Unesco Green Citizens

SERES, cultivating youth leaders

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Project begin: 17/03/2009

In Guatemala and El Salvador, SERES is preparing young people to become leaders capable of building fairer, more sustainable communities.

Leading organisation: Asociación SERES
The country where the team is based: Guatemala
Theme: Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Environment, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Sustainable lifestyles
Tag: #Women #Youth
Selection: 2021
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The story begins in 2009 with two young activists, Antonio and Corrina, who were determined to help young people in Central America acquire the skills to face growing inequalities. And, to shape leaders that “understand the needs of the community and drive actions to work with and for the people.”

Leading the way to more sustainable world

To build fairer, more sustainable communities in Guatemala and El Salvador – one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change – the pair founded SERES to empower young people. Abigail, Dora, Juglio and Steven joined their ranks and expanded the network of 15–30-year-olds, based on a horizontal management model.

Awarded the UNESCO-Japan Award for Education for Sustainable Development in 2015, the association uses innovative teaching methods, such as project-based learning, to prepare young leaders. Their community centres provide access to services, resources and opportunities relating to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Through Eco-Social Ventures, they also support promising local social and environmental enterprises.

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