Youth 4 Sustainability

About Y4S 

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S), a Masdar initiative, invests in and actively supports the development of our most valuable asset, our young people, with the objective of enabling them to become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow. 

Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UAE’s national strategy, Y4S has introduced a series of programs focused on students and young entrepreneurs. These include the Sustainability Ambassadors (SA) and Future Sustainability Leaders (FSL) programs.
We believe youth have numerous untapped capabilities that need to be leveraged to enable young people to lead the sustainable development of the UAE.

Our Vision 
To engage 50,000 young people worldwide by 2030

Our Mission
To prepare the next generation of sustainability leaders to accelerate sustainable development by combining training with real-world experience 

Our Objectives

  • To reinforce Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S) as the leading international platform in the region dedicated to engaging young people in sustainability 
  • To raise awareness of the importance of sustainability locally and internationally – including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • To cultivate talent through tailored workshops and interactive experiences
  • To enable young people to identify and embrace business opportunities through real-world experiences 

Future Sustainability Leaders (FSL) Program

Empowering university students to become the next generation of sustainability leaders

Sustainability Ambassadors Program

Empowering high school students to lead their peers in sustainability

Masdar Knowledge Sessions

A programme of talks led by Masdar experts for students

Youth 4 Sustainability Hub

A dedicated space at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week to educate, empower and inspire youth

Gen Z Survey

The world’s first youth survey on the attitudes of young people towards climate change.