BUTLER College students are spearheading a ‘Litter quitter’ project to raise awareness about pollution.
By educating their peers on the damaging effects of litter pollution on the natural environment, the students hope to reduce rubbish on school grounds and improve attitudes towards littering.
The project stemmed from a City of Wanneroo program to develop leadership skills among more than 60 primary and secondary students from eight schools.
Aged 10 to 18, the students have been working with elected members and staff to deliver projects they related to on a personal level.
After attending youth leadership forums in April, each group of students was tasked with developing a project that engaged with their local community and tackled issues in their neighbourhood.
Yanchep Secondary College students are emphasising the importance of eating breakfast every morning with a project called ‘Feed a friend’.
The students plan to host a ‘breakfast club’ to help provide a morning meal to fellow students who often struggle with access to food before school.
Ashdale Secondary College Year 8 and 9 students have invited residents to take part in a clean-up event in the Koondoola Bushland on August 25, which contains many significant native plant and animal species.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was vital for local government to play a role in empowering youth and teaching leadership skills.
“With 37 per cent of the City of Wanneroo’s population aged under 25, it is essential we recognise their strengths and provide opportunities for engagement,” she said.
“It is important for local government to promote and cultivate leadership skills in young people at a grassroots level, as well as encourage engagement with their local community.”
Other schools taking part in the youth leadership forum include Joseph Banks Secondary College, Irene McCormack Catholic College, Quinns Beach Primary School, Roseworth Primary School and Hocking Primary School.
Each school group will present the outcomes of their project to the mayor, elected members and key community stakeholders at a youth leadership showcase next month.