My World My Home is a leadership development programme for young people between the ages of 16-24, in association with Friends of the Earth and Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK).
How does it work?
Over the course of a year, you'll get the chance to plan and organise a local community campaign that’ll positively benefit the local environment. As part of the course, you'll receive:
- Regular trips and visits in your community to develop your community campaigning skills.
- Campaigning guidance and support from a coach based in your region/city.
- Volunteering opportunities in the wider climate movement.
- Weekly college sessions and termly one-to-ones with an experienced campaign coach.
At the end of the programme, we’ll celebrate your achievements at a graduation event in July. This’ll take place at Friends of the Earth's national youth gathering, which is attended by environmentalists from across the UK.
Why should I take part?
Some of the benefits of taking part in My World My Home include:
- Learning how to make positive changes happen in your community or college.
- Building your confidence in public speaking, or in one-to-one conversations.
- Meeting other young people who share your concerns for the environment.
- Earning digital badges recognised by universities and recruitment websites such as LinkedIn.
- Taking part in a 3-day, all expenses paid residential trip with other student activists.
My World My Home participants in action
Taking part in My World My Home means you have the power to decide what you’re campaigning for and how you’ll deliver your campaign.
Our students and graduates have worked on a range of issues.
Being on My World My Home has given me the opportunity to help my local community and campaign on issues that I care aboutChristina, My World My Home Graduate
My World My Home students are provided with a coursebook that accompanies the programme.
Students learn how to organise and carry out a peaceful action, negotiate with power holders, and how to work as a team to organise their own activities.
How do I apply?
We’re currently running the My World My Home programme in 12 colleges across 4 different regions. If you’re a current student at one of these colleges then email the relevant person listed below.
If you live in Northern Ireland and are 16 to 25 years old apply to People Planet Place.
If you’re a student at a college not listed below, unfortunately you can’t currently participate in this course. But please tell your college about it, because we will be expanding to new colleges if there’s 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]
If you're interested in taking environmental action outside of these areas, or if you aren't a college student, then we have other options for you.
You can join the Friends of the Earth Youth Network which is open to young people aged 16-25 living in England, Wales or Norther Ireland who are committed to creating an inclusive environmental movement. Email [email protected] to find out more and how to get involved.
My World My Home is kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK, which aims to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK.