SDG Young Leaders Network
The SDG Young Leaders Network is an SDG-focused connector of young professionals and young professionals networks, which empowers them to accelerate change in organizations and achieve the 2030 agenda.
Direct action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is needed in order for them to be achieved by 2030. Young professionals could play a key role in this, but their voices are often not heard and included in organizations’ decision making processes. This is a missed opportunity, because young professionals can bring valuable input and a new perspective in such processes from their own experiences and knowledge. This can lead to a more effective and future-proof decision making. Also, since the SDGs are about the young professionals’ future, they should have a seat at the table when it comes to decision making on the SDGs.
In the Netherlands, there are several young-professionals interested in the SDGs who do not have access to any platform through which they can engage with them. Also, there are networks, within organizations and in the civil society space, or unaffiliated young professional networks, which have a social drive, focussing, knowingly or unknowingly, on one or some of the SDGs. There is a gap here, a connection between these individual young professionals and these networks can be made, with an overall view of the 17 SDGs. This is where the SDG Young Leaders Network comes in as an umbrella organization.
Vision & mission
We are a network of young professionals with the vision to create an inclusive world in which every organisation has sustainability at its core. Our mission is to mobilise young professionals to anchor and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in their organization through connection, education, and to go beyond.
Benefit from a network of Young Leaders!
We invite young professionals to join our network, to:
✓ Connect with and learn from young pioneers, leaders, and change makers about how you and your organisation could address social, environmental challenges for your business, and ecosystem.
✓ Advance the contribution of your organisation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through connection, learning, and empowerment of young professionals and change makers in your organisation and our network.
✓ Challenge young professionals in your organisation to ideate, experiment, and implement ideas that address current and future social and environmental challenges.
“Show me what is SDG Young Leaders Network”
Our different channels and communication tools help you to know who we are, what we are doing and whom we want to get involved
“Help me become part of the SDg Young Leaders Network”
Our subscription model and social media presence allow you to become involved in the SDG Young Leaders Network
“Help me get more involved in SDG topics”
With our events, we can help you increase the knowledge of the SDGs and broaden your network with young professionals with same minds.
“I want to become the SDG Ambassador!”
Our Young Leaders Network provides you with the opportunities and tools to become SDG Ambassador and agent for change!
Young Professional networks focussed on individual SDGs
In the Netherlands, several young professional networks focus on individual SDGs; climate, gender equality, human rights, etc. Since all these young professionals are driven by social impact, learning about the other SDGs and discovering where there are synergies between their work, could be interesting to them and further empower them to bring their respective SDGs forward.
Young Professional networks within businesses
Most organizations in the Netherlands have young professional networks in place that aim to bring young professionals within these organizations together to allow them to expand their network and learn about topics that are relevant to their industry. Tapping into these networks by offering them SDG-related content and connecting them to other young professional networks outside their organizations to learn about the SDGs, will allow these networks to become an advocate for the SDGs within their respective organizations.
Individual Young Professional
In university, the “pre-young professional” is able to do extracurricular activities based on a certain SDG impact. After graduating, this often ends, and it is on to a full time job. However, the social interest still remains. Especially for these young professionals, this missing factor can be filled by engaging in the SDG Network. It can help them to see how the SDGs can play a role for them as individuals as well as for the organizations they work for.
Climate Neutral Group, Klimaat en Energie Koepel (KEK)
European Banking Authority, Women in Financial Services
Regiegroep Ongedocumenteerden Amsterdam, INCLEADERS