education programs. Frog Pond at Perth Zoo Millennium Kids and South Perth Primary School students built a frog pond at Perth Zoo for National Frog Week activities. Frog Ponds Made Easy Millennium Kids development of the Frog Ponds made Easy brochure that was distributed to schools and community members through the Perth Zoo Visitors Centre. 2003 MKGP South Africa In 2000 our team attended the UNEP Leave it to Us Conference in the UK and met a number of young people from North West Province, South Africa, keen to look after their environment. MKGP South Africa was born with the MK team visiting the young people in Mafikeng, South Africa, sharing ideas and introducing them to the youth voice process asking kids what they like about their community, what they dont like about their community and what they want to change In many communities water is a major issue. Some schools have limited access to water, poor resources and waste management issues. Through a collaboration with kids in Western Australia and North West Province children shared ideas for river clean ups, food gardens and access to clean water. MKGP ran a number of very successful projects Clean Up Your River, Clean Up Your Act on the banks of the Molopo River and a food garden and water research project at Ntshidi School. Special thanks to Kate Laurendi, MK Project Officer for working with Matilda Bay Restaurant to raise funds for the projects. Thanks to Slow Food Perth, the Lombardo family, Tonia Ranford, St Hildas Junior School, Leonie Moncrieff, Lathlain Primary School and an anonymous donor for supporting the projects at Molopo River and Ntshidi School. Highlights of 2003 Tunas Hijau Planning Meeting Worked with Tunas Hijau to develop Surabaya Dreaming, a plan to revegetate areas along the river as childrens gardens. Clean Up Australia Curriculum Millennium Kids assisted in the development of the National Schools curriculum for Clean up Australia. MK Youth Board Grows Up MK Youth Board developed a leadership framework for 18 24 year olds. ABC Dimensions Documentary Millennium Kids meets Dr David Suzuki. TravelSmart to School showcased at International Conference MK showcases the youth led TravelSmart to school program with programs in Perth and regional Western Australia working with over 70 schools. Big Bio Buzz 500 students attend workshops at Piney Lakes with workshops facilitated byMK, WWF, Aloca Frog Watch and Greening Australia. 2004 Kids Recognised for their Leadership In 2004 Millennium Kids won the Alcoa Global EHS Achievement Award for their youth led commitment to environmental education and active citizenship. Youth Board Members Megan Hudson, Lauren Chapman, Isabella Taylor, Mary Sippe and Erika Maylam were at the awards night to celebrate their achievements along with other recipients. In October 2004 hundreds of young people once again converged at Fairbridge WA to attend the Millennium Kids Youth Environmental Conference. Young people held meetings, discussed their successes and failures, heard scientists and made their list of Youth Challenges on the Environment 2004 but this time they listed their action projects to share their updates with stakeholders on key partnerships they helped deliver. 2005 Rapt in Reptiles Kids were concerned about loss of habitat in the Perth metropolitan area. Working with Perth Zoo, Millennium Kids invited St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Queens Park to join them for a day at the zoo to learn about reptile friendly gardens. The students met Perth Zoo, Education Officer, Brad Kruger, and had the opportunity to get up close and personal with some reptiles to find out about their habitat needs. Using the MK methodology students helped co create a ten step brochure to making a reptile friendly garden in their school or garden. Highlights of the Year Birthday Breakfast 10 Years! In September 2005 Millennium kids celebrated their 10th birthday at the Broadwater Pagoda Hotel. The breakfast was attended by KHK cofounders James, Sophia, James and Alicia. The MK Youth Board presented a review of programs they had delivered over the previous 10 years. Catchment, Corridors and Coasts MK Youth Board member, Erika Maylam, received a UN Association sponsorship to attend the 5 day Catchment, Corridors and Coasts Conference. 2007 WA Youth Award Winner Citizenship Group With the Youth Board designing and working on a range of projects it was wonderful to be recognised as WA Youth Awards 2007 Winner of Citizenship Group category. Kids met once a month to plan and deliver a range of programs Developed clean up campaigns in collaboration with Clean Up Australia Day in local areas. Ran TravelSmart to School programs in local and regional areas in partnership with Department of Planning and Infrastructure. Partnered with Challenger TAFE on a Certificate 1 Leadership Development, funded by Alcoa of Australia, taking 25 young people a year on a leadership for sustainability training program. Developed a Rapt in Reptiles partnership with Perth Zoo outlining the steps to make reptile friendly gardens. Worked with schools in City of South Perth on adopting and caring for river foreshore areas. Ran the Millennium Kids Youth Environmental Conference at Fairbridge WA with young people presenting their Challenges to Parliament. It was wonderful to receive a Response to the Challenges from the then Premier Alan Carpenter MLA. 2008 The Quest In 2008 our MK Youth Board had the opportunity to take to the road and upskill other young people wanting to make change through a new MK initiative, The Quest. Through a BHP Nickel West sponsorship our crew hit the road and worked with young people in Kalgoorlie Kambalda, Esperance and Kwinana. Young people had to identify environmental issues in their local community and develop an Olympic style event to bring the community together and raise awareness about the issues. Using the Olympic sustainability principles as a starting point over 500 young people developed local projects for local communities. The young people in Esperance designed their own sustainable surf event with young people highlighting the plight of the leafy sea dragon, a local endangered species. The team helped revegetate local areas, learnt event management skills and held a waste free surf event .and they even remembered to car pool to the event on the day to reduce traffic to the surf site. The team of young leaders came together at the end of the surf event at Bremer Bay for a youth leadership course and completed a Certificate 1 in Leadership Development. 2010 Childs Rights on the Agenda In 2010 Millennium Kids was invited to join the NGO reporting process on the Rights of the Child at the UN in Geneva. Kids had been talking up their concerns about climate change and were worried the government of the day wasnt taking their concerns seriously. Kids were keen to have a say about what they thought should be on the agenda. Kids were keen to have adults listen to their ideas for change and in the pre hearing sessions Millennium Kids was given an opportunity to present their your led programs, designed for kids by kids. MK CEO Cat and Locky Cooke, ICEA Founder, joined the delegates in Geneva to support the youth agenda. 2011 MK Project Explore What do you do when the kids are bored and they want to get out of town You develop MK Project Explore of course! Three hundred young people from Kalgoorlie Boulder participated in the development of the program which saw schools and community groups of kids visit the Great Western Woodland alongside scientists, elders, artists and poets over a three year period. Through a partnership with BHP Billtion Nickel West students and teachers explored significant sites and mapped a range of practical projects that would help them answer their big questions How do the trees grow so big with such little water How did the indigenous people live here How big is the woodland Children created a book, MK Project Explore, and presented their findings to the Minister for Environment Bill Marmion. 2012 Doing More With Less Doing More With Less was inspired by young people wanting better waste management systems. Funded and supported by the Alcoa Foundation schools and community groups of kids worked together to solve problems in Mandurah, Kwinana and Geelong, sharing their waste management strategies through a blog and a book published to inspire others to make change. The Millennium Kids Western Suburbs Sustainability Ambassadors team met with Alumni member, Alicia Curtis, at a Doing More With Less workshop series to showcase the ideas they had implemented at their school. 2013 Kids on Country Kids on Country was born in 2013. Elder, Betty Logan, invited the MK team to Coolgardie to meet with the local community of parents and kids. The Sunday drive took over 50 community members 70km out of town to Burra Rock Conversation Reserve and Cave Hill Nature Reserve in the Great Western Woodlands. Kids played, fires were lit and the community talked about that they wanted for their future. Kids wanted to get out of town, learn on country beside their elders and reconnect with culture. With good food and good conversation the team mapped a series of adventures for the kids along with scientists, artists and elders. Kids wanted to get out of town learn about local plants and animals have fun In 2019 the program has a number of stakeholders keen to support this skills for life program. Highlights of 2013 MK Visits Tunas Hijau, Green Future Club of Surabaya MK CEO, Catrina Luz Aniere and Bella Poll, MK Sustainability Ambassador, visited Tunas Hijau, Surabaya and took part in a series of environmental workshops along with hundreds of children from the city. Bella and Catrina also had the opportunity to attend the Independence Day Ceremony in the city. Time to Explore Frog Habitats Millennium Kids worked with Beckenham Primary School students and their teachers, Western Australian Museum staff and other stakeholders to learn about frog habitats at Kent Street Weir. The childrens work was created into a book Time to Explore Frog Habitats , a perfect addition to any classroom. 2014 Rivers On Our Mind In 2014 the MK Youth Board had rivers on their mind. With a partnership between City of South Perth, Town of Bayswater, Centre for Water Research, University of Western Australia and the Department of Parks and Wildlife a series of River Forums allowed young people to visit the river, learn from scientists, elders and poets and develop practical action projects to solve some of the river challenges. Youth Board Members met once a month after school to develop the River Forum workshops and activities and report back to stakeholders. 2015 Speak Out for Change Report In 2015 Millennium Kids CEO, Cat, was contracted to work with the South East Corridor Youth Partnership Project YPP a Collective Impact initiative, promoting collaboration between government, community services and young people to improve outcomes for children and young people in the South East Corridor of Perth, and all of Western Australia. A key foundation of the project was recognising that young peoples voices and opinions are valuable, and it is essential that young people are able to contribute and be involved in the decisions that affect them. The MK youth voice approach was employed as a key methodology when engaging with young people. As a result, the YPP, led by its Youth Leadership Roundtable YLR, held the Speak Out for Change Youth Voices on Youth Issues Summit, which aimed to encourage and enable young people to have their voices heard on key issues that affect them. The Summit was held on the 15th of April 2015, and was the largest youth advocacy event during National Youth Week 2015 in Western Australia, engaging over 100 young people as well as over 90 key stakeholders from government, the youth sector and the community in open consultations and issuespecific workshops. This report documents the Summit Journey providing background into the YPP, the growth of the Youth Leadership Roundtable, the development of the Youth2Youth consultation approach and the format of the actual event. Kids were raising a range of issues but it was very important to MK to note two key areas of sustainability noted in the Speak Out For Change Report Climate Change and Public Transport. Speak Out for Change Report Climate Change CC1 Action the recommendations from existing and future climate change research CC2 Seek to make cities more sustainable and adopt climatefriendly policies, such as economic incentives and subsidies to go green CC3 Encourage individuals and community to make environmentally friendly choices and embrace sustainability CC4 Consider environmental issues and policy when electing government representatives, and continue to place pressure on government and elected representatives CC5 Develop greater awareness of sustainability and climate change issues through community and schoolbased education Public Transport PT1 Provide more transit guards, lighting and surveillance cameras to help young people feel safe when traveling on public transport PT2 Ensure transit guards are approachable, respectful and understanding, including having training on engaging effectively with young people and people of diverse cultural backgrounds PT3 Investigate opportunities for public transport to help address social issues 2016 The Willy Wagtail Project With kids thinking about funding their own projects, change was in the wind. MK Member, Shay, pitched at the Vic Park Soup, a community event developed to fund local projects. Shay won the pot of coins and was able to start his own turtle bag initiative. MK then pitched in and gave him a loan to get his project up and running. Silk screening calico bags, selling the bags and spreading his plastic free message at Vic Park Markets not only raised awareness of the plastic bag issue but was a fabulous opportunity to learn new skills. Funds raised by Shay helped women in Indonesia start their own small business through a donation to Bamboo Micro Credit But sourcing ethical bags was the problem. How to make the bags without falling into the trap of child labour Bella P and Bonnie had an idea to rescue clean fabric destined for landfill. CEO Cat needed to get skilled up so in 2015 she saw the writing on the walls and pitched the idea of a recycled bag concept to School for Social Entrepreneurs to learn about social enterprise and the skills needed to meet the needs of a changing world how to fund your own initiatives Guided by co founders Thea and Ani with artwork by Bella T, The Willy Wagtail Project was born in memory of dear Pip, a feisty come follow me, lets change the world type of girl. With kids sourcing clean fabrics destined for landfill, a series of workshops were held across the Perth metropolitan area. With funding support from Jack Johnson, Suez Grants and the Waste Authority kids explored ways to keep clean waste out of landfill and raise awareness about how each of us can make a difference to our waste footprint. Highlight of 2016 Low Carbon Schools One Thousand Actions for the Planet With support from PROSH UWA and City of Fremantle Millennium Kids collaborated on the Low Carbon Schools program to launch One Thousand Actions for the Planet. Over 500 young people from across the Perth metropolitan area participated in the leadership training and subsequent Pitch for the Planet events held in South Perth, Kalgoorlie and Cockburn. Inaugural Climathon ClimateKIC Winners Perth Our MK team of Thea, Bella, Anita, Cat and Craig, an intergeneration team, came up with a crazy innovative solution to the WA Challenge The experience of a low emission street lighting in Fremantle. With Biofluorescence and interactive solar lighting sharing the footpaths our team designed a lighting experience that not only lit up the City of Fremantle, but gave tourists an experience to remember think a cycling experience to power the lights. Why not check out this years event at Climathon 2017 Kids Put Climate Change on their Map Kids have been talking about climate change for some time. In 2017 the language changed. Kids attending workshops were using words like anxious, concerned when discussing climate change and started asking about their future in a world with weather extremes. The University of Western Australia, Medical Scholarly Activity students, helped us with a survey of 100 young people across Australia. The result was a brief report to start a serious conversation about climate change and the mental health and well being of young people. Young People of Australia and Climate Change Perceptions and Concerns was the result. Check out what kids had to say in the report Young People and Climate Change. Our thoughts were spot on kids clearly had climate change on their mind. MK Members Xavier, Hoang and Huda visited the Parliament of Western Australia to meet with Member for Swan Hills, Jessica Shaw MLA, to discuss their concerns and find out about the governments climate change agenda. Highlights of 2017 WA Youth Awards 2017 Organisational Achievement At the end of the year Millennium Kids was awarded the WA Youth Awards 2017 Organisational Achievement Award for 21 years youth voice and action. Kids on Country A Case Study The Kids on Country program was selected to be profiled on the Commissioner for Children and Young Peoples Engaging with Aboriginal Children and Young People Toolkit. Check it out Kids on Country A Case Study 2018 Vale Ian Kiernan AO The death of dear friend and mentor Ian Kiernan, Co Founder and Chairperson, Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World, reminded us that one man can change the world. Ian inspired Millennium Kids to go out into the world and be the change. We will remember Ian and will live up to his expectations that we can make the world a better place for all! Highlights of 2018 A New Website in the Making Jacob and the MK Crew met with Media on Mars to start designing their new website thanks to a grant from Lotterywest. Jacob and the crew started mapping the front end of the website, meeting to film the various messages for the website and shaping the on line tools and member only portal. 2019 Waste Free Movement Rolls Out Kids have been talking about waste since Millennium Kids began in 1996. In 2017 Millennium Kids launched the Waste Free Movement a campaign to get everyone thinking about the waste they create and develop plans to minimise it. Thanks to Jack Johnson and All At Once for helping out by inviting the Kids to his concert at Kings Park. The MK Crew shared their ideas with the public, got some feedback and created a plan for change. With a successful Suez Grant kids started putting their ideas into action. Kids visited waste facilities, landfill sites and met with innovators pondering the big questions around waste. In 2018 the Kids received a Waste Authority Community Grant so they could take their next steps. With the Summer X Salt Markets and Australia Day event on the South Perth foreshore in their sights they took to the events to spread their messages and audit food vendors and bins. With a very large collection of take away packaging the team will now work with the McCusker Centre for Citizenship to find out exactly where that rubbish goes. Check out the Waste Free Movement film in the MK TV section and dont forget to let us know your ideas. Join the Movement.

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Founding Year:

1996

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Still active

Type of Group:

Incorporated Association

Primary Focus:

Sustainability

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National

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Australia

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