Mentor a Young Social Entrepreneur!



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


New York
United States


Do you want to make a difference in the life of a young innovator hoping to start a new social business? Do you want to help communities address tough challenges like lack of healthcare, poor education, or lack of modern energy by giving local youth the skills they need to scale up their idea? This is the opportunity for you!

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is a US-based 501c3 organization that supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all countries in 2015. The SDGs are ambitious goals for the world, such as ending poverty and hunger, achieving universal access to education and healthcare, protecting ecosystems and fighting climate change, and promoting peace and social inclusion.

SDSN Youth, the youth arm of the SDSN, publishes the ​Youth Solutions Report (YSR), which showcases transformative, youth-led initiatives to achieve the SDGs. It features businesses like Liter of Light, which brings safe, solar light to areas without electricity, or Bean Voyage, which works to ensure farmers get a fair share of profits from high-end, sustainably produced coffee.

The young solution-makers featured in the report have a passion for solving the world's most pressing problems, but given their young age, many lack the experience or entrepreneurial skills they need to launch or grow their social business. The Youth Readiness Program is a 16-week accelerator that will help participants build and refine their investor deck. Each week, participants will listen to a 1-hour webinar from an expert, draft a new component of their investment deck, and receive feedback from a mentor on their materials.

The SDSN is currently seeking Mentors to support this project. Mentors will meet with young entrepreneurs via Skype every 2 to 3 weeks to offer general advice, as well as concrete feedback on their materials via the online platform (about 8-10 hours total contribution).




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How To Apply

Please fill out the online expression of interest form to be considered for this volunteer opportunity.