GYLC is an international nonprofit that expands youth’s knowledge about climate science, builds their leadership skills, and engages them in climate action. We do this through a range of programs in climate vulnerable countries in the Global South.
GYLC helps bridge the information gap by educating the next generation on the science of climate change, to better understand the drivers of global warming and the levers by which each individual can affect change.
GYLC provides leadership training for youth to build the soft skills needed for both individual and collective action. We empower youth to make mindful and informed decisions about their own lives, ranging from diet to energy use and housing choices. At the same time, we support youth to build their skills and confidence to act collectively, through community mobilization and political action.
GYLC invests in youth as entrepreneurs of climate-conscious businesses and in careers in green jobs in the Global South. Using a well-established accelerator model, from 2024, GYLC will support young entrepreneurs who are tackling climate mitigation and adaptation through their businesses.
Young professional | Kampala, Uganda
Jonah Kirabo, a 2022 GYLC Youth Climate Champion from Uganda, has set a goal of planting 5 million trees by 2025 as part of his climate action initiative. The project has already completed a baseline survey, and nursery beds have been prepared and stocked with seedlings. Local partners have been identified to help implement the project, and the mobilization and sensitization phases have commenced. To increase awareness of the need for climate action and tree planting, a social media campaign has been launched, and plans are underway to engage an online community.
GYLC is built on the 15-year track record of the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) in providing adaptive leadership training to youth in the Global South and empowering youth to lead social change. We also bring experience of working with the private sector, co-creating curriculum and placing youth in jobs, and a track record of investing in youth-led businesses and running an accelerator.