Someone recently contacted me to ask some questions relating to education for sustainability. They were from a school running a programme called Stars, where senior students are mentors to year 9 students.
What I discovered
After looking in to the programme and the ideas behind it, I discovered that research shows young teenagers (especially those struggling to fit in in school and society) often benefit from having a peer mentor. Based on this premise, the Ministry for Youth Development has developed the multi-faceted Stars programme, of which one component is engaging the students in community initiatives.
The school that contacted me wished to have ‘sustainability’ as the theme for the community initiatives and wondered if I might be able to support the students with their projects. They said there was a budget to pay for my services but that it was limited, and so I decided to give them for free. (And it turns out that was a wonderful decision as the warm welcome and kind words I have received from them have been a very positive experience for me.)