CONNECTING YOUNG PEOPLE TO CATALYZE CLIMATE ACTION AND CAREERS
Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) catalyzes climate action by providing youth with training, networks and concrete opportunities to start their careers in the field of climate change.
Although they represent the largest percentage of the world’s population, youth continue to face great barriers to secure employment and economic security, while facing uncertain futures with mounting externalities from the climate crisis.
Therefore, YCL offers unique pathways to equip young people with the tools needed to engage in the climate economy. This includes immersive learning journeys, where participants develop an understanding of climate change in theory and in practice through hands-on work with climate solutions.
And a Global Network that facilitates connections between climate practitioners, experts, and young leaders to foster professional development opportunities and climate job placements around the world.
Are you ready to leave your comfort zone and see climate change through a different perspective?
After concluding their journey, participants can join an exclusive network of YCL alumni, a community of practice with members from different countries and diverse experiences working on climate change. The network also includes the YCL team, mentors and partner organizations, who share opportunities and knowledge with other members. Additionally, YCL alumni will be empowered to promote the program in their countries and lead YCL Hubs, acting as multipliers facilitating educational activities for other young people. Lasting connections with like-minded people from different backgrounds amplifies the learning experience of YCL Fellows, as well as their impact as a group.
AND YCL DELEGATIONS
Members of the YCL Network can apply to optional Field Placement assignments with our partner organizations, in which participants will have the opportunity to increase their work experience on climate change and use the skills acquired during our programs. Participants are supposed to stay up to 3 months with their host organizations, and we plan to offer this service all year long. There are several options of organizations and thematic areas, and we work hard to ensure a good fit for our members. Other opportunities available to YCL Fellows are attending global conferences, such as COP 24, in Poland, to which we brought a Delegation of 11 young people in 2018.