Sustainable Cities International has gained a reputation for its innovative approach to sustainable urban development. Part of our success in this area is the result of our Youth-Led Development Program, which promotes youth voice in decision-making among our Network Cities and within the secretariat’s operations. In Network Cities, we have led youth engagement projects that see young people contribute to formal planning processes and we have supported youth-led initiatives to green their schools and communities. Within the secretariat, we have a policy that ensures we have at least one youth staff member and one youth board member (both under 30). We believe that young people bring a unique perspective to decision-making processes and they contribute to innovation.
The Sustainable Cities International Youth Internship Program, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, is a shining example of our work in Youth-Led Development. The program funds 10 young Canadians every six months to participate in six month placements in five of our network cities. These young professionals are working on a variety of initiatives, but they are always seeking to engage local youth in their projects and/or to support youth-led initiatives in the field.
In the lead up to the United Nations International Youth Day on August 12th, we will be profiling 5 of our interns and the work they have done to support youth-led development around the world. Stay tuned, the first profile will appear here on Monday, August 8th.