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?