ABOUT YCL

 

YCL was created to tackle the two main threats against Youth's future: structural unemployment and the climate crisis.


Even though more than half of the world’s population is below 30, youth worldwide disproportionately face the highest rates of unemployment and underemployment. Currently, youth are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, while they are positioned to inherit the externalities effects of the climate crisis.

On the other side, organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the climate crisis, but those at the forefront are struggling to hire the young talent that will bring the fresh perspectives and resources needed to boost their climate projects. Therefore, YCL was created to bridge this gap and support youth to find jobs and opportunities aligned with their purpose, and organizations to hire young talents who are willing to dedicate their lives to finding solutions to the climate crisis.

Our comprehensive approach equips young leaders through immersive training and professional field placements within the climate economy. Accelerating capacities while facilitating connections between climate practitioners, experts, and leaders around the world. YCL is tackling youth unemployment while increasing the number of skilled climate professionals capable of solving one of humanity’s most pressing challenges.

YCL was born global from its very first pilot. We launched it officially in January 2018, our website was ready in February, we opened applications to our first learning journey from March to end of April and, in only two months, we received 500 applications from 95 countries - a great debut which showed that there is a huge and global demand for our services. In one year and a half of existence, we have already trained 120 young people from 20 countries and 4 continents, reaching more than 1 million people through our social media only in the first semester of 2019.
 

Our team is spread out over 4 countries, often engaging in global events such as UN Climate Conferences (COPs), C40 World Mayors Summit, the UN General Assembly, COP 24 and the Paris Peace Forum. We thus believe that we have the expertise, skills, networks and passion needed to take our work to the next level, and we are now starting the implementation of an ambitious
scaling plan. Are you in?

IMPACT GOAL (2030):
EMPOWER 1M YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD CLIMATE PROJECTS
AS PART OF A GLOBAL NETWORK

THE SDGS YCL IS TACKLING

SDG 4:

QUALITY EDUCATION

We develop innovative experiential learning programming, demonstrating the many ways to teach a complex topic such as climate change to a wider audience while promoting lifelong learning. Instead of teaching theory and trying to apply it in reality, we expose our program participants to real-life challenges and teach them the tools and topics that arise while they collectively solve the challenges.

 

Our encompassing experiential education programs combine hands-on learning, cultural exchange, and mentoring, with professional field placements and access to a global network and climate innovation hubs. 

SDG 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

We tackle youth unemployment in an innovative way by building bridges between young talents and organizations from different sectors.

 

By doing so, we also increase the number of skilled professionals working as a network to solve one of this century’s most pressing challenges.

 

Moreover, with the extended support of our network of partners, including Columbia University and Impact Hub, our YCL Fellows can launch their own initiatives and employ other young people.

SDG 13: CLIMATE ACTION

We are training young leaders who will dedicate their lives to solve the climate crisis. We want to shift the image of young people as "leaders of the future" to the leaders of today.

 

By engaging them in YCL's learning journey, we expect to raise their awareness and help them to go from theory to action, to "walk the talk".

 

Through our network, they will be able to join forces and leverage their impact in the following years, ensuring that their local efforts be part of a larger global movement. 

MEET THE YCL TEAM