Take 3’s Youth Summit is back for 2022

Take 3 is delighted to announce the Take 3 Youth Summit 2022. This two-day event will take place at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW on 14 and 15 September 2022, with places available for 200 aspiring student leaders aged 12 – 16 from schools across New South Wales.

This follows the successful Youth Summit held in June 2021, held at Taronga Zoo, Sydney over two action-packed days. At this event, Take 3 was joined by a passionate, intelligent and forward-thinking group of 150 students who were determined to make a difference to the plastic pollution crisis. Participants heard from young leaders in the field of conservation and developed Community Action Projects to engage their school communities in plastic pollution education.  

This year’s Summit is titled Connecting Coast to Country: Youth Leading the Way, and its focus is on empowering young people to tackle the challenge of plastic pollution while simultaneously embarking on a personal journey to develop their leadership skills. 

Take 3’s Youth Summit, 2021

Annie Woollard, Head of Education at Take 3, described the goal of the Summit, “We want to demonstrate to young people that everyone has it in them to be a leader. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to stand up and tell others what to do. You can lead by inspiring others with your actions and by creating a circle of influence that brings out the best in those around you.”

During the Summit there will be talks by inspiring young environmental activists, and opportunities to interact with the zoo keepers as they demonstrate how they incorporate sustainable principles into their work as they care for the animals. A scavenger hunt is being planned, focusing on how the zoo is incorporating the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its operations, and there will be an evening session to introduce students to indigenous astronomy.

Students will round off the Summit by writing individual Action Plans describing not only how they will take action on plastic pollution but also how they will continue their personal journeys as environmental leaders. 

To find out more or to register interest, email Annie on education@take3.org.

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