Young reporters for the environment is an international network of Youth-led environmental journalism in 34 countries around the world.
Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) 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.
The program offers these enthusiastic youngsters a chance to make their voices heard and to feel that they are being listened to. The ultimate goal of these young reporters is to highlight environmental injustices and to have them righted by the appropriate authorities, but the upshot of this is that these young people get to feel like they can make a difference and hopefully the opportunities provided by YRE engenders in them the desire to continue to do so.
Empower: Young Reporters for the Environment empowers young people to have their say on environmental issues in their locality which they feel are not being adequately addressed. It gives them an outlet for their frustrations and a platform from which to make a difference.
Unite: Coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and active in some 30 countries worldwide, the YRE program brings students of all backgrounds together with a sense of common purpose.
Develop: YRE helps participants to develop skills and acquire knowledge which will stand to them for the rest of their lives: communication skills, individual initiative, team work, critical analysis, social responsibility and leadership skills are all honed through involvement in the program.
Drive: A competition is held annually to encourage young people from all over the world to push themselves to their limits in the search for a story which will ultimately bring to the fore a real and current local environmental issue. Composed of three independent age categories, the competition affords the entrants the chance of winning not only prizes, but recognition too.
The work begins with the start of the school year and after the Jewish holidays. EcoOcean representative will visit the school and presents the program and the course of the work for the students. The work continues in the classrooms with teachers helped by the program coordinator. Throughout the program, the students receive various materials- a set of guidelines, tutorials videos and local and international examples of projects from past years. Submission of works is at the beginning of March.
Submission of projects can be in Hebrew, Arabic or English, with the preference of the teacher and students.