History & Partners
CoalitionWILD has a 7-year history of producing knowledge and capacity-building initiatives, delivering mentorship programs, and supporting youth-led projects
to over 1,500 emerging leaders in 120 countries.
CoalitionWILD was born in 2013 at the 10th World Wilderness Congress from the recognition that youth leadership in conservation is an untapped potential for positive change. The initiative was originally designed as a volunteer movement to connect rising leaders passionate about the planet, but we quickly realized that to create meaningful change, young people needed to be equipped with skills, knowledge, and opportunity to take action where it is needed most – at home.
We began taking an action-focused role in youth development in 2015, and continue to facilitate youth leadership through mentorship, providing capacity building opportunities and upskilling programming, and amplify the voices of youth through network connections and storytelling.
CoalitionWILD’s evolution is driven by listening to the needs of the youth we work with, and is shaped by the personal experiences of our youth-team, youth-board, and youth-organizational partners.
CoalitionWILD is proud to be an official project of the WILD Foundation (WILD), a 501(c)3 organization that has worked internationally to connect and protect people, wildlife, and wild places for over 40 years. .
WILD’s mission is to protect and restore at least half of Earth’s wild nature to help create the best world possible. It does that by following an approach to conservation that counters the root causes harming nature, which include a lack of respect for Earth’s wildlife and wilderness, and lack of coordination for their protection.
Our Guiding Principle
Nature Needs Half is an international coalition of scientists, conservationists, non-profits, and public officials working to protect 50% of the planet by 2030. CoalitionWILD supports the Nature Needs Half vision as a member of the coalition and publicly declares its support for a respectful relationship with nature by building momentum for change.
Why 50%? And when is it more effective and efficient to protect something: Before or after it has been destroyed? Learn more here.
CoalitionWILD has a 7-year history of producing knowledge and capacity building initiatives, delivering mentorship programs, and building communities in 120 countries to over 1,200 emerging leaders.
This wouldn’t be possible without our many partners. These are just some of them.