YOUNG PEOPLE TRAVELING THE WORLD AND WORKING TOGETHER TO START THEIR CAREER AS CLIMATE LEADERS
One trip around the world to learn more about climate change in theory, understand it in practice, and work on hands-on projects with other young people.
Climate change is something too big, complex and out of our daily lives' concerns. To really understand it, one must see and feel it for oneself. Therefore, to build the next generation of climate leaders, we are designing a unique experience.
Our main goal is to empower a diverse group of young leaders from all over the world with leadership and entrepreneurial skills to be used right now to address climate change.
A 40-day itinerary exploring two countries: France and Kenya.
The immersion will combine professional development activities (group project and visits to key organizations), cultural events and individual coaching.
40 DAYS / 2 COUNTRIES
First, we will start in Paris, France, which is a strategic place due to its importance for climate governance. Participants will have an induction week there, in which they will get to know each other, learn more about the program, and have lectures with key actors in climate international policy.
From Paris, we will go to Kenya to start the immersion part of the program. Kenya was chosen due to its assets on sustainable development cooperation, as it hosts several international agencies (e.g. United Nations Environmental Programme) and its importance as a key regional player in Africa.
LEARN FROM PRACTICE
Participants will join the program to learn more about climate change and experience it in different countries, but also to get professional experience in the field.
During the immersion phase, they will thus work as part-time volunteers on a real consultancy, taking advantage of the diverse background of YCLs.
They will also document their overall experience with videos and bi-weekly blog posts.
We believe that YCLs experiences will also inspire other people from all over the world, sensitizing them about the importance of tackling climate change and change their own behaviors.
Participants will attend lectures about climate science, international cooperation, climate finance and other topics. They will be able to choose among preselected free online courses (e.g. Professor Jeffrey Sachs' Age of Sustainable Development), which will be taken with additional guidance from the YCL Team.
Other skill-based courses, such as Theory U, active listening and creative writing, will also be available.
INDIVIDUAL & COLLECTIVE COACHING
Individual and collective coaching will help YCLs to discover more about themselves and how to put their knowledge in service of others.
Participants will attend intensive courses on leadership, psychology and other issues. At the same time, they will work with mentors to set up their life and
career goals, leaving the immersion
with a clear action plan.
The YCL team will also connect them with key organizations and contacts, following up their professional development over time.
JOIN AN EXCLUSIVE NETWORK
All participants will join an exclusive network of YCL alumni, a community of practice with members from different countries and diverse experiences working on climate change.
We will also invite mentors and partner organizations to join the network, who will help us by sharing job opportunities and advising community members.
The Field Placement will be assigned with a partner organization, enabling participants to increase their work experience on climate change and use skills acquired during the immersion. Participants stay up to 3 months with their hosts, from September to November. There will be several options of organizations and thematic areas, and we plan to have most of opportunities based in Africa this year to take advantage of the lessons learned in Kenya.
DELEGATION TO COP24
Another opportunity available to YCLs will be to join our Delegation to COP 24, in Poland, around 3-14 December. We will help participants with accreditation and accommodation arrangements, preparatory webinars and daily check-ins during the Conference. We hope to partner with a country delegation, linking participants with diplomats and organizations needing assistance during the Conference.
SAHLIM CHARLES BRIEF
Field Coordinator - Kenya
Sahlim Charles is a communication expert with over 5 years’ experience. He has worked in both private sector and development field. He is the Founding Director of Operations for The CARROT Co., a Pan-African research, mobilization and campaign company based in Nairobi. Charles has extensively worked with grassroot organizations, youth-led initiatives and is a mentor, filmmaker and social media expert.
Field Coordinator - Kenya
David has Diploma in Community Development and Social work
from Diakonia Institute and has training in community organizing. He currently works as Kijani Forest for Change’s Community
Relations Manager, and he is also the Program Coordinator for Plant-for-the-Planet in Kenya. David is a passionate activist for social justice, climate change and wellbeing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors’ of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Nairobi.
Field Coordinator - Paris
Gael Moraes has a Masters degree in International Security from Sciences Po and is a Masters student at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, focusing in Finance and Development.
Reverte's co-founder, Rodrigo has more than 20 years of experience in marketing in large agencies and as a consultant. Illustrator, art director and creation director, he is always looking for the best ways to support good causes with his communication skills, using new models to achieve different results.
Coaching and Curriculum Development
Cesar is the co-founder of Core, a social enterprise focused in bridging the gap in multi-stakeholder collaboration processes in pressing subjects such as Education, Social Inclusion and Climate Change. As an educator and social innovation consultant, he teaches a variety of subjects such as dialogue, nonviolent communication, Theory U and Group Facilitation.
Coaching and Curriculum Development
Eduardo is a facilitator, political activist and writer, and holds a Master's degree in Reflexive Social Practice from the London Metropolitan University. He is an expert in facilitation of multi-stakeholder decision-making processes and formation of new leaderships, and is currently working on his second book, "The Void in Power - Reinventing the Political Being”.
BE A PARTICIPANT
BE A PARTNER
As a Professional Development partner:
Field Placements: Opportunity for organizations (nonprofits, companies, startups, international organizations, etc.) that want to receive YCL participants (ideally two or more) to work for up to 3 months on a climate change project of their own
Employment opportunities: we will send a tailored list with recommended candidates from our network of YCL partners, participants and alumni
As a donor:
Donate for the project, for scholarships or for our COP 24 Delegation
YCL has launched a new course in Sao Paulo, Brazil! The course will take place from September 28 to November 8. The main focus will be on building leadership skills to work on climate change, and participants can also enroll in an optional immersion on agroecology that will be held in Indonesia afterwards.
The Course's fee includes:
Accommodation and meals for 2 weekend immersions
Access to the YCL Network
3-week Field Placement in Indonesia
Coaching hours with facilitators
COP 24 Delegation
BRL 2,500 - In person
BRL 1,500 - Online
*If paying the full price is not possible for you and a scholarship is needed, please apply and indicate this on your registration form
Deadline: SEPTEMBER 08
- Click here for more information (Portuguese)
SOCIAL IMPACT & MITIGATION OF EMISSIONS
Participants will be in contact with real-life challenges imposed by climate change, counting with our support to design innovative solutions for both mitigation and adaptation problems.
Because it is a program that involves a lot of travels and participants from different countries, the carbon footprint from transportation emissions is a concern of this project. To offset it, at the end of the program we are going to calculate the carbon emissions of its activities and compensate it by planting trees in partnership with Plant-for-the-Planet, an international Foundation that organizes tree plantings led by children and young people around the world.
Additionally, we are going to provide only vegetarian meals in our events and, whenever possible, use bicycles to commute to work and to some visits. In that way, we will not only promote sustainable transportation and meals, but also invite YCLs to “walk the talk”.