WHAT IS YOUTH LEADING THE WORLD?
Imagine thousands of young people coming together across the planet, to learn about global sustainability challenges such as energy, food, climate change, biodiversity and water and plan together how they can LEAD POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE. YOUth LEADing the World (YLTW) is an annual program of activities, that begins with an energising 3-day youth leadership congress conducted simultaneously in multiple interconnected locations. Through YLTW young people become:
- INFORMED: about global challenges, SDGs and sustainable living.
- INNOVATORS: developing their own action plans for positive social change.
- INTERCONNECTED: with change-makers locally and globally.
In 2018 multiple interconnected YLTW Congresses will run simultaneously around the world 23-30 November.
OzGREEN trains local people to run YLTW in their own region. Through YLTW we are openly sharing the skills and experience OzGREEN has gained over 25 years of delivering recognised excellence in transformative sustainability leadership and social innovation for community driven change.
YLTW FACILITATOR TRAINING
Youth Leading the World (YLTW) trains and supports local people to run the program in their own region. A two-day Facilitator Training Course can be attended in person, or online for interstate and international participants. The course teaches all the skills and techniques to prepare people for organising a congress.
Once the training is complete, Facilitators organise and promote their own local YLTW Congress to attract youth aged 12 - 25 years. The Congress is run over three days and OzGREEN is available to support you as much or as little you choose.
YLTW Facilitator Training strengthens 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. To date we have trained over 970 Facilitators.
YLTW CONGRESS PROGRAM
The YLTW Congress is a highly participatory program.
Day 1: Global Challenges: Eco footprint; Pulse of the Planet (local and 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 and local 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.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND?
- The congress promotes an understanding of climate change and sustainability;
- Develops motivation, confidence and community leadership;
- Supports local partnerships among council, schools and local business;
- Fosters connections with change-makers locally and globally.