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Our activities focus on building capacities and empowering young people towards action on the energy transition.

We offer a unique, non-formal, hands-on disruptive approach to learning through a variety of activities such as practical workshops, academies, knowledge product development, training and mentoring.

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Youth Energy Academy (YEA)

The YEA empowers and inspires people to take a leading role in the energy transition.

Equip young people with the hard and soft skills and tools to design, implement and build small-scale sustainable energy projects. Foster leadership, entrepreneurship and a “can-do” attitude, by encouraging young people to develop and apply skills in developing projects in their communities.

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The Youth Energy Academy (YEA) is an intensive learning experience with a program designed to guide youths from diverse backgrounds towards developing a wholesome understanding about the role of renewable energy applications for sustainable development in communities. The program provides youths with actionable knowledge and skills to become agents of change in the transition to a renewable energy future.

The YEA program blends SEYN’s Energy Academies and Energy Mastercourses to combine theory-based and hands-on sessions. The YEA model uses collaborative or do-it-together (DiT) approaches to focus on distributed, community-oriented solutions, harnessing young people’s creativity and fearlessness to drive inspired action.

Since 2019, SEYN has conducted several iterations of the YEA in close collaboration with partners, targeting young adults (mostly in their twenties) who are passionate about sustainability, renewable energy, community development, entrepreneurship, and climate action, and related subjects. A collaborative and youth-driven effort itself, YEA has engaged an international and diverse group of young people overcoming differences of training backgrounds, experience-levels, gender identity, among others to build a network of ambassadors for sustainable energy for communities.

The YEA Objectives

YEA's Theory of Change

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YEA in Asia

SEYN has partnered with the Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS-RECAP), which has sponsored YEA editions in Asia since 2019, and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT-RRCAP), our main implementation partner.
SEYN is always open to new partnerships and collaborations to implement the Youth Energy Academy in Asia and in other locations around the globe.

YEA Approach

The YEA follows a practical approach that blends theory sessions with hands-on, experiential workshops to foster participants' creativity, problem-solving skills, a sense of empowerment and ownership. Over 8 modules, participants collaboratively explore solutions to current energy challenges, learn from case studies, field visits and inspiring stories by other youth, build their own simple solar energy applications, while designing actionable project ideas.

YEA Structure

Delivered over 7 days, the learning experience starts before the actual Academy, during the online pre-YEA work, where participants are tasked to (re)conceptualize and reframe their problems and project ideas through the use of design thinking exercises and tools. It carries on after the YEA finishes where selected winning teams get online mentoring sessions with relevant experts to support project implementation.

7 Theory Modules

Energy Trilemma

DRE Solutions

People Power

DRE on the Ground

Resource Mobilization

Social Business

Idea to Action

+ 1 Practical Module

Do It Together

Workshops & Events

Intensive hands-on workshops on Do-It-Yourself-And-Together

Intensive hands-on workshops on Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together renewable energy technologies with a focus on solar applications based on a learn-by-doing approach.

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Our workshops offer a non-formal, hands-on experience, combining theory and practice on renewable energy, community building and collaborative work. We facilitate playful and purposeful interaction fostering participants' autonomy and independence.

Participants gain basic knowledge about energy, electricity, renewable energy applications, energy system design and training on the safe use of power tools. They are actively involved in building and installing small-scale off-grid renewable energy-powered systems.
You will leave knowing how to build your own energy systems and so much more! Trust us!

Our workshops include:

- 10-day Mastercourses;
- Energy Weekends;
- Tailored virtual and in-person workshops.

Just - Youth Energy Academy

YEA in Just Transition Regions

This project aims to empower young people to become active players in promoting an inclusive and participative energy transition in Portuguese territories that have been most dependent on carbon-intensive industries: the Just Transition Fund (JTF) regions, focusing on Alentejo Litoral (case study), due to the sudden closure of the Sines thermal power plant and the resulting loss of jobs. The Just-YEA is supported by EuTeens4Green and funded by the European Union.

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The Just YEA aims to:

    • Enable young people from the just transition fund regions to take an active role in the energy transition by providing;
    • Foster intra-and entrepreneurial skills among participants through social business and resource mobilization sessions, enabling them to develop project ideas, and supporting the integration of renewable energy (RE) applications;
    • Demonstrate the importance of developing "green skills" and create new vocational opportunities in JTF regions that have high rates of youth unemployment, and face variable or uncertain employment;
    • Create opportunities for youth exchanges at the European Level with virtual masterclasses;
    • Map relevant stakeholders and build a network to leverage resources and partners in the JTF regions allowing to scale-up the program afterwards as well as scaling-deep by providing meaningful support to alumni in implementing projects.

The project will run until April 2024. Click here for more details about the project activities.

Actionable Resources & Knowledge Products

Easy to use and for everybody.

As we aim to increase the capacity of youth to act towards a just and sustainable energy future, we continuously work to develop actionable resources that are accessible and easy to use by everyone.

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These resources include tools, knowledge products and educational materials such as instructions on building your own renewable energy applications, DIY kits, guides and relevant content on organizing and facilitating your own actions but also a beautiful children’s book to introduce the youngest generation to the key resources of our planet.

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Mentoring & Team Building

As part of our Youth Energy Academies we provide mentoring and team building activities to participants using a variety of tools and methods and relying on outstanding external experts in various fields.

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Our mentoring support starts before the Academy begins with online preparatory work using virtual collaborative platforms and design thinking tools for idea development. It continues during the event with after-hour individual sessions with teams to work on specific challenges using tools like the social business canvas or the Problem/Objective tree. After the YEA, the teams that win the seed funding award are also granted a pack of mentoring hours with SEYN trainers and guest experts on teams’ specific needs to support project development.

SEYN is always looking for enthusiastic individuals that wish to become part of our trainers & mentors teams! If you are interested please let us know here.

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