Young Leaders for Sustainability (YL4S) is Publika’s new and exciting hub for young people to learn about the issues and confront real-world challenges in sustainability. Launched in May 2017, a total of 37 youths from various tertiary institutions in Kota Kinabalu have signed-up for YL4S, representing a range of disciplines, from mechanical and chemical engineering, business administration, tourism management, architecture, multimedia technology, marine sciences and aquaculture.

YL4S participants converge once a month to learn about a particular aspect of sustainability by interacting with experts and practitioners through workshops, excursions, at BEFF’s festival weekend and the Heart of Borneo International Conference. By December 2017, a core group of emerging young leaders spent three days formulating their Youth Action Agenda that presents the priority actions young people can take to power a shift towards sustainability in their local communities. Twelve keystone projects were developed, with young leaders contributing knowledge from their respective fields in a peer-to-peer learning and problem-solving environment. We will next prepare and support our young change-makers to fundraise for and deliver their projects’ impacts.


Next intake to be announced soon!

Young Leaders for Sustainability (YL4S) is part of BEFF’s Youth & Education Outreach. We believe in the power and potential of our local youths to become future leaders and problem solvers. YL4S is a long-term platform for urban Malaysian youths, from ages 18 to 30, to gain knowledge of real-world problem-solving for sustainability through a series of monthly workshops. Participants will have the chance to meet and work with leading conservationists, policy-makers, indigenous elders, social and environmental entrepreneurs as well as other youth leaders/groups, exposing them to current issues and cutting-edge approaches to sustainability and experiential learning.

If you are...

  • 18-30 years old
  • Malaysian, residing in Greater Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Enrolled in a higher learning institution (private or government)
  • Able to commit to monthly workshops
  • Innovative, creative and passionate about the planet


  • Applicants will be selected based on merit
  • Applications must be accompanied with a support letter from the respective institutions
  • Successful applicants must commit to a once-a-month workshop. Proxies are not permitted. In the event the participant is unable to attend, he/she must inform the organisers in writing/via e-mail
  • After three (3) consecutive no-shows, the participant will be dropped from the programme
  • Upon completion in December 2017, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. BEFF can provide recommendation letters upon request.
  • All participants must sign an indemnity form
  • During the first workshop, participants must submit a 400-word essay on a particular environmental/social issue you are interested in and would like to learn more about. Explain you interest and concern and how you would like to play a part in developing a more sustainable world.


  • Please complete the Application Form (DOWNLOAD HERE)
  • Please bring a copy of the applicant’s NRIC and Support Letter from the institution during the first workshop (date and venue to be announced).
  • Please e-mail all submissions and attachments to

Successful applicants will be notified via e-mail or phone call. The workshop schedule will be sent to successful applicants.

More info: Melissa Leong, Programme Director,

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