The Environment Now

Project name: The Environment Now 

Lead organisation: National Youth Agency

Project partners: O2 Think Big

Project summary:

National Youth Agency in partnership with O2 Think Big are launching an exciting programme aimed at 17-24 year olds in the UK. The Environment Now provides young people with a grant for up to £10,000 to use digital technology to find innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues.

We are looking to offer grants to young people with unique ideas to help the environment, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, or recycling, and will offer mentoring, work experience and insight sessions with industry professionals to help bring their ideas to life.

We care about environmental issues, and feel that young people are the future decision makers for using digital technology to create solutions.

The Environment Now programme is funded by O2 and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund as part of the Our Bright Future programme.

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Project outcomes: 

  • 50 young people will have developed projects that address an environmental challenge through the development of a digital product or service
  • 100 sustainability students attended Hackathon sessions
  • 1500 young people participated in inspiration sessions
  • 8 Hackathon events run across four universities
  • 60 inspiration sessions delivered in regions across the UK
  • 50 young people will have received mentor support from O2/sustainable organisation employees
  • 50 young people will have attended Insight session with O2/sustainability organisations
  • 50 young people will have accessed at least one day work experience within O2/sustainability organisation
  • 165 young people will actively participate in the projects
  • 420 will collaborate with project activity
  • 10,500 people will be impacted by the project.

Primary counties working in: UK wide

Website: National Youth Agency

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