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On November 14, makesense and Citi Foundation announced the launch of ‘Youth 4 Sustainable Cities’ a free program that seeks to engage and involve local youth with the Sustainable Development Goals and urban sustainable development. 

With the UN projecting 60% of the world population to be living in urban areas in 2030 by the UN, cities are fast becoming centers not just for social and environmental impact, but spaces that trigger solutions to address worldwide challenges. In the Philippines, the urban population is expected to grow to 65% by 2050. The goal of Youth 4 Sustainable Cities is to equip Filipino youth with the skills, tools, and social capital to meet this change.

This 15-month long program has three phases: 1) the training of 50 youth ambassadors, 2) the roadshow and call for projects, and 3) the incubation program of selected startups. 

Young people aged 18-30 from Manila, Cebu, and Dumaguete are invited to apply to receive training as ambassadors if they are interested in organizing advocacy events in their own cities and lead the creation of teams capable of supporting innovative urban solutions. Selected participants will benefit from free training by social innovation experts, access to the resources, programs, and workshops of makesense, plus a regional and global community of volunteers and active changemakers in more than 300 cities worldwide. Ambassador applications run from November 14 to January 6, 2020. 

Phase two will begin on January to March, where the program will travel to three key cities – first Dumaguete, Cebu, and Manila – to inspire and engage the local community to take action through at least 2 events co-organized by selected ambassadors. Simultaneously, the program will launch a call for projects to facilitate 

the creation of social startups addressing sustainable cities challenges and accelerate the launch of the 5 most innovative solutions led by 15 entrepreneurs under 30 years old. Project applications on the following will be supported: waste management, food security, affordable housing, sustainable energy, clean & safe water and sanitation, transportation, urban & disaster management, and access to education.

Selected projects will then join a free 7-month incubation program for phase 3 of Youth 4 Sustainable Cities. The program offers free customized mentorship and tailor-made workshops with the right experts, tools, and resources, based on the needs of the entrepreneurs. Every month, the selected projects will access social innovation and entrepreneurship training, strategic and operational follow-ups, customized support from a large network of Makesense experts and mentors, monthly allowances and a free co-working space. 

“It’s been 5 years since we began engaging filipino citizens on important advocacies such as healthcare, agriculture, and waste management. Our community of volunteers continue to demonstrate that Filipinos  have a significant capacity to shape the future of the country if they are well supported.”  says Léa Klein, the makesense Asia Head of Activities and Philippines Country Director. 

Find out more about the Youth 4 Sustainable Cities program here: https://philippines.makesense.org/youth4sustainablecities/

makesense is a global, people-powered community that supports engaged citizens, passionate entrepreneurs and forward-looking organizations to collectively tackle social and environmental challenges. In 7 years, it has supported 2,800 entrepreneurs, 35,000 citizens and 100 organizations in 150 cities around the world. Makesense launched in the Philippines five years ago and its mission is to equip all individuals to collectively tackle the issues they are passionate about.


Press contacts:

  • Léa Klein, Asia Director and Philippine Country Manager – leak@makesense.org
  • Pepper Limpoco, Youth 4 Sustainable Cities Project Lead – patricia@makesense.org 
  • Andrea Lopez, Youth 4 Sustainable Cities Project Lead – andrea@makesense.org