Improve your skills to boost your career in climate change

We select and train young talents through hands-on international immersions and local courses. Participants witness first-hand the impacts of climate change and improve their technical and leadership skills working together. They also have mentorship sessions to leave our programs with a clear action plan to start or boost their careers. From days to weeks, national or international: we have offerings tailored to different needs.

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. Since then, we have already trained 120 young people from 20 countries and 4 continents.

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Below you can learn more about our history and past learning journeys. 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?

International Immersions

To build the next generation of climate leaders, we created a unique experience: one multicultural immersion to learn more about climate change in theory, understand it in practice, and work on hands-on projects with other young people.


During program, participants will work part-time on a common group project and attend lectures and field visits about climate science, international cooperation, climate finance and other topics in which YCLs must excel. 

YCL Brazil Course

The course “YCL Brazil – Leadership for the 21st Century” advocates that individual and collective transformations should go together. In this context, a new kind of education should develop skills that combine theory and practice. The initiative is our flagship program for Brazil, directly aligned with the experiences and opportunities offered by our Global Network.


During the course, participants count with individual mentorship, supporting their transition to climate careers. The course takes place in Sao Paulo, but is also broadcasted to other states. Our plan is to offer the YCL Brazil course every semester, with in-person activities happening in our YCL Hubs. 


Attending events related to the field of climate change is crucial to build the connections you need to take your career to the next level. As part of the YCL Network, our members and partners can join our Delegations to high-level events worldwide.

Read further about our latest delegations:

YCL 2018 Delegation to COP 24 | Katowice, Poland

YCL 2019 Delegation to UN Climate Summit  | New York, USA

YCL Delegation to C40 World Mayors Summit | Copenhagen, Denmark

YCL 2019 Delegation to COP 25 | Madrid, Spain

See the testimony from one of our Alumni, Karima El Azhary, about her experience in one of our learning journeys:  

By attending one of our learning journeys, you become part of the YCL Network

We are a global youth leadership network catalyzing climate careers.

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