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Developed by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, one of Australia’s largest youth-led non-profit organisations, Switched on Schools is a national high school program that builds a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis by empowering high school students to engage in sustainability and take meaningful action in their communities.

Switched on Schools uses a unique peer-to-peer approach to ignite students’ interest in climate justice through workshops, transformative summits, networking, mentoring and support, and opportunities to take part in local and national sustainability campaigns.

Since it was founded in 2007, the group has reached over 130,000 high school students and has run 32 leadership summits. In 2015, they ran summits for Victorian high schools, held workshops for 2,600 students, and trained 30 volunteers who contributed to the creation and implementation of the workshops and summits.

The national campaign, Youth Decide, provided over 3,000 Victorian students the opportunity to learn more about the impacts of global warming at 1.5, 2 and 3 degrees of temperature increase and to vote on the temperature world leaders should keep to at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference.

Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Switched on Schools Victoria

Developed by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, one of Australia’s largest youth-led non-profit organisations, Switched on Schools is a national high school program that builds a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis by empowering high school students to engage in sustainability and take meaningful action in their communities.

Switched on Schools uses a unique peer-to-peer approach to ignite students’ interest in climate justice through workshops, transformative summits, networking, mentoring and support, and opportunities to take part in local and national sustainability campaigns.

Since it was founded in 2007, the group has reached over 130,000 high school students and has run 32 leadership summits. In 2015, they ran summits for Victorian high schools, held workshops for 2,600 students, and trained 30 volunteers who contributed to the creation and implementation of the workshops and summits.

The national campaign, Youth Decide, provided over 3,000 Victorian students the opportunity to learn more about the impacts of global warming at 1.5, 2 and 3 degrees of temperature increase and to vote on the temperature world leaders should keep to at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference.

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