“The [2050] 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 MSP, First Minister of Scotland

Aim of the Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP)

Today’s young leaders are architects of the future and will be the decision makers in the country by 2050.

We firmly believe that there is an unfulfilled need for a climate leadership programme targeting young professionals in Scotland. We know that if we can engage a significant number of these young leaders through our development programme, they will be able to inspire within their spheres of influence, and thus lead the transformational change necessary to address climate change and achieve a low carbon society.

About the Programme

Launched in October 2015, the Young Leaders Development Programme is a new opportunity to develop climate change awareness and leadership skills in the next generation of Scottish leaders.

Through our programme, we provide the following training:

Leadership Skills: improving communication, understanding how to influence others, motivating and inspiring others.

Climate Change Impacts: understanding how climate change will impact on food, energy, transport, resource use and identifying the key system and behavioural changes needed to transition to a more sustainable way of living.

Over the course of a year, young leaders participate in 8 Saturday events which focus on climate change or leadership topics. Each year we update and refresh the modules so that we can provide the best content for our peers.

Young Leaders also set themselves ‘actions’ that they want to achieve while on the programme. Actions are varied and can be personal changes or improvements or tackle societal challenges or issues in their workplace.

Young Leaders remain engaged with their peers online via LinkedIn and a dedicated Facebook Group. Young Leaders also have the opportunity to socialise with their peers after every YLDP event and at events organised by the 2050 Leaders Network.

More information about the YLDP
For updates on public YLDP events subscribe to our Newsletter

Some highlights from the 2015-16 year include:

An evening event on Low Carbon Holidays. A bespoke event for the 2015-16 young leaders based on the impact of travel on several young leaders’ carbon footprints. Low carbon travel guru, Mark Smith, best known as The Man in Seat Sixty-One gave young leaders a whirlwind tour of how to get from Edinburgh to Singapore all by rail!
After the ‘Our Food’ event, we held a dinner for young leaders catered by The Real Junk Food Project. Over 50 young leaders attended and the organisation received the largest donation for a single event! Feed bellies not bins.
Dare2Lead Founder and CEO, John Loughton, inspired our young leaders at the final Leadership event of the year. He motivated the group to lead by dreaming in full colour- rather than thinking in black and white.
At our Youth Climate Summit, Young Leaders, Dave Bell & Meredith Adams (MAD Challenges), Ross McKinstry (2050 Members Portal) and Angelika Konko (2050 & Forestry Commission Climate Change Video), shared their experiences of being a part of the YLDP and presented on projects that they developed as a result of going through the programme.
The Climate Climax Event was held after the Youth Climate Summit 2016 and was a great send off to a great first year of the programme. The party at the Art School saw performances from Jo Mango, A New International, The Bellybuttons & Mungo’s Hi Fi and we even had a bike powered sound system.