Youth Solutions Program

Youth Solutions Program

Global Program

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Solutions

Advancing SDG innovation, through an ecosystem that provides young innovators with access to experts, training, and exposure to opportunities.

Youth Solutions Program

Overview

  • Young people are extremely skilled and aware of the challenges of sustainable development - but still face many challenges of their own, in promoting their solutions: from lack of funding access, to mentoring and networks, to a shared narrative or SDG alignment. The Youth Solutions Program helps accelerate the growth of youth solutions through a digital ecosystem of experts and resources, to refine their pitches, secure funding, connect with experts and mentors, and find new partnerships to grow their SDG solutions.

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Our Impact

118
Countries
250
Total Innovators

Meet the team

Trisanki Saikia

Project Lead

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Solutions Program

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Ashish Gupta

Deputy Project Lead

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Solutions Program

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Jana Vrzel

Project Officer

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Marketing & Communication

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Ram Ramisetti

Project Officer

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Innovation Readiness Program

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Sandra Penzi

Project Officer

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Innovation Readiness Program

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Shravishtha Ajaykumar

Project Officer

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Youth Solutions Report

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Jesus Castillo Oropeza

Project Officer

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Youth Solutions Report

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Hemank Sindhu

Project Officer

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Data & Research

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Yuri Hung

Project Officer

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Data & Research

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Marvellous Makombe

Project Officer

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Partnership & Fundraising

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Maria Silva

Project Officer

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Alumni & Community Engagement

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Padmini Prasad

Project Officer

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Alumni & Community Engagement

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Nicole Radish

Project Officer

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Alumni & Community Engagement

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Helping you become investment-ready

Apply to become a
Innovator

You've got an innovative solution

You have an innovative solution that addresses one or more of the SDGs. You an early stage startup - have a protoype and actively testing with users or beneficiaries.

But need help on brand, operations, finance...

It's your first time building a business. Maybe your a Product person, a researcher, or just someone who wants to make change. The Investment Readiness Program is a structured 6 week program that guides you through building the founder's essential skillset to become investment ready.

We'll guide to you to the next step

Even if you finish the program, you can stay in our global community. Partner with other members or continue attending our skill-building workshops. Our goal is to get your business ready to join another accelerator or ready to approach investors.

Innovator

How to join  

Applications to be featured in the Report open in June. Selected applicants then go to join our 16 week Investment Readiness Program. The IRP is free and run completely online, more details can be found 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 opens the application for its first Innovation Readiness Program

Have an innovative idea or a sustainable solution for social and environmental impact? Apply to the Innovation Readiness Program!

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

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Explore our impact stories
SDSN Youth opens the application for its first Innovation Readiness Program

SDSN Youth opens the application for its first Innovation Readiness Program

Have an innovative idea or a sustainable solution for social and environmental impact? Apply to the Innovation Readiness Program!

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UNLEASH 2018: Power to the People

UNLEASH 2018: Power to the People

In Singapore, UNLEASH successfully convened 1000 change-makers to build solutions towards the SDGs. Teams pitched their solutions to experts, mentors, and peers and then showcased their answers to the public. Creating an ecosystem to support innovation will lead to scaling of implementable solutions that will critically address the global challenges around SDG 7 as showcased by UNLEASH 2018!

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Creating a global startup ecosystem

Creating a global startup ecosystem

“I realized that despite my impression of this space being only for high-level and political discussions, that the core of entrepreneurship and innovation is to disrupt the status quo, that we could help unlock the potential of millions of innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders around the world.

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2018 Vatican Youth Symposium

The 2018 Vatican Youth Symposium, which was jointly convened by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and SDSN Youth, brought together youth entrepreneurs, activists, and innovators for training in global development. The theme of the conference, which was Youth Leadership for Integral Human Development: Laudato Si’ and the Sustainable Development Goals, motivated participants to recommit themselves to partnerships for the 2030 Agenda and to their role as youth leaders for a brighter, better future.

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

Vatican City: On October 14-15, 2017 the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS), in collaboration with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and its Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth), will host the fourth edition of the Vatican Youth Symposium within the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Casina Pio in the Vatican City.

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