YCL was created to tackle the two main threats against a Youth's future: high systemic 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 shoulder the greatest burden — inheriting the ever expanding list of effects from 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 the start. Officially launched in January 2018, our website was ready in February, we opened applications for our first learning journey in March, and by May we had received more than 500 applications from 95 countries. To date we have trained more than 200 young people from 20 countries and reached millions through our social channels -- more than 1 million people in the first semester of 2019 alone.

Our team is spread out over 5 countries, often engaging in global events such as UN Climate Conferences (COPs), C40 World Mayors Summit, the UN General Assembly, and the Paris Peace Forum. We believe that we have the expertise, skills, networks and passion needed to take our work to the next level, and we are kickstarting the implementation of an ambitious scaling plan. Are you in?

PURPOSE STATEMENT 

MAXIMIZE THE CAPACITY OF GLOBAL YOUTH TO LEAD TOGETHER ON SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS

ABOUT YCL

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

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YCL AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Instead of teaching theory and trying to apply it in reality, we expose our program participants to real-life challenges and equip them with the tools and skillsets needed to navigate new realities... raising their awareness while helping them "walk the talk". With mentoring, intercultural exposure and cooperative field work young leaders leave a YCL experiential learning journey with a profound and practical understanding of the climate crisis and how they can devote their Monday through Friday to collectively solving the challenges of the climate crisis.

We tackle youth unemployment by building bridges between young talents and organizations across sectors of the evolving climate economy. We do this by engaging both through field placements, trainings, consulting, international events & local actions all multiplied through our Global Network, a platform designed to accelerate the capacities of skilled young professionals to realize youth not as the "leaders of the future" but rather the leaders of today.

Through our YCL Global Network we are connecting youth climate leaders with climate experts, practitioners and policymakers so they are able to join forces and leverage resources to ensure that their local impacts are a part of a larger global movement. Catalyzing efforts of those who are committed to solving the climate crisis. 

 

MEET THE YCL TEAM

We are a global youth leadership network catalyzing climate careers and actions

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