Youth Landcare Ambassador programme
The LASA is pleased and honoured that Saskia Gerhardy from our member group Willunga Environment Centre has agreed to be the first Youth Landcare Ambassador following a decision by the Management Committee to develop a Youth Landcare Ambassador programme.
Saskia was awarded the 2015 State Landcare Award in the category Young Landcare Leader sponsored by Manpower Group. Saskia runs an environmental youth group called YACCA (Youth And Community in Conservation Action). YACCA meets weekly to participate in environmental activities around their local and greater community to connect them to the environment, gain an understanding of the current issues we face and give them an outlet to make a positive contribution towards solving these issues. The YACCA group actively encourages students to pursue Landcare based objectives in the community.
At the moment Saskia is in the process of expanding YACCA throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges with the aim of having similar groups at Normanville, Gawler, Mt. Pleasant, the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills, not to mention the one she has already established in Willunga. One of Saskia’s main plans is to have camps as part of the expansion of YACCA. Saskia is really excited about all of this and Saskia and the LASA Committee will discuss this further. As Saskia has already got a youth environment group established the LASA doesn’t need to start from scratch if we wanted to do our own retreats for example
Saskia and Glenn Gale attended the recent launch of a national youth Landcare group called “Intrepid Landcare” and we are currently in discussion about membership and participation in national and state initiatives in the engagement with youth in Landcare. If you would like to come for the ride please contact Glenn Gale, email@example.com