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Calling all budding young journalists!

The Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is an international competition which offers young people aged between 11-25 the opportunity to investigate environmental issues and problems and propose solutions through investigative reporting, photographic or video/film journalism.

Join us for a virtual workshop on how to partake in YRE:

Tuesday 13th October: 16.00 – 16.45
Monday 19th October: 16.00 – 16.45

In the 2020-21 academic year, YRE in Wales will focus again on ‘Reducing Plastic Waste’. Plastic waste is a huge problem in Wales and we all need to understand the effect it has on the environment and what we can all do to reduce this waste. Students from schools, colleges and youth organisations in Wales will take part in the YRE Litter Less campaign and produce a journalistic piece about the increasingly important environmental issue of plastic waste.   This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an international competition raising awareness of the plastic waste problem and teaching new skills that tie in with many parts of the curriculum.

Benefits of taking part in YRE Litter Less:

  • Lesson plans to teach around the topic as well as journalist skill based lesson plans
  • Opportunity to attend the national winner’s workshop if your organisation wins one of the categories
  • Opportunity to collaborate with an international ‘sister’ school to disseminate good practice
  • Teaches young people to find solutions to issues and to make positive choices
  • Empowers young people to use their voice to change their environment and the attitude and behaviours of others
  • Increases student knowledge in preventing and managing waste
  • Prizes!!!

Examples of last year’s winners in the video category can be seen here: . We’ve also just received the brilliant news that two Welsh entries have won in the international competition:

West Park Primary, Porthcawl First prize in Litter Less Article 11-14 category

Ysgol Clywedog, Wrexham First prize in International Collaboration Film 15-18 category

An exciting opportunity from Newport County AFC

We at Newport County AFC are trying to keep young people and families connected to their community. We do that through a number of initiatives. We offer Clwb Spytty and Teen Exiles memberships. Clwb Spytty is aimed at 0-11 year olds and Teen Exiles 12-16 year olds. 

To join Teen Exiles or Clwb Spytty click here.

We appreciate that sometimes friendships are not always easy to make for young people, that they enjoy sport as an outlet for many emotions as well as keeping fit, active and for their emotional wellbeing.

Throughout lockdown we have been in regular contact with our young members and their families to also offer help and support, as well as activity packs that they can complete at home and updates from the club to help to keep them connected. We encourage friendship and kindness, and during last season it was truly wonderful to see some very shy young people turn into resilient and confident young people and we are looking to still build on that in the coming season. We have also been able to signpost some of our young supporters to external agencies such as Kidscape as they were concerned about the transition to high school and also for help with bullying. We have also been able to signpost to JDRF, which is a juvenile type 1 diabetes charity for help and support.

The way we do this is by offering a membership to young people, which will give them a lot of opportunities throughout the season to participate in money can't buy opportunities (Covid allowing) as well as that external friendship group. We also engage young people in awareness sessions such as Show Racism the Red Card, World Mental Health Day, Alzheimers Awareness, Anti Bullying Week to name a few, and work together with a number of charities to provide resources and match day engagement around these topics. That may look a little different this season, but the messages will still be going out to our young members. All of our staff and volunteers that engage with young people are DBS checked and also have a safeguarding qualification. 

We know that it will take some time for young people to settle back in to their day to day routine and that many of their external activities will still remain unavailable to them during Covid restrictions, so we would love to be able to offer this membership to your pupils so they also have something to look forward to and be a part of externally.