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Youth-Led Solutions Initiative

Youth-Led Solutions Initiative

In October 2020, World YMCA launched the Youth-Led Solutions Initiative (YLSI) as a response to the YMCA’s ongoing commitment to elevate and amplify youth voices, and provide agency for young leaders around the world. YLSI encourages them to put forward solutions to tackle three of the greatest challenges facing young people today – the climate crisis, the future of work crisis, and the mental health crisis, which between them address multiple SDGs.

After each Summit, the young participants and their mentors work together in virtual teams to design solutions to local challenges and drive achievement of the SDGs, using their previous knowledge and experience and the tools and relationships they gain during the Summit.

Each solution is pitched to a panel of global experts and funders with the chance to win investment funding and implement their solution in their community with support from the local YMCA.

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