Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) by YouthClimateLeaders
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I was a huge fan of this proposal the first time around. As I said the first time, I am a firm believer in the power of travel and experience to really shape a person and compel them to action. I think this idea is wonderful and would love if more kids had the opportunity to experience the world and view it thru a climate-aware lens. I did want more information about what would be required of the kids before during and after the trip and the author has definitely added much more details about that. I also was concerned about the costs for families and making sure that these trips were accessible to and inclusive of kids from diverse racial and economic backgrounds, which the author notes that they would offer need-based scholarships.
I could see the project being popular among young people who wish to travel and be part of a community of climate champions. Funding may be the only challenge.
This is a great idea. Very inspiring and connective. This proposal is well thought out, presented nicely and very detailed. I'm a huge believer in the power of travel and experiencing different places and people to inspire action, and this idea hits the nail on the head. It is imperative that we inspire youth to inspire action. I would have loved a program such as this when I was a kid. I would like to see more details in terms of what is required of the students on these trips. Are there requirements for daily blogging, assignments, a wrap up paper, commitment beyond the trip itself? Exploring more of these requirements for students accepted to this program would be beneficial in order to ensure that the children take this opportunity seriously. But overall, very exciting proposal.
Nov 4, 2017
What actions do you propose?
1) Multicultural trip: we changed Nepal to India, as were able to get a new partner there.
2) Side visits: more details
4) Group or individual project: Some people stressed that participants may already have their projects, so we decided to open two tracks: (1) Climate Entrepreneur: participants who already have their own project (a social business, a NGO, a campaign, etc.) will have the chance to take it to the next level during the expedition. They will be able to use insights from the travelling and visits, schedule appointments with experts and count with direct support of the YCL team, other participants and selected mentors. During the programme, they will also present their revised pitches in special events organized by us. (2) Climate Intrapreneur: participants who do not have their own project will be able to work as part-time volunteers on a hands-on project, taking advantage of the diverse background of YCLs. They will be divided in groups, and the YCL Team will assign tasks and develop a project management plan to mentor YCLs over the process. After feedback from partners, we are still defining whether we will offer one group project for all climate intrapreneurs, several volunteer assignments with partner organizations in the countries we visit, or both. We plan to make a decision after conducting exploratory interviews with potential participants and people already working in the field.
8) The YCL Network: more details
? Answering judges' feedback, we added more detail about what is required of participants.
Nov 6, 2017
We are structuring our business plan on a hybrid model (both nonprofit and for-profit). We want to be able to fund most of our expenses through the programme's fee. However, we also want to give scholarships for youth that cannot afford the costs, and work on partnerships to drop costs to lower rates to all participants. A hybrid structure will thus enable us both to be purpose-driven and financially sustainable. Financial autonomy also allows us to have full control of our services, instead of having to rely on changing priorities from outsiders. As we scale, we plan to offer different services that will increase our revenue, at the same time that we keep social impact as our main goal.