Almost 80 students from Oberon HS, Bellarine SC, Mt Rowan SC, Geelong HS, and North Geelong SC attended Young Change Agents’ ‘Bushfire Resilience’ workshop on the 14th of July.
Hosted by Geelong Tech School, Young Change Agents and Telstra collaborated to guide students in crafting innovative, high-impact designs to assist communities facing or recovering from bushfires. Student designs included digital early warning networks, community housing plans, wildlife and livestock safe spaces, and disability disaster support apps.
A panel consisting of representatives from Parks Victoria, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, Leva Consulting, and Fire Rescue Victoria gave overwhelmingly positive and constructive feedback to student designs.
Students were given avenues to pursue their design further if they wished, and commented that the program validated their ideas and promoted youth change agency in their communities.