Local Pathways Fellowship

Local Pathways Fellowship

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The Local Pathways Fellowship is a 10-month training program, where young innovators analyse the local context of their cities, to then develop concepts for a project to implement.

Local Pathways Fellowship

Overview

  • Cities account for 3% of the world’s land, but account for ¾ of energy consumption and ~75% of carbon emissions. There is an increasing need to build more sustainable cities and communities.

    The Local Pathways Fellowship is a 10-month training program that provides young urban innovators with the tools to design and implement programs that champion local pathways to sustainable development.  

    Fellows graduate the program with the skills and knowledge to work together with local authorities in planning, building and maintaining cities that are sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

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Our Impact

112
Cities
356
Total Fellows

Meet the team

Ana Ynestrillas

Project Lead

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Lead urban change. Help us build the cities of the future

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Cities are critical to shaping a sustainable future

By 2050 almost 70% of global population will live in urban areas. This means that the success of the Sustainable Development Goals will depend on our ability to transform the cities we live in.

We're looking for stubborn urban optimists

SDG 11 is your heart and soul. You're committed to the cause and ready to start. We'll guide you through this 10-month journey, but you'll take ownership of your impact.

The journey doesn't end at the Fellowship

Our goal is not only to help you launch an urban solution for your city, but to accelerate your journey in the urban development space. Fellows benefit from global visibility and exposure as champions for sustainable development.

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How to join  

The Local Pathways Fellowship seeks to provide young leaders with a platform, a guiding framework for action, and connect them with leading development experts and practitioners:

  • Guide and inform their work around their existing and future projects, and help them develop insights about local sustainable development challenges;
  • Provide them with a framework for engagement with local stakeholders;
  • Facilitate mutual learning and exchange of urban solutions;
  • Support them in becoming local advocates that promote and advocate for dialogue and problem solving for sustainable development.

The fellows will take on a 10-month journey throughout which they will explore pathways for "localizing" the globally adopted goals and targets, exchange knowledge and ideas, and work to engage local stakeholders in a dialogue around pathways towards a better future for their fellow citizens.

The Local Pathways Fellowship is unpaid. The fellows will benefit from global visibility and exposure as champions for sustainable urban development, numerous opportunities to develop their expertise, as well as access to a vast network of SDG professionals and advocates.

Read more about the Fellowship on the website.

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Your questions about the Youth Membership Program, answered

  • How does the SDSN Youth Executive Team select the member organizations?

    The selection process consists of a criteria list:

    • Youth-led / youth-focused / SDGs
    • A social media platform / established community 
    • Organizational structure / organizational body / team-led structure / designated roles
    • Existing strategic partners/ collaborators
    • Activity and current projects

    Who does the SDSN Youth Membership Program work with?

    Universities, academic and cultural institutions, university teams, student associations, youth-led organizations, research institutions, community initiatives, and digital platforms. 

    What are the benefits of joining the Youth Membership Program?

    • Receive support for promising projects, through research assistance and other means
    • Reach a global audience
    • Get your opinions, campaigns, and initiatives published on our social media, blog, and newsletter, which are distributed to our members and followers worldwide
    • Be recognized as an official Member Organization of SDSN Youth
    • Network with like-minded organizations and individuals
    • Tap into your own potential to optimize your efforts and contribute towards a more sustainable and equal world

    What are some of the opportunities Member Organizations have as part of the program?

    • Attend quarterly conference calls held by Network Coordinators
    • Attend quarterly webinars with leading SDSN figures
    • Actively contribute to the SDSN Youth online platform for Member Organizations
    • Participate in local and global SDSN Youth events, projects, campaigns and initiatives
    • Promote SDSN Youth Membership through your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and mailing list
    • Share SDSN Youth's official logo (provided by SDSN Youth) on your website
    • Follow, like, and share SDSN Youth

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SDSN Youth announces the fifth cohort of Local Pathways Fellows

Meet the new cohort of Local Pathways Fellows from 80 different cities who are ready to drive sustainable urban development!

Our members come from different parts of Africa, the Americas, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

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SDSN Youth announces the fifth cohort of Local Pathways Fellows

SDSN Youth announces the fifth cohort of Local Pathways Fellows

Meet the new cohort of Local Pathways Fellows from 80 different cities who are ready to drive sustainable urban development!

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SDSN Youth opens the application period for its 2022 Local Pathways Fellowship

SDSN Youth opens the application period for its 2022 Local Pathways Fellowship

Want to deepen your knowledge about sustainable cities and urban development? Apply to become a Local Pathways Fellow!

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SDSN Youth appoints the fourth cohort of Local Pathways Fellows

SDSN Youth appoints the fourth cohort of Local Pathways Fellows

The Local Pathways Fellowship is one of the world's leading training and research programs for young urban leaders on Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. It offers the knowledge and resources needed to empower them to take local actions for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda in their cities. 

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