YES YOUTH ENCOUNTER ON SUSTAINABILITY

The Lab

In the YES labs, 25-35 students and young professionals develop answers to sustainability challenges on-site and at home. The intensive impact labs build entrepreneurial mind-sets and skill-sets for a sustainable future. The unique YES learning approach is practical, empowering, interdisciplinary and intercultural – a truly creative exercise in applied diversity. Since 2000, 47 YES labs have been realized in 14 countries.



  • "To me, YES is really great, because not only did I get connected to people but I also learnt skills as well as strategies to tackle challenges that I really am passionate about."

    Meet likeminded people

     

    Adanna Amaechi, YES Switzerland 2016

     

    studied Public Health

     

    from USA/Nigeria

  • "I have a tourism project, fellow YES participant Josh launches a bee-keeping start-up in Kenya. By working together, we could both refine our business models."

    Develop your business ideas

     

    Ximena Apéstegui, YES Iran 2016

     

    studies development management in London

     

    from Costa Rica

  • "We are grateful YES participants took the time to visit HTW Chur and suggest some concrete steps to be taken by our university to achieve our sustainability objectives."

    Launch campus projects

     

    Lutz E. Schlange. HTW Chur

     

    Head Commission for Sustainability and Responsible Management Education

     

    YES Switzerland 2016 workshop: Making HTW Chur more sustainable

  • "The participants impressed me! These are the talents a global company like Sika has to look for to succeed in a frontier market like Iran."

    Connect to companies

     

    Dr. André Körtel, managing Director, Sika Parsian

     

    Was at YES for two days

     

    Discussed Sika sustainability strategy

  • "I was deeply impressed by the atmosphere and the participants. decided to stay longer to work with them more in-depth - and gained insights about their methodical needs that changed the direction of my research back at the University."

    Experience unique learning and teaching

     

    Andreas Hieronymi, University St. Gallen

     

    Director International Study Programme

     

    led modules on systems thinking at several YES labs

  • "As a consultant for International Finance Cooperation, t is a highlight of my year to challenge and inspire the next generation of global change-makers. I learn as much from YES participants as they learn from me."

    YES Alumni as YES experts

     

    Dr. Nadja Kunz, Water specialist

     

    YES Alumna Slovakia 2006

     

    Led modules on mining, water and resources at YES Switzerland 2015/16

Target group

YES participants are enrolled students or young professionals with early-career experience in industries, businesses, professional associations, think-tanks, public administrations, academic institutions, international organizations, and NGO. They are between 21 and 34 years old, are proficient in English and show a high dedication for sustainability.

Why apply?

ANALYZING CHALLENGES

ASSESSING SOLUTIONS

DEVELOPING ANSWERS

GETTING CONNECTED TO PEOPLE

Learn more about the learning model


Lab impressions: For example YES Switzerland

Under the topic "Making sustainability work – Beyond the Paris Climate Conference: Building mind-sets and skill-sets for a sustainable future", we analyzed local and global challenges and developed own answers. The YES lab took place from 7th to 20th February 2016 in Seewis (Graubünden), a small village in Switzerland.