We Train Youth to Lead


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Our future is at stake


Young people need skills to mobilize


We Train Young People to Make History

SustainUS is a community of young people (18-29) that train one another in action, media, and community building skills for social change.

We bridge local and national organizing for justice and sustainability with global movements. We train young people to be effective agents of change, create media that frames important political moments, and engage directly in key policy processes at both the domestic and international levels.

Our Impact

We develop lifelong leaders to be effective
“Agents of Change”

We nurture and train new generations of advocates to commit for the long haul to work for a just and sustainable society. We prioritize depth over breadth. We skill-up young people by connecting them to a global community of change-agents. We learn by engaging in immersive experiences that have real impact, today and tomorrow.

We advocate for effective policies for justice and sustainability

Wherever global decisions are made, we empower young people to shift the narrative toward justice and sustainability. Sound policymaking cements social movements’ victories into law at domestic and international levels. We work with global allies who share our vision to challenge injustice at the deepest levels, pushing for long term solutions over short term wins.

Over 600 media hits including articles, press releases, and interviews about SustainUS work have been published in the past 5 years
SustainUS has trained more than 900 youth to tell their stories, shape culture, build power, and pass their training on to others
SustainUS members have received 7 Brower Youth Awards through their commitment to climate justice

We train, connect, and empower young leaders to engage strategically in policy fights within the following three broad areas:

1. The end of the fossil fuel era

We seek zero global fossil fuel emissions by 2050, a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure, and a just transition to 100% renewable energy that prioritizes workers.

2. Development grounded in justice

We are coalition partners in hard-hitting national campaigns to stop corporate trade deals, protect human rights, and increase the flows of climate finance to those who need it most.

3. An inclusive and vibrant democracy

We helped establish the formal recognition of young people within the UNFCCC and are now working to limit the influence of money in U.S. politics.

Support the COP24 Delegation

Every year, the world’s countries gather together at the United Nations to try and “take collective action to address” the climate crisis. But we have seen them make false and empty promises over and over again by giving fossil fuel industries a seat at the negotiating table and by making weak commitments. The 2018 UN Climate Talks is a key moment for the global movement for climate justice. SustainUS will be there with stories of resilience, hope and solutions, making bold demands that challenge the innate unfairness of climate change.

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We refuse to allow established leaders sell us incremental change as the only solution to global crises. We train young people to make history. Today and tomorrow.