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.