What is the Youth Climate Retreat?

We recognise that young people are often left out of the conversations on how to respond to the impacts of climate change in their own communities. The retreat is an opportunity for young people to have a say in their future.

During the retreat, attendees will partner with ADAPT and YLab in a co-design workshop to develop projects and activities that will engage other young people in the process of adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Why should I attend the Youth Climate Retreat?

  • To meet and connect with other young people from a diverse range of backgrounds who also care about our future
  • To have your views and ideas recognised about how we should best include other young people in climate adaption activities
  • To have fun while developing skills in teamwork and communication

Who can participate?

We are looking for young people (aged 15-24) from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences from all parts of our region.

Our region includes the following local government areas:

  • Buloke Shire
  • Campaspe Shire
  • Central Goldfields Shire
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Gannawarra Shire
  • Loddon Shire
  • Macedon Ranges Shire
  • Mildura Rural City
  • Mount Alexander Shire
  • Swan Hill Rural City

When is the Youth Climate Retreat?

Saturday 18 January – Sunday 19 January 2020
La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus
Edwards Road, Flora Hill

Is there a cost?

No! The only cost is your time.

To ensure that anyone can participate, the costs of the retreat will be fully covered, including all accommodation and meals. If you need help getting to and from the retreat, we can assist with that too.

 

What do I do now?

To attend the retreat, you need to complete the online application form via the link below. You can also apply by calling Dona Cayetana on 0436 629 698.

You will need to tell us some basic information about yourself as well as tell us why you want to attend the Youth Climate Retreat.

If you are under 18, you also need permission from your parent or guardian.

Applications close Sunday December 15 2019 at MIDNIGHT.

Stay up to date with the latest information and updates on the fun activities planned by following us on Facebook and Instagram

FAQs

ADAPT Loddon Mallee is a regional network that draws together individuals, communities, businesses and governments. The network implements actions to address the current impacts and reduce the future risks of climate change to communities and our social, cultural, environmental and economic systems across the Loddon Mallee region.
Climate change adaptation is anticipating the adverse effects of climate change and taking appropriate action to address these in order to prevent or minimise their impact.
YLab is a social enterprise of the Foundation of Young Australians that works with young people aged 12-29 years from all over Australia. They facilitate the collaborative relationship between young people and government, business and community organisations to help find innovative solutions to complex social problems that relate directly to young people.
YLab is facilitating the co-design workshop which is the feature of the Youth Climate Retreat.
The retreat is an opportunity for you, as a young person, to have a say in your future. At the retreat, you will develop projects and activities to engage other young people in the process of adapting to climate change in their communities. The Youth Climate Retreat will also shape how government engages with young people on climate change.
By attending the retreat, you will have the opportunity to:

  • meet and connect with other young people from a diverse range of backgrounds who also care about our future
  • have your views and ideas recognised about how we should best include young people in climate adaptation activities
  • have fun while developing skills in teamwork and communication
Don’t worry, its unlikely that any of the participants will know each other – so everyone will be in the same boat. Part of the fun of the retreat will be meeting other young people who also care about our future. There will be plenty of ice breakers to ensure you get to know each other and, you never know, you may make a new friend!
The retreat will be held on Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 January 2020. The starting time is yet to be finalised but will be around midday on Saturday to allow plenty of time to get there if you’re travelling a long way.
The retreat will be held at the Bendigo Campus of La Trobe University, Edwards Road, Flora Hill, Bendigo.
Anyone aged 15-24 that lives in one of the following local government areas:
Buloke Shire
Campaspe Shire
Central Goldfields Shire
City of Greater Bendigo
Gannawarra Shire
Loddon Shire
Macedon Ranges Shire
Mildura Rural City
Mount Alexander Shire
Swan Hill Rural City
At the retreat you will participate in a co-design workshop to design projects and activities that will help engage other young people in the process of adapting to climate change. We have an introductory Wayapa® workshop planned and lots of other fun and exciting activities. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest information.
Wayapa® is ‘an earth connection practice that is based on ancient Indigenous wisdom that focuses on taking care of the Earth.’ More information can be found on the Wayapa® website.
To apply, you need to fill in the online application form which is available via the link on the web page. You can also apply over the phone by calling the ADAPT Project Coordinator, Dona Cayetana, on 0436 629 698.
Applications close at 6pm on Monday 2 December 2019.
If you missed the deadline, contact Dona Cayetana directly on 0436 629 698
No! The only cost is your time. To ensure that anyone can participate, the costs of the retreat will be fully covered, including accommodation and meals. We can also assist with transport if you need help getting to and from the retreat.
Don’t worry, you can still participate. We understand that getting to the retreat can be tricky but please don’t let this stop you from participating. We are very happy to assist with transport. Get in touch with us by calling Dona Cayetana on 0436 629 698 or emailing info@adaptloddonmallee.com.au and we’ll make arrangements to get you to and from the retreat.
Yes, all meals are included.
Yes, as long as you tell us your dietary requirements, we will work with our caterers to accommodate your dietary needs.
Yes, all accommodation will be provided at no cost to you.
You will be staying in the Hillside Apartments located at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus. You will have your own room with a single bed. Bathrooms are shared and there are basic kitchen facilities available. All linen and bedding will be provided.
No, each participant will have their own bedroom with a single bed and all linen and bedding is provided. Bathrooms will be shared.
All you need to bring is yourself, some comfortable clothes for the weekend, your own toiletries and any medication or other specific items you may require. All linen and bedding will be provided.
No, all linen and bedding will be provided. But if you have a favourite pillow, blanket or teddy, you are very welcome to bring those along.
Yes, you can bring your phone. You may be asked to not use your phone at certain times but we also think phones are useful tools for engagement so please do bring it along.
Don’t let this stop you from attending! If you have a medical condition you will need to let us know. Please make sure you bring any medication with you to the retreat and let us know of anything we can do to help.
Yes, there will be a minimum of two qualified first aiders at the retreat. For any medical emergencies, we are located 4.8 km from Bendigo Hospital.
Yes, we will do everything we can to ensure you can attend, you just need to let us know of anything you need to assist you. This could be wheelchair access, an Auslan interpreter, larger font sizes etc.
Yes, of course you can. We want people from all backgrounds to attend the retreat. Speaking a language other than English is an awesome asset and can provide a unique perspective so your attendance and contribution will be highly valued. We can provide a translator if needed.
If you are under 18, you will need permission from your parent or guardian to attend the retreat. A permission form will be provided to you closer to the time of the retreat.
No, this retreat is for young people only. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this, please contact Dona Cayetana on 0436 629 698 or info@adaptloddonmallee.com.au
Yes, all the facilitators and staff running the retreat have a current Working With Children Check.
We will be asking for written consent to have your photo taken. If you do not want your photo taken, please advise us at the time of completing the form. This form will be provided to you closer to the time of the retreat.
If your question still isn’t answered after reading through the FAQs, you can contact Dona Cayetana on 0436 629 698 or info@adaptloddonmallee.com.au or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Still need more information?

If you have any questions or would like more information, call or text Dona Cayetana on 0436 629 698 or info@adaptloddonmallee.com.au

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Principles

Diversity
Engage a diverse range of young people including representatives from different cultural, social, economic, environmental and political perspectives.

Equity
Provide a supported opportunity for all the participants to have their views, attributes and contributions recognised.

Trust
Confidence that young people understand their own communities and peers and are best placed to develop an effective engagement approach to climate adaptation.

Principle Partner

ADAPT Loddon Mallee is proud to partner with YLab, a social enterprise of the Foundation for Young Australians. Y-lab is experienced in working with young people from all over Australia aged 12-29 years and have built Australia’s largest community of young changemakers. They have an existing social media community of 150,000+ and 50,000+ website visits each month. Y-Lab have experience in putting young people’s time and talent at the centre of collaborations with government, business, and community organisations to rethink future systems and influence issues that relate directly to them, recognising that they are experts in their own lives. Y-Lab operates nationally and has extensive networks with regional and rural community groups in Victoria.

We acknowledge the First Peoples of the Loddon Mallee and their/our longstanding, rich and resilient cultures, rights and responsibilities to Country, and genuinely pay respect to their/our knowledge holders, leaders, Elders past, present and future.