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Start the Switch

Start the Switch Youth Forum

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and Knox City, Maroondah City, Whitehorse City, Manningham City and Yarra Ranges Councils are excited to invite you and your students to be part of the sustainability youth forum, ‘Start the Switch’. Over one incredible day on Wednesday 29th of May 2013, more than 150 students will have the opportunity to listen to inspiring keynote speakers and take part in leadership training and workshops to enable them to launch sustainability projects in their schools and communities.          

To promote this, AYCC can send a trained, highly engaging presenter into your school to run a 20 minute presentation on climate science and solutions to an all-school or middle school assembly – aiming to ignite student interest on the issue of climate change, the most important issue of their generation.


In 2012, AYCC, Knox, Maroondah, Manningham and Yarra Ranges Councils ran the first ‘Start the Switch’ in the Eastern Metro Region which was a huge success with over 60 students, leading to the formation of 15 new school sustainability groups.  These student groups have gone on to implement a range of exciting sustainability projects, from creating a school veggie patch or a school recycling scheme through to organising a fundraiser to get solar panels on the school roof. They were given the skills, confidence and team support structures to enable them to carry out sustainability projects in their schools and communities, and are individually mentored by trained young AYCC volunteers.

Recognising that climate change and sustainability are the most pressing issues of our time and that youth involvement is paramount in the transition to a sustainable future, we are building on last year’s ‘Start the Switch’ for another group of students to become leaders of today. With a passion for this mission, AYCC has grown to over 80,000 members in 4 years and is leading the way in inspiring and empowering young people.

‘Start the Switch’ aims to inspire and empower secondary students with the leadership skills to help them launch fun and engaging sustainability projects in your school and community. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMRbBxD3KuA to view the promotional clip for the event.

Event Details


  • A one-day summit – leadership training, workshops, keynote speakers.
  • Projects – initiation of ongoing projects, guiding mentors for each school group, online and offline support, dedicated website, resources, training modules, social network.


  • Summit –Wednesday the 29th of May 2013, between 9am – 3:30pm
  • Projects – Ongoing until December, 2013.


  • Students who are in years 9 to 11 in 2013.


  • Tintern Schools, 90 Alexandra Road, Ringwood East.


  • This is a fully funded event.
  • A teacher is present on the day to support and accompany students at the event.
  • Currently there is limit of 6 students per school.  We will inform schools if this changes closer to the event.  Send Kelly Mackenzie an email if you have more than 6 students interested.
  • Registrations close Friday 24th May.

Making a booking:

Making a booking is easy. Simply go to (http://bit.ly/1280BDm) to register your interest. Your booking allows us to provide your school with promotional support. Schools will be included on a first-come, first-served basis.  If your school has more than 10 students interested in attending ‘Start the Switch’ please email either baljit.johal@aycc.org.au  or a.mann@yarraranges.vic.gov.au .

Feel free to contact me via the details below if you have any questions.   

Kelly MacKenzie
National Schools Coordinator
Australian Youth Climate Coalition
0422 636 775

Anthony Mann
Learning for Sustainability Officer
Yarra Ranges Council
9294 6491

PO Box 105, Anderson Street, Lilydale, VIC 3140
Tel:1300 368 333
Fax: 9735 4249
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