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Young Leaders Development Programme

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Equipping young leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to take action on climate change


Young Leaders Development Programme

Applications for 2021 Young Leaders Development Programme now open!



Through our award-winning Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP), we equip hundreds of young people between the ages of 18 and 35 in Scotland with the skills to take action on climate change in their personal, professional and civic lives. The programme is open to all young people and is free to take part in.

Over the course of a year, our Young Leaders attend 6 day-long training modules which cover

“The Young Leaders Development Programme is a world first- it’s a mark of our determination to ensure that Scotland continues to be at the forefront of progress toward a truly sustainable model of economic growth.”

— Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

  1. Climate change knowledge – understanding the climate emergency and how climate change is impacting different areas of our lives, and identifying the key systemic and behavioural changes needed to transition to a more sustainable future.
  2. Leadership skills – improving communication, understanding how to motivate and inspire others, with a goal to influence more climate-driven decision making.
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  1. Train and empower a diverse range of young people in Scotland to be leaders.
  2. Equip Young Leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to influence their personal, professional and political connections.
  3. Learn from and engage with expert speakers, influential organisations and peers.
  4. Provide opportunities and support for Young Leaders to take action and develop projects; collaborate with others; and enact real world positive change.
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Since 2015 we have delivered four Young Leaders Development Programmes, each with around 130 participants from across Scotland. The programme takes place over a period of 6-9 months, typically through a combination of full-day weekend events, online or social activities.

Applications for our Young Leaders Development are now open! Formore information and how to apply, click here.