YOKINE-based organisation Millennium Kids has two big reasons to celebrate this year.
The youth led environmental organisation celebrates 21 years of operation this year, and in October received an Achievement Award in the WA Youth Awards.
The organisation helps young people aged 10-25 years co-designing practical action projects in their local, regional and global communities.
Recent projects include Wetland Warriors, a social-media based holiday program designed to create awareness of the plight of waterbirds in wetland areas, and the Willy Wagtail Project, a social enterprise developed to take waste destined for landfill and create bags to reduce plastic bag use.
Youth Minister Peter Tinley said the awards were a reminder of the positive contributions made by young people in WA.
He described this year’s finalists represented the diversity of WA’s youth.
“These inspiring young people have contributed more in their lifetimes than many people twice their age,” he said.
“I hope they will inspire other Western Australians to ask themselves how they can make a difference to their own communities.
“If the calibre of young people awarded tonight are anything to go by, then I strongly believe that we are in very capable hands for the future.”