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Youth Climate Leaders, Young People Traveling the World & Working Together to Start Their Career as Climate Leaders

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    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. 

    PART 1


    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.



    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.

    Multicultural Trip
    Group Projects


    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.

    Academic Curriculum


    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 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.

    The YCL 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. 

    PART 2


    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.

    PART 3


    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.

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