CoalitionWILD is creating lasting youth leadership for the planet.
Developed and led by youth, our mission is to connect and equip young leaders to tackle the planet’s greatest conservation and climate change challenges. We believe that young people self-designing solutions for the threats facing their lands, water, and culture lead us to our vision of a world where people and nature thrive together because of youth-driven change.
Young people are more connected, more ambitious, and more impatient than ever before. Armed with a desire to not only want a better future for the planet, but to be a part of the effort it will take to create that future, youth are searching for opportunities to be actively engaged in designing the solutions the seek and using their voice.
But taking that first step into leadership is difficult, and is often isolating and intimidating work.
Through working with youth on issues they are passionate about and providing the supportive space for taking risks and attempting new ideas, CoalitionWILD is ensuring that we are not just providing the tools needed to create action, but are imparting in these young leaders the belief that they know how to use those tools best.
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 and knowledge, and empowered to utilize their voice and believe in their value.
Since then, CoalitionWILD has equipped, connected, and empowered thousands of young people.
CoalitionWILD’s evolution is driven by listening to the needs of the youth we work with, and shaped by the personal experiences of our youth-team, youth-board, and youth-partners – totaling 42 international volunteers.
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, wild life, and wild places for over 40 years.
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