The world and the society in which we live are now in constant change and actions and strategies are increasingly necessary to favor an inclusive and sustainable evolution in all aspects. Young people are the fulcrum of this change and it is important that they become the protagonists of the present, to ensure that they are active and aware individuals for the future!
YES! Youth Empowerment for Sustainability is the Fondazione Santagata's programme fully dedicated to youth engagement and empowerment.
The programme aims at:
  • - encouraging the activation of bottom-up local development processes with young people as protagonists
  • - increasing awareness of the value and uniqueness of cultural resources of the territories
  • - mobilizing girls and boys and creating a generation of lifelong supporters in order to develop sustainable development goals and actions
  • - creating a network of operators and local institutions interested in the construction of a functional governance for the development of new projects, which has an element of distinction in young people.

With this aim, Fondazione Santagata has developed a series of processes and models of intervention, which have given concrete results and impacts, and which are declined and modified according to the work context, the intervention needed, the age of the children involved.
As creator of the program, Fondazione Santagata has developed and launched a series of interventions and projects in collaboration with institutions, bodies and managers UNESCO recognized sites.



MaB UNESCO Monviso Youth Camp

The project, born in 2018 and repeated every year, was the first one conceived and implemented within YES!. It is aimed at raising awareness, involving and training young people aged 15 to 18 who live in the cross-border territory of Monviso, with a focus on the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program and the Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
The project born from the collaboration between Monviso Park (manager of the Monviso Transboundary Biosphere Reserve), Fondazione Santagata and Cooperativa Caracol .
Summer School Area Marina Protetta Miramare

Summer School Miramare Biosphere Reserve - 2020

We collaborate in the design and implementation of the Summer School dedicated to the sustainability of the Miramare MaB Reserve, with the aim of making young participants aware of the issues related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Program.
The initiative is organized in collaboration with WWF Italy , Miramare Marine Protected Area and the Prealpi Giulie Natural Park .


The YES! programme was selected with other 28 sustainable and innovative solutions projects for the Mediterranean Youth Solutions Report 2021 released by SDSN Youth Mediterranean, the regional team of volunteers of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) – Youth, to bring together concrete examples of youth engagement in the SDGs field.