“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people,
people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” ~ Joanna Macy
At a time when there are more young people on earth than ever before, education is critical. Education not just in the form of knowledge, but also the tools, attitudes and values that will allow our young people to move with skill and clear vision from a place of wisdom to take compassionate action, leading the transition towards a healthy, thriving and peaceful future.
SERES experiential programs in transformative leadership and sustainability education meet this critical need.
Focusing primarily on youth from underprivileged and marginalized communities, these programs help to awaken,
activate and empower young people to take action on those issues that most impact them and their communities.
In hundreds of communities across Guatemala and El Salvador, these programs have been a catalyst for innovative, youth-led community impact projects that are building stronger communities, reducing environmental destruction and creating climate-conscious citizens.
We provide transformative leadership and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) learning opportunities to youth in Central America with poor access to traditional schools and/or the quality of education required to be active and positive contributors to society.
People, Process, Place
Our Theory of Change recognizes that recognizes that fundamental and lasting social change can only be achieved at the intersection of people, process and place – what SERES refers to as P3 or Impact 3.
The TSL framework has been built on this principal, working to incorporate people, process and place by:
– Teaching the tools for transformation through experiential and interactive processes that engage participants at the level of hearts and minds
– Fostering the leadership and growth of whole people and empowering and engaging them as the principal agents of change
– Supporting people to work for change in their place, strengthening their connection to community while building resilience and sustainability from the individual to the societal level
Our 3 Key Strategies
The TSL framework fosters a bi-directional approach to transformation of both breadth and depth through three key strategies:
- Development of core sustainability leadership competencies
- Implementation of Community Action Plans (CAPs)
- Building of a dynamic, highly connected and diverse community of transformative young leaders.
Read more about our Transformative Sustainability Leadership model and programs in our SERES Synopsis 2016, and in our Theory of Change.