A youth-led pre-college leadership initiative
The robust pre-college virtual six-week programme will help high school participants build essential 21st-century skills to address the growing climate change crisis.
Likewise, the programme will promote:
1. Critical thinking
2. Increase climate change literacy
3. Effectively design and implement projects
4. Communicate crucial environmental issues
Further, we aim participants to advance their learnings outside of school and prepare for the college experience.
This is your chance to become agents of change and translate YCP’s learnings into actions that will foster a sustainable future. With our ocean warming along with large-scale erosion across India’s coastlines, coupled with high rainfall, floods, and heatwaves – we have a small window period to alter this reality. It is the apt time for young people to learn, educate and usher in a wave of changes by speaking up for climate action!
Youth is the backbone of our nation. They play a crucial role in building a safer and healthier future for all. At present, we are witnessing the natural world changing rapidly around us. It is time for young minds to lead and become nature warriors calling for sustainable climate actions.
The Young Conservationist Programme (YCP) is a platform for committed and outstanding high secondary school students who want to address critical environmental issues in India.
The programme is shaped to provide a space to delve into the world of nature conservation and know the complex problem of our changing climate. Additionally, the programme will allow one to generate mass awareness among their circle of influence and peer groups to promote the need to save our diverse yet declining natural world – home to various wild animals and critical ecosystems, and people who depend on it most.
Another key aspect of the programme is to equip high school participants with specially designed participatory leadership modules that will benefit for them in the future. At the same time, participants will use these skills to reach out to a broader audience and help raise vital funds for WWF India’s conservation efforts.
For further information: You can simply write to Ms. Shruti Dwivedi at email@example.com or call/whatsapp her on +91 8826933605
Yuvraj Rana, a 17-year-old Young Conservationist from the Lotus Valley International School, Gurgaon.
“Whenever we think of time traveling into the past, we are worried that we may bring about a small change that will have unknown ripple effects for our present. My experience during WWF India’s Young Conservationist Programme was a major reminder of our capability to bring about a change in our lives and the overall world too if we act now. A small change today, by the same reasoning, may have huge impacts for a better sustainable future. The programme taught me skills that will surely help me throughout my entire life. I worked on my leadership skills while working in groups that helped me to know the importance of teamwork. Not only that, the programme helped me to improve my negotiation and communication skills to great lengths. These skills helped me to approach a diverse set of people and start conversations about the need to conserve our fast-depleting natural world. My biggest learning experience was to be able to bring onboard individuals as donors by fundraising for WWF India’s various conservation efforts through effective story-telling skills that I learned through the programme! Thanks to WWF India YCP 2.0, I can now call myself a fundraiser at the age of just 17. If you get to be a part of this programme, it will surely be a life-changing experience for you!”
Aveesha Gandhi is from the Shri Ram School, Aravali, joined the YCP in 2019 when she was in just grade XI.
“My experience during WWF India’s Young Conservationist Programme was simply wonderful! It was truly an engaging customized leadership programme that equipped me with many skills. I picked up on the nuances of volunteering and key tricks and tips on fundraising too. Not only did I raise funds for WWF India’but also build awareness among my friends, neighbors, and the entire family about a cause that is very close to my heart. Through the YCP training modules, I learned the importance of being a much more responsible individual who brings behavioral change in people when it comes to leading a sustainable lifestyle. The entire programme helped me to develop my ability to be a young leader who got hands-on experience of going from door-to-door in my neighborhood explaining the need to conserve our country’s natural resources and protect communities who depend on it the most.”