Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
In 2013, Esteban Salcoxot, a young Quiché man from rural Guatemala, found SERES. In one year, he worked his way through all of the training programs, to become a certified facilitator. That year, he was also elected mayor of his village. His priorities were reforestation, protection of natural resources and youth leadership. Esteban is a role model for hundreds of other young Guatemalans. He has been responsible for numerous youth-led initiatives in and around Quetzaltenango and is currently working on strategies to stop the privatisation of natural resources in his community. He is also a graduate of SERES inaugural Fellowship program. This is Esteban's story (up to 2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sgkc8QIPDs
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
SERES has trained over 2,500 youth leaders. Our programs have inspired hundreds of local climate actions to reduce ecological footprint, change unsustainable practices and make communities healthier and more resilient. We have also trained 79 facilitators, 29 of which are certified Ambassadors. These youth, equipped with the skills, attitudes and values to allow them to be powerful and effective transformative change agents, are working with us to scale up .
SERES has also developed a partnership with the University of California, Irvine to help UCI fulfil its mandate of making sustainability and climate neutrality a part of the educational experience for all students.
Over the next 5 yrs, our goal is to build an international training center for youth sustainability leadership and learning; to train 100 certified facilitators by 2018 and create a core of 7,000 youth leaders by 2020.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
• Build the Communiversity to train young leaders from diverse backgrounds;
• Run a training program with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to provide system wide training programs across the ten Californian campuses;
• Work with UNESCO’s ESD partner network to develop a flagship program for empowering and mobilising youth based on SERES work;
• Cross-pollination, research & development with strategically selected regional partners to review models of sustainability education, transformative leadership and change-maker programs, find best practices and scale up;