SDG Students Program

SDG Students Program

Global Program



A global network of student hubs of hubs of learning and engagement for the SDGs, as well as drivers of new solutions to local problems.

SDG Students Program


  • Many students want to contribute to global issues such as climate warming and poverty - but do not know how. They do not know enough about the topics, how to engage or act on them. The SDG Students Program are semi-virtual, semi-physical community hubs of learning and local action. These hubs educate university students about the SDGs, and train them into a supporters who will carry the importance of sustainability into their future work upon graduation.

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Our Impact

Hub Members
Hub Solutions

Meet the team

Theresa Yung

Project Lead


SDG Students Program


Passionate about global issues, but don't know where to begin?

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Hub Member

You don't have to memorize all the SDGs

You don't have to study environmental engineering or international relations to make a difference. Build your foundational knowledge in sustainable development by attending locally run workshops or our global webinars.

Meet other passionate young change makers!

Your campus' SDG Coordinator will teach you the basics. Meet and collaborate with like-minded peers in your campus Hub. Join our online network, and also meet our global community!

Focus on what matters to you

Sustainability is relevant to all parts of our lives. It may be the main focus of our work, but we also aim to connect our activities to your priorities as a student. Whether it be exploring green jobs, how to highlight sustainability skills, developing professional skills - we want this experience to be as rewarding as possible for you.

Hub Member

Are you a student leader looking for your next opportunity?

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SDG Coordinator

Strengthen your leadership skills

Learn and build essential professional and personal skills, whilst making a positive impact. Our SDG Coordinators are able to apply skills in stakeholder management, project management, leadership, partnerships, negotiation, marketing and impact assessment.

A life-long community

Community. Friends. People are constantly rated the number one reason why people love being a part of SDSN Youth. We're one team, working towards one goal, of achieving the 17 goals.

Leverage one of the largest SDG focused young organizations in the world

No need to reinvent the wheel. By joining our network, we'll provide the training and resources to set you up for success. Whether it be contacts to faculty, Dean, Vice-Chancellor, government or institutions - we got you.

SDG Coordinator

How to join  

There are two ways to join the SDG Students Program.

  1. Hub Member (learning and community)
  2. SDG Coordinator (leadership role, leading the Hub)

Hub Members

Hub Members join their campus community to learn about the SDGs and participate in group projects to apply their learning. Joining as a Hub Member is a great way to casually introduce yourself to sustainable development.

If you are looking for a more active role, each Hub also has 'Hub Leadership'. These are Hub Members who work closely with the SDG Coordinator to lead certain portfolios i.e. Workshops, Operations, Marketing, etc. Get in touch with your local SDG Coordinator for more detail.

Join a Hub via the SDG Students Program website.

SDG Coordinators

SDG Coordinators support SDSN Youth’s mandate by working in SDSN member universities around the world to mobilize students around the SDGs.

SDG Coordinators will work with local SDSN networks to ensure that all students in their university/campus are aware of the SDGs, understand their importance to the wider community, and have opportunities to take action towards their implementation during their studies, and after they graduate.

Commitment and Expectations

  • Commit 8-10 hours per week to the role
  • Commit to a 2-year term at their institution
  • Complete a 2 month online training course, before commencing their role under the SDG Students Program.  

Full application details will be out during active recruitment cycles (typically May).

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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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Latin American Solution to a Climate and Health Crisis

On March 27th, the SDG Students Program, an SDSN Youth initiative, hosted its first non-english event for students in Mexico and Latin America.

SDG Students Program

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

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Latin American Solution to a Climate and Health Crisis

Latin American Solution to a Climate and Health Crisis

On March 27th, the SDG Students Program, an SDSN Youth initiative, hosted its first non-english event for students in Mexico and Latin America.

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Climate Justice as Health Equity - Regional Seminar with Young Professionals

Climate Justice as Health Equity - Regional Seminar with Young Professionals

On April 2nd, our student network joined six young health advocates for an interactive discussion on the intersectionality of climate justice and health equity.

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GOALs Live! Social Media for Activism

GOALs Live! Social Media for Activism

LIVE NOW: How can we leverage digital and social media for activism, action, and sustainable development?

Join our conversation with Michael Morgan to discuss!

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VYS 2017: Young leaders gather in Vatican City to tackle the world’s biggest challenges

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