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YOUth LEADing the World : Bellingen Congress

Imagine thousands of young people coming together across the planet, to tackle global sustainability challenges such as energy, food, climate change, biodiversity and water and plan together how they can LEAD POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE.

YOUth LEADing the World (YLTW) is an energising youth leadership congress conducted in multiple interconnected locations.

Through YLTW young people become:

INFORMED: about global challenges, SDGs and sustainable living.
INNOVATORS: develop action plans for positive social change.
INTERCONNECTED: with change-makers locally and globally.

Multiple interconnected YLTW Congresses will run simultaneously around the world in November. OzGREEN trains local people to run YLTW in their own region – to date we have trained 970 Facilitators globally.

Come and be a part of Youth Leading the World in Bellingen on November 8th and 9th. The Bellingen YLTW Congress will include a focus on Bellinger River health, including analysis of data from the first year of Bellingen Riverwatch. YLTW is an OzGREEN initiative. The Bellingen program is supported by Office of Environment and Heritage and Bellingen Shire Council.

We have trained local facilitators, including Year 10 students from Bellingen High School, who will be leading the congress.

The Bellingen Congress is going to be held from 9am-3pm on November 8th and 9th at the Stockton Hall at Bellingen High School.


Global Challenges:
Eco footprint; Pulse of the Planet (local and global sustainability challenges – climate change, water, energy, food, biodiversity); youth prioritising their concerns (local and global); creating a vision for sustainable future;

Be the Change:
Creating change brainstorm; one planet living plan; social innovation for sustainability; sharing ideas with other YLTW locations; inspiring change stories; what can you see yourself doing? – action planning to achieve sustainability vision;

Begin it Now:
Youth-led Community Forum for government and local businesses, parents, teachers, principals and the public – designed and run by youth to seek opportunities for collaboration and support for their action plans.

Ongoing mentoring – Local YLTW Facilitators provide regular support as youth implement their action plans.

The YLTW Congress is a highly participatory program and is brings together young people (from Year 5s to 25 y.o.), both in groups from their school, organisation, or individually. With school groups attending, we suggest a team of up to 10 students from Year 5 or beyond.

Please contact Sue Lennox on with any questions and RSVP at


Thursday November 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Friday November 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
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Bellingen High School
1125 Waterfall Way,
Bellingen, NSW 2454 Australia
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