OzGREEN programs connect youth with communities to become leaders of innovative sustainable social change

Sue Lennox

  • YLTW Facilitator Training (Africa-Middle East-Europe)

    OzGREEN and IYPF (International Young Professionals Foundation) are teaming up to run a real-time live online Youth Leading the World Facilitator Training for the Middle East–Africa–Europe Region on 6-7-8 July 2018. The training will run 4pm-8pm each day (Sydney time).





    Participants will come together in multiple locations:

    • Istanbul, Turkey
    • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Berlin, Germany
    • Rabat, Morocco
    • Cape Town, South Africa
    • Kathmandu, Nepal

    We are training Facilitators to run YLTW Congresses in multiple interconnected locations around the world 23-30 November 2018. Through YLTW we are openly sharing the skills and experience OzGREEN has gained over 25 years of delivering recognized excellence in transformative sustainability leadership and social innovation for community driven change.

    Imagine thousands of young people coming together in their own local area, to tackle global sustainability challenges such as energy, food, climate, air, biodiversity and water and plan how they can LEAD POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE. YOUth LEADing the World (YLTW) is an initiative of OzGREEN, that begins with energising 3-day youth leadership congresses conducted simultaneously in multiple interconnected locations. Through YLTW young people become:

    • INFORMED: about global challenges, SDGs & sustainable living.
    • INNOVATORS: develop action plans for positive social change.
    • INTERCONNECTED: with change-makers locally and globally.


    OzGREEN trains people to run YLTW in their own region, strengthening capacity, sustainability, resilience and vibrancy of regional communities. Real-time live online training makes YLTW more accessible to international and remote communities. YLTW gives people solution-focused tools to tackle sustainability challenges, generate a vision and innovate action plans. Key focal areas in the training include global sustainability challenges, eco-footprint, participatory leadership, Strategic Questioning and deep listening, visioning, VIBRANT goals and action planning. The training is highly participatory, giving new facilitators the tools and confidence to run YLTW in their own region.  Since YLTW began in 2009, we have trained 970 Facilitators to run YLTW in their own region.


    The YLTW Congress is a highly participatory program:

    Day 1: Global Challenges: Eco footprint; Pulse of the Planet (local & global sustainability challenges - climate change, water, energy, food, biodiversity); youth prioritising their concerns (local and global); creating a vision for sustainable future;

    Day 2: Be the Change: Creating change brainstorm; one planet living plan; social innovation for sustainability; sharing ideas with other YLTW locations; inspiring change stories.What can you see yourself doing? - action planning to achieve sustainability vision;

    Day 3: Begin it Now: Youth-led Community Forum for government, businesses, parents, teachers, principals and the public - designed and run by youth to seek opportunities for collaboration and support for their action plans.

    Ongoing mentoring - Local YLTW Facilitators provide regular support as youth implement their action plans.


    YLTW Partners and Facilitators have gained significant recognition, including Victorian LGPro Award for Excellence in Sustainability, Victorian Young Achiever, ACT/NSW Young Achiever, Green Globe Awards and UNESCO Wenhui Award Finalists. Participants say the most significant outcomes are greatly increased:

    • understanding of climate change and sustainability (from 4/10 before to 9/10 after).
    • motivation, personal confidence and leadership capacity to tackle sustainability challenges locally and globally (from 3/10 before to 8/10 after)
    • interconnected - sense of being part of an active community of youth change-makers locally and globally (from 2/10 before to 9/10 after).


    For over 25 years OzGREEN has engaged, equipped & enabled hundreds of thousands of people to become leaders of positive social change. OzGREEN is an independent not-for-profit that operates nationally in Australia & overseas in South Asia, South-East Asia & Pacific, Latin America & East Timor. OzGREEN’s unique approach incorporates citizen science, sustainability education, participatory leadership and community development, enabling people to innovate sustainability solutions themselves. OzGREEN proven processes have been recognised by the Buckminster-Fuller Catalyst Program, Eureka Prize, Banksia Awards, UN Media Peace Awards, UNESCO Wenhui Award finalist 2016.


    Established in 2001 in Australia, the International Young Professionals Foundation has grown into a global community of over 14000 members from various professional fields. Our network is committed to youth-led sustainable development and has been awarded numerous awards. The IYPF is an organization with special consultative status to the United Nations, and a founding member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions. Under the #IYPF2030Strategy we aim to promote the model of sharing, sharing technology, knowledge and finance to empower bottom-up transformation in the world that we live in.

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    groug_p-picsfordonatepage.jpgWe need your help to extend our reach and equip more young people to become the change makers our environment needs. We have no doubt that these young people are going to have a positive impact on people, communities and the environment, as many of our existing leaders have.

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    If you would like to make even more of an impact you could also consider joining our regular givers’ program and become an 'OzGREEN Global Seeder'. You will be helping us to continue funding our vital Youth Leading the World Program (YLTW), so we can provide training for more young people and enable them to become advocates and change-makers for the environment. LEARN ABOUT GLOBAL SEEDERS HERE

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