Engaging and Empowering Younger Generations

Over the years community energy organisations have been developing projects with schools. Volunteer hours have led to community-owned solar power on school buildings, cheaper electricity costs for schools and empowering younger generations through workshops. 

We have collated resources used by a variety of community energy organisations to engage younger generations and we want to share them widely so more community energy organisations can use them when working with young people.  Below are a list of links we have been sent by a variety of different community energy organisations, feel free so share and use them for engaging and empowering younger generations. 

Dorset Community Energy have developed educational resources to support schools with community-owned solar panel installations. 

Energy Heroes Programme have created materials and activities to empower young people to become teachers and leaders of energy conservation whilst developing a deep knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of Climate Change. 

The Midcounties Co-operative have developed a community energy presentation for primary schools to inform young children. 

361Energy's presentation for the Youth Community Energy Catalysts programme provides ideas for digestible ways to engage youth. 

If you have any resources you would like to share, please contact Community Energy England. 

Activities you can offer to younger generations to involve them with your community energy organisation: Ideas from the CEE team

  • Ask them to write newsletters
  • Board shadowing - boards tend involve people of a similar age. 
  • Helping organise energy efficiency cafes
  • Hosting skill-swaps with youth
  • Hosting events or joining forces with youth climate groups in your area 
  • Ask for social media and web support
  • Supporting/shadowing on governance or strategy meetings
  • Tour of the renewable technology or of the office
  • Hosting an event that introduces community energy for younger generations. 
  • Mentoring