Supporting kids in drought-affected areas

Dolly’s Dream supported UNICEF Australia, together with the New South Wales Government and the Primary Health Network, to host the first Youth Summit for young people living with drought.

Eighty-eight young people from 57 properties and 26 towns across New South Wales joined the Summit and between them, covered around 700,000 acres of land across the state.

At the Summit, these teens and young adults joined decision-makers to discuss the challenges they faced living with drought in New South Wales and how responses can be improved.

The Summit explored the ways decision-makers can best support children and young people to build resilience and become better prepared to reduce the negative impacts of ongoing and future drought.

It also presented an opportunity for young people living with drought to have a break from the land, work with their peers who are going through similar struggles, and had an opportunity to connect, engage and reflect.