EXCELerator Program

The CoalitionWILD EXCELerator program is an intensive 9-month leadership and capacity building training equipping emerging environmental leaders with the skills necessary to carry out action projects for the planet.


EXCELerator Alumni implementing solutions globally


Beneficiaries of all projects being implemented by EXCELerators

“When I first started out, I had a feeling that I was venturing into a world unknown. I had an idea but was not sure how to get it started.

Thanks to CoalitionWILD I’m now better informed, have a belonging, and with a myriad of resources I need to properly implement my project.

I can confidently say that with the aid of CoalitionWILD, my project is now on course, impacting the community one step at a time.”

Kenya, 2018 EXELerator Cohort

My experience as an EXL for CoalitionWILD in Portugal was of courage and action. Nevertheless, after finishing the programme I was invited to be a reviewer for the UN Young Champions of the Earth prize and that was remarkable for me.

I received applications from participants in the 5 continents and I was surprised by their brightness…I got more critical about the way I write applications and deeply reflexive on my privilege. Many of that people have much better ideas than mine, though less opportunities, what makes things hard to take flight. I wanted to honour that! Thank you CW!

Portugal, 2019 EXELerator Cohort

“Starting a Non-Profit (organization) is not simple, and operating one can be isolating and tedious work.

Access to webinars, a committed mentor, and supplemental materials through CoalitionWILD gave me the skills needed for growing and maintaining my new organization, Save The Snakes.

United States, 2018 EXELerator Cohort


In 4 years, 78 CoalitionWILD EXCELerator participants (EXLs) have completed the program, implementing 78 new action projects in 52 countries.

Each project is unique to the circumstances, area, and interest of the project leader, making the outcome more impactful and with a deeper commitment from those involved.

These are some of the outcomes produced by our 2019/2020 cohort in just 9 months.


schools and universities worked within


trees planted


volunteers engaged


environmental workshops hosted


bags of trash collected


camera traps deployed



CoalitionWILD is committed to accessibility. That’s why the EXCELerator program is always 100% free for all participants. However, we can’t create lasting youth leadership for the planet without your support.

If you believe that the future of the planet is in the hands of our youth, consider sponsoring an EXCELerator participant by making a donation.  


The CoalitionWILD EXCELerator is a rigorous 9-month leadership development program. Each participant is accepted based on their individually proposed idea of an environmental project they want to implement that will tackle an issue facing an ecosystem, their community, their culture, or their livelihood.

Over 9-months, CoalitionWILD equips EXCELerator participants with the tools, support, and confidence needed to implement that idea. In doing that, we focus on the 3 Ps: Project Development, Personal Growth, and Professional Network.

Project Development will help you to further structure your module in terms of devising a work plan, time schedule, budget plan etc., which form the basis for a successful implementation. It will also allow you to anticipate potential challenges to the project and to draft preliminary responses and/or scenarios A, B, and C.

Personal Growth focuses on the improvement of your knowledge and skills in communication, fundraising, management techniques and methodologies, by giving you access to our resources and offering webinars with expert guest speakers, which will allow you to become more confident, not just to present your project, but as a leader in general.

The Professional Network is all about giving you a platform for exchanging your ideas, projects, challenges etc. with like-minded people and to benefit from the experience of professionals who signed up to offer mentorship to you. You may gather first experience in speaking and presenting at conferences or even be featured in international publications.

Participants will be supported in successfully starting and/or continuing their project, and we aim to create a good basis for this together with you during the program that you can build on after. The completion of project implementation is no requirement.


  • Draft a Work Plan and Timeline for project implementation
  • Devise a Budget and Fundraising Plan
  • Craft a Contingency Plan, anticipating potential risks and identifying solutions
  • Make an assessment of Next Steps to continue/and or grow your project
  • Develop an Elevator Pitch to convince others of the value of your project in a concise and brief manner


  • Benefit from access to resources and methods, such as management and analytical techniques
  • Gain more experience in communicating your project via a blog/press release, in interviews, to a camera, in social media, and via photos/videos
  • Increase your fundraising skills and gain access to funding opportunities
  • Become more confident as a leader for your communities and for the planet


  • Gain access to a global network, including opportunities to speak, present, attend global conferences, apply for fellowships or funding, or be highlighted in international publications
  • Get connected to an experienced mentor matched to your field of work, who will support you with advice throughout the program
  • Boost your credentials through the backing of a credible global organization


Ultimately it depends on YOU in what way you would like to benefit from the EXCELerator program. We offer you the space to discover your own solutions, thereby ensuring that you are driven by:

Innovation in your ideas

Commitment to your work

Empathy in engaging with stakeholders

Creativity in the implementation

Passion in your delivery.

Young leaders are using their voices and passion to enact change for a better planet.

Join us and connect with them.