Young Reporters for the Environment

Our Young Reporters Litter Less Programme is aimed at students 11-25 years old. It aims to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues that they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. So give your students a voice, and register your school to participate .

We’ve partnered with Mars Wrigley Foundation to offer New Zealand schools, universities, tertiary institutions and youth groups the opportunity to participate in our Young Reporters for the Environment Litter Less Programme (YRE). This well-established and internationally recognised programme is open to students aged 11-25 years and provides them with a chance to make their voices heard on environmental issues.  This year, the focus is on reducing plastic waste.

Registrations

Registrations have now closed for 2021. Registrations will open for our 2022 Programme in November 2021.

Competition entries

Entries for the YRE 2021 competition have now closed. View the 2021 winning entries here.

Programme goals

The goal of YRE is to reduce litter and affect long-term behaviour change. It aims to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. Students are also asked to link their projects to one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Programme summary

YRE is designed for students aged 11 – 25 years.

Students are asked to pick an environmental topic relating to plastic litter and/or waste, investigate it, and then report on it using one of three categories: writing, photography or film.

You’ll also be require to plan an environmental campaign or community action day where students will share their ideas and projects to raise awareness of a plastic related environmental issue within the wider school and community. We’ll provide you with an environmental campaign kit to assist you with this task.

Students are then invited to submit their assignments to the YRE Competition for a chance to win fantastic electronic prizes and the opportunity to attend a ‘winners workshop’ and award ceremony.

The deadline for submissions to the competition is Thursday 5 August 2021.

We’ll put the best of the best national competition winners forward to represent New Zealand in YRE’s international competition.

We’ll also provide you with lots of resources to make life easy, and so you can ensure that the programme fits with your school and classroom curriculum, including: a classroom guide, handbooks, worksheets and lessons plans.