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.
The immersion will combine professional development activities (group project and visits to key organizations), cultural events and individual coaching.
To build the next generation of climate leaders, we are designing a unique experience: 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.
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. Therefore they will work as part-time volunteers on a group project assigned by a local organization.
Participants will attend lectures about climate science, international cooperation, climate finance and other topics. Other skill-based courses, such as Theory U, active listening and creative writing, will also be available.
Individual and collective coaching will help YCLs to discover more about themselves and how to put their knowledge in service of others. 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.
All participants will join an exclusive network of YCL alumni, a community of practice with members from different countries. The network also offers unique vacancies and opportunities for professional exchange with partner organizations worldwide.
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. There will be several options of organizations and thematic areas.
DELEGATION TO COP
Another opportunity available to YCLs will be to join our Delegation to COP
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
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
Access to the YCL Network
Field Placement in Indonesia
Coaching hours with facilitators
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”.