Youth Ambassador Program 2021
Youth Ambassadors for 2021
Thomas Windsor became interested in ADSA through a hobby of casual astronomical observing in the dark skies of his home city, Hobart Tasmania. Outside of ADSA, Thomas is a fledgeling research scientist with a background in terrestrial ecology, chasing a career in glaciology with a particular focus on bio-signature detection in ice cores. The combination of working with nocturnal wildlife - tagging marine turtles with Pendoley Environmental, and trapping moths with his grandmother on long summer nights in the UK - allowed Thomas to see firsthand the ecological impacts of artificial light at night. This inspired the extra step of engaging with a team of capable, driven and optimistic people as an ADSA Youth Ambassador to solve a genuinely universal problem.
Gabby is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania, studying public perceptions of light pollution. She hopes that the findings from her research will help inform better decisions around outdoor artificial lighting. She is putting together an art exhibition with ADSA to raise awareness about light pollution in an engaging and easily accessible way. She is also a board member and social media coordinator for Dark Sky Tasmania, a non-profit organisation.
Kalycia is a Masters student at the University of Melbourne, completing her research thesis in human geography. Her interests lie within interdisciplinary and complex environmental and social issues, which address human relationships with nature. Utilising a combination of science and art, Kalycia's project with ADSA will illuminate how the disconnection from the natural world influences light pollution and its impacts - and more importantly, how this awareness could reduce light pollution in our lifetime.
Alexandra is a Wildlife and Conservation Biology student at Deakin University. She is a strong advocate for environmental protection as well as engaging youth and community groups with the environment. Through various roles at environmental non-profit organisations she has found a love of communicating science in meaningful ways to reach broader audiences. Alexandra discovered a passion for the night sky after experiences conducting wildlife research in game reserves and a chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa, where she experienced a landscape less affected by light pollution that she hopes to see closer to home. During her time at ADSA, Alexandra will aim to share the importance of combating light pollution for animals, people and the environment through social media and science communication.
Eloise is studying a Master of Environmental Engineering at the University of Melbourne. She is proud to be a woman in STEM and is currently the Events officer for the Melbourne University Environmental Engineers’ Society. Eloise is driven by her passion for sustainability and environmental protection. She hopes to have a career in this field, working towards combating and limiting environmental degradation. Eloise has always been intrigued by the dark sky; her curiosity is influenced by her family who shares an interest in astronomy. The work ADSA does is especially important to Eloise as it involves two of her passions, astronomy, and sustainability. Through her project, she hopes to provide an easily accessible platform to educate people about light pollution.
Who are the Youth Ambassadors?
Youth Ambassadors are just that: They are young, and inspired to make a change for the positive in the world.
Youth Ambassadors support our mission to inform communities about light pollution - the world’s fastest growing pollutant. It is harming fragile natural ecosystems, our human health, and it is inhibiting us from seeing the stars.
Youth Ambassadors are committed to empowering change - anyone can act on light pollution, with immediate and satisfying results!
Why join us?
Network - meet with like-minded students and young professionals. Together with the close-knit community of ADSA you can make a tangible impact on the environment around you.
Professional training - hone your science communication, leadership, teamwork, social media and public speaking skills (valued at $1200).
Give back - work within a recognised charity organisation.
Recognition - receive a Certificate of Attainment and a letter of reference.
Be creative - use your own skills and ideas to create a campaign unique to you.
Contribution - your participation in this program could contribute towards the community or volunteer-based scholarships and awards.
About the program
This 12-month ambassador program will consist of three stages:
Development: This will consist of five sessions conducted by professionals within the charity: learning about light pollution, astronomy, ecology and science communication. During these sessions, you will be paired with a mentor who will help you flesh out your project to make it a success.
Implementation: Using the skills and knowledge gained in the training, you will work with ADSA Board Members and volunteers. You will have twelve months to fulfil the project.
Celebration: After all your hard work comes the joy of success and that deserves a celebration.