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DATE - March 29, 2020

Welcome to this special edition of the YRE Newsletter,

We are all impacted by the evolving Covid-19 global health crisis and we understand the uncertainty and anxiety that everyone, including schools, teachers, students and parents, are feeling at the moment. However, this is also a time to reflect and be creative. How do we remain committed to protecting the environment and communicating about important environmental issues? And how do we stay positive - even when we are in lock-down?
These are some of the questions that led us to create the #YREstayshome campaign. It will serve as inspiration for activities that YRE students can do at home and give different opportunities for gaining new knowledge and connecting with others online. We'll work hard to make this campaign a positive inspiration worldwide and we hope you'll join the efforts. 

Stay home and stay safe, and please follow all advice and regulations from your local and national health authorities.

YRE International Team
Launch of #YREstayshome Campaign

Stay Home, but stay Active!

This is the challenge that YRE International is launching to prove that you, as a student, can still be an ambassador of the environment and influence your community while being at home. Indeed, YRE students from all around the world show solidarity by staying inside to avoid the spread of COVID-19, but FEE and the YRE programme also want to transform this unusual time into an opportunity for you to keep investigating environmental topics and to have a little fun! 

Every week, we will be sharing ideas on how you can still be involved in the YRE programme and gain new skills, raise awareness and investigate environmental issues from home. You will be able to participate in a variety of activities - from webinars to short video challenges - together with students from all around the world. We hope you'll share your positive stories! 
Participate in the challenges and win prizes!
Weekly challenges will be published on different social media platforms of YRE International, e.g. Facebook and Instagram. Choose a challenge you want to participate in and respond to it by making one or more posts on social media. You can write and publish in English or in your national language, but don’t forget to tag YRE International and your national YRE organisation, so we can share your stories! 
For longer articles, photo stories and videos, YRE students can publish these globally on YRE Hub in English. Please contact your National Operator to access the platform.

Challenges are open to any young person willing to participate! 
Special Competition for #YREstayshome

Your work in the YRE challenges has the chance of being rewarded with special prizes! Remember that your contribution can be anything from a short funny video about your life at home to a well-researched scientific article. Stories from the five following categories can be nominated to participate in this special competition:

  • Written story
  • Single photo (with or without a caption)
  • Short video (max. 1 minute)
  • Most active participant (the participant should make min. 3 different posts/stories)
  • Special category (open for any other type of action, e.g. podcast, vlog, etc.

Nominating YRE participants and stories
YRE National Operators from each country are allowed to nominate one participant/story for each of the five categories that they believe is the very best contribution to the #YREstayshome campaign. There are very few criteria to be followed. The nominated stories must simply:

  • be in English (or translated into English)
  • have been published either on YRE Hub and/or on social media using the hashtag #YREstayshome
  • highlight a topic within sustainable development
  • fit into one of the five categories above

As always, we encourage the stories to be constructive, creative and hopeful! The deadline for submitting nominees will be announced later depending on the Covid-19 situation.

Finding the winners:
All the nominees will be presented to the YRE National Operators who will give points to the ones they believe are the best. To ensure fairness, they are not allowed to vote for stories from their own countries.

The winners of each of the five categories of the #YREstayshome challenge will receive diplomas from YRE International and small financial prizes

Online Meetings and Webinars
This is also a time to get together online and remain connected despite the physical distance. From Monday 30 April, online meetings will be held for students, teachers, coordinators, and anyone in the network of YRE, Eco-Schools and LEAF. This is an opportunity to exchange experiences, share thoughts, and to develop connections between countries.

If you are interested in participating in these meetings, please contact your National Operator.

And proving once again that “Once YRE, forever YRE”, alumni from the programme have already offered to run webinars and presentations to keep students engaged and help them develop specific skills to become better reporters and youth leaders. The first one in the series will be about photography!

Click here for more detailed information about upcoming webinars.
Webinar: Stay Home Photography 
1st of April, 15:00 CEST

YRE Alumnus Vinh Le from Canada will conduct a webinar about photography for students, including tips on how to take a good photo inside.
"I am the Creative Director & Partner at Level Studio Inc., an Interior Design firm in Toronto. I can proudly say that I am a creative designer who wears multiple hats having a keen interest and passion for interior design, urban planning and creating environmentally friendly spaces."
Publish your story on YRE HUB
YRE Hub is an open space for YRE Students and Alumni to share their inspiring stories and showcase their work within the fields of sustainability and environment. It is also a place to find inspiration, express opinions, and connect with others.

Stories connected to the #YREstayshome challenges can be uploaded to YRE Hub and easily shared across social media. 

Contact your YRE National Operator to get access to the platform.