Youth Solutions Program

Youth Solutions 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

Mayra Bravo

Project Lead

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Solutions Program

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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

Applications open annually in June.

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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!

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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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SDSN Youth launches The Climate Change Guidebook: Decade of Action

How can we as youth participate in the climate policy dialogue? We at SDSN Youth have got you covered! Join us on November 27 for the launch of our Climate Change Guidebook, and discuss climate action and the outcomes of the COP!

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Global Director Brighton Kaoma to deliver keynote address at the University Global Coalition Annual Gathering 2021

How can we build connections and action for the SDGs? Join our Global Director Brighton and more to discuss at the 2021 UGC Annual Gathering!

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Global Director Brighton Kaoma to speak at the World Humanitarian Forum 2021

Humanitarianism is more than just humanitarian aid. Join our Global Director Brighton to discuss how state, non-state and private actors can solve the challenges we seek to address in humanitarian aid and development.

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Celebrating youth-led climate solutions at the #YouthLead Innovation Festival

This International Youth Day, we join the UN Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth in highlighting young people innovating for a more sustainable world!

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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.

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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

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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GOALs Live! with SDG Talks Podcast Hosts

Tune-in to learn how to communicate sustainable development to a global audience!

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GOALs Live! Strategies for Peacebuilding

With Luca Bucken and Victoria Ibiwoye (chaired by Ezra Yego)


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GOALS Live! With Dr. Lisa Dale

We are Live on GOALs with Dr. Lisa Dale!

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Vatican Youth Symposium 2016

On 30-31 October 2016, SDSN Youth assembled young leaders from a variety of disciplines including tech, advocacy, research and policy to the Vatican for a series of interactive workshops to trade knowledge, co-generate ideas and operationalize solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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SDSN Youth Webinar: Youth and Sustainable Development

Former Global Coordinator, Sam Loni interviews Prof. Jeffrey Sachs on the role of youth in sustainable development.

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Meet Our Leaders: The Importance of Addressing Inequality And How To Avoid Political And Social Unrest

SDSN Youth's Muriam Fancy interviews Prof. Joshua Castellino on the importance of addressing inequality and how to avoid political and social unrest

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MY World México Webinar: The role of young people in the implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda

Former Global Coordinator of SDSN Youth, Sam Loni is interviewed by Karol Arámbula.

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Meet our Leaders: Youth In the Climate Movement

SDSN Youth's Sam Loni interviews Patricia Espinosa (Executive Director of UN Climate Change) on the role of youth in climate action.

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SDSN Youth Live! Webinar with Sir Robert Watson

On May 29, SDSN Youth is hosting a LIVE webinar with Sir Robert Watson, former Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), about climate change and biodiversity.

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High Level Webinar on Youth and Sustainable Development in Africa On the International Youth Day 2020 “Youth Engagement for Global Action”

The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is contributing towards the agenda 2030, 2063 and beyond, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

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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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