“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 people are crucial to building a fairer, more sustainable future as they will become the decision makers in our world by 2050.

We know that if we can engage a significant number of young  people through our Young Leaders 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 6 full day 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 a closed Facebook group and attend regular ‘Doing Dinner’ meet ups across regional hubs Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Young Leaders also have the opportunity to socialise with their peers after every YLDP event and at events organised by the 2050 Leaders Network.

Join the YLDP!

Keep your eye on our social media for ways to get involved with 2050 Climate Group including free, YLDP events open to the public and subscribe to our Newsletter to find out when we’re recruiting for the next YLDP.

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Some highlights from YLDP 2 (2017-18) include:

Young Leaders attended six climate change and leadership modules, which addressed how change can be created within personal, professional and political spheres of influence. Modules included keynote speakers, workshops and development of action plans.
Young Leaders undertook over 200 actions to address climate change. Projects arising from this year’s YLDP cohort included the Free Vegan Cookout, Do Edinburgh and Cameron Mackay’s documentary film ‘Climate Change and Scotland’s Future‘. View our 2017/18 Actions Impact Report here.
Rebecca Willis, an independent researcher with a focus on environmental politics and policymaking, helped the YLDP cohort see climate change through the eyes of a politician, Ross Greer, Scotland’s youngest MSP inspired our young leaders to strive for their goals, while Paula McGuire encouraged young leaders to see barriers as climbing frames!
Doing Dinners – these are 2050 Climate Group’s regular evening meet ups to ‘get things done’! Those in our network met up in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness to share food, drinks and productivity to transform their to-do lists into climate action!
Young Leaders took up opportunities to use and develop their leadership skills. This included pitching actions projects and plans to their peers during our Professional Leadership module and delivering a workshop on ‘Visions for 2050’ at Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference 2018.

Some highlights from YLDP 1 (2015-16) 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.