Raleigh believed that ensuring a thriving youth civil society is central to building a greener, fairer and more inclusive world. We work in partnership with youth civil society organisations to create an environment where young people from all backgrounds and cultures can engage in decision making. Raleigh supported young people to become initiators, able to hold governments and other stakeholders to account safely.
The climate emergency is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and Raleigh supported young people to lead the fight against climate change. Raleigh's work in climate and conservation ensures that young people can build the future they want to see. Raleigh equiped young people with the tools to develop campaigns that tackle the climate and ecological crisis. Through Raleigh's programmes, young people lead in the conservation of some of the most important and biologically diverse environments on earth.
Raleigh's youth-led approach helped us achieve sustained, safe and dignified work for young people worldwide. Through this work, young people are engaged at the heart of enabling environments for employment and enterprise, empowering them to take the lead in building sustainable local economies, ensuring that future generations can access the training, support and resources they need to establish businesses and gain decent employment.
Raleigh International engaged young people to resolve the critical water, sanitation and hygiene challenges our planet faces.
Raleigh built and restored WASH infrastructure and worked with communities and young people to improve the governance, management and maintenance of WASH services.
Raleigh Expedition gives young people from across the world the chance to engage in different phases of experiential learning through a youth leadership challenge and make vital contributions to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Conservation programmes. Volunteers join diverse teams of young people to undertake projects which focus on development outcomes, personal development, and active global citizenship. Our model allows for the continual development of valuable soft skills within varied environments.
Raleigh National Youth Programmes work with and target young people in their communities in the global south. They empower local young people with skills and confidence to undertake projects that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. These programmes aim to engage young people as future partners and leaders and promote a stronger civil society.
Re:Green is a conservation and youth leadership programme taking place in remote areas of the Scottish Highlands. Young volunteers work with experienced environmentalists and organisations (such as the Woodland Trust Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland) to improve their conservation knowledge and restore Scottish woodlands. Young people take on a leadership trek to learn essential skills in leadership, teamwork, planning, problem-solving and resilience.
In 2021 Raleigh International proudly launched its first-ever global environmental campaign. Action Not Excuses is a global movement mobilising young people to take action for the planet. In just 6 months a community of over 1,300 young people joined together on an online platform and connected over their shared climate activism.
In 7 countries young people have created and are leading on exciting Action Not Excuses initiatives; Greentalist in Costa Rica, Dame Chance in Nicaragua, Kesho Tutachelewa in Tanzania, Circular Futures in Malaysia, Urban Nomads in Mongolia, Kathmandu Recycles in Nepal and Unravelled in the UK. These initiatives represent hundreds of young people leading climate action on campaigns that aim to either fight for zero waste, reverse deforestation or create green jobs.
As part of the Action Not Excuses campaign a number of Action Challenges we launched, and were especially proud to partner with the Woodland Trust to launch our Tree Planting Action Challenge this autumn. Through the Challenge 11 tree planting events were held across the UK, bringing together over 180 tree planters to plant trees and conserve British nature.
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