Millennium Kids Inc (MK) is a youth-led organisation that has, for 25 years encouraged young people, regardless of race, religion or social capital to explore, identify and address environmental and sustainability issues in the local, regional and global communities.
MK asks kids what they think the big issues are, maps those issues to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), then provides skills, tools and resources to investigate specific problems and ideate solutions that they can implement in their communities.
MK has enabled thousands of young people to have their say about the environment, leading to hundreds of inspiring youth-led initiatives that have contributed significantly to the environment and communities in WA and beyond. This gives kids real world experience, and ensures responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.
For 25 years, MK CEO and Co-founder Catrina Aniere has been synthesising best practice methods and refining a pedagogical approach where kids are at the centre of decision-making process. This process empowers kids to ideate and pitch their project ideas in a safe space, connect with friends and mentors, and to access knowledge, resources, and funding. Project based learning provides for a range of future skills, with opportunities to apply them to real world problems.
The MK Skills for Life process has been refined through a long-term co-design process of ideation, evaluation and iteration with Traditional Owners, event participants, workshop facilitators, educators, government and business stakeholders.
The SDGs have been embedded in everything that MK does since their endorsement in 2015, although we were already seeking ways to capture sustainable impact outcomes, and contributing youth voice to sustainability policy well before that time. Our projects are reported to the UN through our 1000 actions for the planet program, with a snap shot of our contributions to the SDGs delivered annually. The wide variety of MK projects implemented by the kids mean that they are able to contribute towards many of the UN SDGs beyond traditional environmental projects.
During the last 2 years MK has contributed to SDGs
1: No Poverty,
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being,
GOAL 4: Quality Education,
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth,
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities,
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production,
GOAL 13: Climate Action,
GOAL 14: Life Below Water,
GOAL 15: Life on Land,
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions and
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal.
MK’s Skills for Life process tackles wicked environmental problems through education, behaviour change, advocacy, innovation and design, community action, and rules and regulations. It gives kids the confidence and skills to succeed today and into the future. It allows them to take their seat at the table, develop innovative solutions to real world problems, contribute to decision-making processes, and create meaningful change, all the time contributing to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Using enquiry-based learning, kids develop projects specific to their communities that allows for their stewardship and management to strengthen efforts to safeguard the world’s natural and cultural heritage.