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Youth Steering Change Toward Sustainable Development


SustainUS is excited to launch the Lead Now Fellowship, a new program focused on supporting young leaders who are developing projects that will catalyze change toward a thriving planet!

Youth LeadingIf there was ever a moment to ensure that young people are equipped to respond to the world's challenges and have a community to help foster their innovative ideas, it is now. We see colliding crises across the world and a failure in leadership at many levels. As a youth-led organization, however, we see within ourselves and around us the remarkable impact that young people can have when they stop waiting for others to blaze a trail and start building their own initiatives and leading the way.

From our roots as one of the first youth organizations consistently showing up to UN climate change and sustainable development negotiations, we know that the path ahead isn't easy. But in both SustainUS and our generation as a whole, there are countless examples of youth who are taking the lead in creating exciting new initiatives. To cultivate this entrepreneurial spirit, SustainUS is launching the Lead Now Fellowship program to train and support young people in getting their own campaigns, organizations, or projects off the ground. We will draw from our diverse network of alumni and allies to mentor and support a group of young social innovators to help them launch a round of youth-led initiatives in 2014.

Fellows will be provided with a curriculum that synthesizes the best training materials available.

Additionally, SustainUS will offer fellows:

  • Monthly trainings in project management, organizational development, communications, systems thinking, and more.
  • One-to-one mentorship from experienced youth leaders who have built successful projects, organizations and businesses from the ground-up.
  • Opportunities to engage with SustainUS's wide network of people active within many realms of sustainable development.
  • A community of practice to explore challenges and lessons with peers.

The Lead Now Fellowship is open to people between the age of 13 and 26 who are US citizens or have lived in the US for more than 6 months. 

Applications to the Lead Now Fellowship are being accepted. The deadline is June 15 and the fellowship will start on September 1.  Please submit your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


If you have any questions or are interested in becoming involved as a trainer, program mentor, or financial supporter please contact Cat and Makala at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SustainUS is committed to supporting a diverse movement, a diversity of people and tactics.