Action projects are experiential learning activities that give youth a chance to focus on issues directly affecting them. Designing and implementing action projects allows youth to understand that they do have the ability to bring about positive and significant change in their schools and communities. Through our Youth Forums and in-class action days, students are motivated to take on a variety of different Action Projects. Below are a selection of Action Projects that schools are taking on across the country.
Does your schoolyard look grey and bleak? Transform it by planting native trees, shrubs and wildflowers and contribute to a healthier school environment!
Develop an anti-idling campaign at your school, creating posters and information handouts about the negative effects of idling.
Take action to remove garbage from a local water body and help to restore the environment and create healthier spaces for animals and plants to thrive.
Become master builders of a garbage-guzzling machine that will use worms to transform organic waste into a natural fertilizer!
Raise awareness of the negative effects of storm water runoff through the fun and inspirational activity of painting yellow fish on storm drains.
Plant and care for your own food from seed to harvest! Begin thinking about where your food comes from, and why it matters for your health, farmers, rural communities, and the environment.
Take action with a school audit to study and analyze what uses up energy at school, then take on the mission to lower energy use school-wide!
There are plenty of innovative ways you can reuse common household products and reduce the need for others. Design funky and fun bags from old materials and flatten your fluffy pile of plastic shopping bags.
For more information on creating a action project at your school contact:
Elaine Rubinoff, Director of Programs and Administration
Learning for a Sustainable Future
Key Strategies that Transform Learning
From Environmental Education to Citizenship and Sustainability