Keep Scotland Beautiful, the charity for Scotland’s environment, today launched the Young Reporters Scotland programme – which is set to help young people in Scotland find their voice on environmental and
sustainability issues and take action.
The annual quest will see young people Scotland-wide encouraged to get creative and submit a piece of journalism which explores, and proposes a solution to, a sustainability issue within their own community. The competition is open to young people, and it is hoped that colleges and youth groups will take up the 2015 challenge.
To kick start this year’s programme, a group of students from Forth Valley College’s Access to Creative Industries course participated in a workshop at the Tolbooth, Stirling, to learn more about the competition and develop their entry ideas.
The 2015 Young Reporters Scotland competition encourages submissions in an array of media, from video and animation, to articles, blogs and photography. Winners of the Scotland-wide competition will also have the chance to compete at international level – where they can become a part of a network of young people producing creative solutions to environmental issues within their own communities.
Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:
“Young Reporters Scotland is a fantastic programme which will help to create further awareness amongst young people, whilst helping to develop a range of life skills.
“We are excited by the level of interest in this initiative and eager to get young people even more proactively involved in helping their own environment.”
The support of Tesco’s Single Use Carrier Bag Charge has enabled Keep Scotland Beautiful to develop this programme and support young people across Scotland to take part.
Tony McElroy, Tesco Communications Manager for Scotland, commented:
“It is really important we maximise the benefit of the proceeds of the carrier bag charge. At Tesco we are keen to play our part and help customers and communities. With this project we hope to see a new generation of young people step forward to ask the big questions on the environment, and help provide the further stimulus we need on environmental action.”
The competition welcomes enquiries from young people who are interested in taking part. More information on the competition, ideas and inspiration can be found at this website link.