Press Release — May 08, 2019

JCI and SDSN Youth Empower the Next Generation of Young Innovators through Joint Program

JCI and SDSN Youth Empower the Next Generation of Young Innovators through Joint Program


7 May 2019, Bonn, Germany — Junior Chamber International (JCI) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth (SDSN Youth) are partnering to offer young people the recognition, tools, training and resources needed to scale their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-focused projects. 50 youth-led programs, 25 for-profit and 25 nonprofit, will receive access to impactful training tools, including the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) as well as having their work featured in the 2019 edition of the Youth Solutions Report and be eligible to receive up to USD $5,000 in funding from the Global Youth Empowerment Fund.

The Global Youth Empowerment Fund, founded by JCI in partnership with the UN SDG Action Campaign, offers grants and training to youth-led projects that advance the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Fund was launched in 2016 and has granted over US $65,000 to 17 youth-led projects in 15 countries over the past three years. This year, the 25 nonprofit projects featured in the 2019 Youth Solutions Report will be shortlisted for review and considered for the fourth grantee cycle.

The Youth Solutions Report showcases transformative, youth-led initiatives addressing the multiple challenges of sustainable development. The report identifies groundbreaking solutions from both nonprofits and social business ventures that contribute to advancing the Global Goals. Again this year, 50 projects will be selected to be featured in the 2019 edition of the report, which will be launched in September during the United Nations General Assembly week in New York City. During a 16-week acceleration program for the leaders of these 50 projects, these young innovators will be provided with valuable insights from experts in the field, given access to personalized 1-on-1 mentoring and connected with impact investors.

Dario Piselli, Project Leader of the Youth Solutions Program, welcomed the opportunity.

"With our previous editions of the Youth Solutions Report, we have changed the global narrative about the role of youth in the implementation of the SDGs. The empowerment of young people within entrepreneurial and innovation systems is a crucial means of harnessing their skills in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This year, we are excited to join forces with JCI to increase even further the opportunities for the training, funding and recognition of youth-led solutions around the world.”

"Young people are already leading the way on the SDGs," said JCI Secretary General Arrey Obenson. "With this program, we're giving them tools, resources and funding to help scale their projects and create the change our world so desperately needs."

This joint initiative was officially announced at the Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany on 4 May. Any young innovator who fulfills the eligibility criteria and is interested in this opportunity should submit their project before 1 June 2019.

About JCI: JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 whose purpose is providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change around the world, uniting all sectors of society to create sustainable impact. For more information visit:

About SDSN Youth: In 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launched its official youth initiative to empower youth globally to create sustainable development solutions. SDSN Youth educates young people about the Sustainable Development Goals and provides opportunities for them to pioneer innovative solutions to address the world's biggest challenges. For more information visit:

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