Skills for Life
Green Labs follows the Millennium Kids Skills for Life process. It asks kids to identify solutions to the big problems, researching and implementing projects at a local level and activating those spaces with the wider community.
In the first stage, participants engage in thought-provoking play to help identify the issues and opportunities for change. These are then mapped against the UN Sustainable Development Goals, validated and prioritised. Finally, participants review examples of other youth-led projects.
2. Explore and collaborate
Participants learn more about the issues and test their ideas with a team before meeting with stakeholders and pitching. During this stage, participants visualise a best-case-scenario: what would the solutions look like in 50 or 100 years?
3. Create and innovate
Once committed to action, participants research and analyse potential solutions. Define goals and a vision for success, and assign time frames.
Participants consider risks and permissions, and ways for managing the project. Then it’s launch time! Work through the project plan, reviewing on a regular basis and keeping community and stakeholders updated on progress.
Get ready to engage the community! Set up meetings and seek feedback — how is the project going? Implement any changes and suggestions.
6. Evaluate and celebrate
At this final stage, teams evaluate their impact and review their goals. This is written up in a draft report to stakeholders, documenting key findings. Then, it’s time to reflect and celebrate success (and maybe go again)!
The Skills for Life process is designed to complement the Sustainable Schools Initiative WA. We work closely with the Department of Education to support schools to implement the sustainability priority within the Australian Curriculum.