Patrick Arnold - 10 Billion Strong - Environmental Leadership Accelerator & Launchpad Summit

10 Billion Strong – Environmental Leadership Accelerator & Launchpad Summit

Date grant awarded: February 5, 2020

We work towards long-term sustainability through a portfolio of programs, which create opportunities for young people across the world to learn, connect, and act on critical environmental issues. Our programs include in-person summits, virtual training and community building, longer term fellowships, and chapter-based communities across the U.S. and globally. As environmental crises progress, we are finding an increasing need for avenues of sustainability-focused policy change and action, support networks, and innovative human collaboration.

This grant will support a three-month virtual leadership accelerator that has enrolled 14 emerging leaders from six Sub-Saharan African countries who are making important contributions towards sustainability in their communities and beyond. We’re working with them to expand and deepen their impact, in addition to sharing best practices across borders. The grant will also support a Launchpad Summit for university-aged leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal of the summit is to recognize existing student contributions from across the region, develop their leadership skills, and create action plans for next steps.