My World My Home: creating the environmental leaders of tomorrow

25 Aug 2017
My World My Home is a prestigious leadership development programme for young people, in association with Friends of the Earth and NUS.

What is My World My Home?

Nitzan from the My World My Home programme
Nitzan from the My World My Home programme
Credit: Andrew McGibbon

Over the course of a year, you’ll plan and organise a local community campaign that makes a tangible change for the environment.

If you complete the written part of the course you will get a Level 3 qualification in Community Campaigning, with 8 UCAS points.

What’s in it for me?

  • You’ll learn how to make positive changes happen in your community or college
  • 8 UCAS points and a Level 3 qualification to put on your CV
  • Build your confidence in public speaking, or in one-to-one conversations
  • Meet other young people who share your concerns for the environment
  • A 3-day, all expenses paid residential trip to the beautiful Peak District

How does it work?

As part of the course, you'll receive: 

  • A 2-day intensive training weekend in community campaigning in your home city
  • Fortnightly one-to-one tuition and coaching
  • Campaign support as you meet with others to organise your campaign

Graduation takes place at Basecamp, Friends of the Earth’s 3-day gathering in June, with environmentalists from across the UK. Participants get free tickets, travel and accommodation.

My World My Home graduates at Basecamp 2017
My World My Home graduates at Basecamp 2017
Credit: Andrew McGibbon

What is it like to take part?

Iram My World My Home graduate
Iram, My World My Home graduate

 

Helping the environment is crucial. If we all do our part, we’re bound to get somewhere. I’ve done my part with Friends of the Earth and I loved it. Iram, London

Some of our graduates from the London My World My Home programme delivered the Clean Air Everywhere petition to 10 Downing Street, with Rosamund Kissi-Debrah from the Ella Roberta Family Foundation (ellaroberta.org). 

My World My Home graduates, delivering the Clean Air Everywhere petition to No.10
Some of the London My World My Home graduates, delivering the Clean Air Everywhere petition to No.10

 

The My World My Home course was the best thing I did in my whole 2 years at sixth form.Lili, London

How do I apply?

It depends where you live.

We’re currently running the My World My Home program in 12 colleges across 3 different regions.

If you are a current student at one of these colleges then email the relevant person listed below.

London

If you go to:

  • City & Islington Sixth Form College
  • NewVIC (Newham Sixth Form)
  • Newham College

Email Holly Templer: [email protected]

If you go to:

  • Richmond Upon Thames College

Email Laura McFarlane-Shopes: [email protected]

The Midlands

If you go to:

  • Central College Nottingham
  • New College Nottingham
  • Derby College
  • West Nottinghamshire College

Email Shingai Mushayabasa: [email protected]

Wales and South West England

If you go to:

  • Coleg y Cymoedd
  • City of Bristol College
  • Coleg Gwent
  • Bridgend College

Email Joanna Lane: [email protected]

If you are a student at a college not listed above, unfortunately you cannot currently participate in this course. But please tell your college about it, because we will be expanding to new colleges if there is demand.

If you work in a college not listed above and you would like to be able to offer the programme to your students, please contact: [email protected]

Part of Our Bright Future

My World My Home is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of 8 organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts.

Our Bright Future aims to tackle 3 big challenges facing society today:

  • lack of social cohesion
  • lack of opportunities for young people
  • vulnerability to climate change.

31 youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.

This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring that this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.

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