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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Environment, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: SustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. Through proactive education and advocacy at the policy-making level and at the grassroots, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. We strive to reflect our values through the diversity of members and projects, our ongoing commitment to educating ourselves and others, and the way we live our lives.

Target demographics: youth 13-26

Geographic areas served: United States of America

Programs: Sustainus agents of changes delegates attended the united nations cop19 conference in warsaw, poland to bring youth voices to the international climate negotiations. Our total donations for this event were $3,396. We provided stipends to youth attending retreats and planning sessions in preparation for the conference.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is an incredible organization full of brilliant and inspiring young people. SustainUS provides the opportunity to live what you are passionate about!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is one of the most unique organizations I have ever been involved with, bridging two very diverse worlds of high level international policymaking and local political participation and awareness raising. The opportunity that SustainUS provides for U.S. youth to be truly engaged as global citizens is invaluable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS does a better job connecting young people to actual important policymaking decisions than any other organization. In all seriousness, SustainUS exposes young changemakers to situations that youth would have been excluded from without such a well-meaning organization. Access to politicians and deliberations about the futute is key to all young people looking to make a difference, and SustainUS provides that inside access. Truly a phenomenal organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS is the most effective youth empowerment organization I have ever encountered. I have never seen so many intelligent, deeply committed young people so organized. The young volunteers who run the organization consistently make strategic, consensus-based decisions that empower more youth to become environmental leaders.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

A fantastic example of an effective, youth led organization. I attended the UN climate conference (COP 16) with Sustain US, and was impressed by the level of organization that went into preparing for the conference; we had regular conference calls and wrote policy statements prior to the conference. I was honored to be a part of this youth delegation, because of its professional nature. At the conference, we had daily meeting as we coordinated our efforts and kept updated on the conference's progress. I was able to have accreditation to COP16 and to be involved in an ambitious youth-led delegation because of SustainUS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My involvement with SustainUS has been very rewarding on two fronts. First, as a member of one of its US youth delegations to the United Nations climate change talks, I had the opportunity to take part in a very enriching program. I not only had the chance to participate in a UN conference, but I also gained from the six-month preparation process with other young people who had already been to such conferences. The informal, peer-to-peer education that SustainUS's Agents of Change programs foster was invaluable for me.

I was so impressed by the strength of its programs that I decided to become a volunteer program coordinator. Filling this role has been equally enriching, as I have had the pleasure of bringing new young people into the organization and presenting them with the resources and opportunities associated with the Agents of Change program.

SustainUS is providing a highly valuable service to young people in the US. Also, in engaging internationally, whether with other youth or with governments, the organization is furthering the impact of youth engagement in sustainable development and therefore contributing in a much broader way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteerism at its best. SustainUS is a youth-run organization that empowers individuals to have their voices heard in the international environmental policy-making process.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SustainUS has had an influential role in empowering international climate action. A youth inspired, youth led organization, it has engaged with members of President Obama's cabinet, International Ambassadors, United Nations NGO Observers, and youth from around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

SustainUS is simply the most organized, prominent, and knowledgeable youth organization that attends United Nations negotiations. Their role in organizing youth from the United States and around the world to speak about issues that concern youth is unparalleled.

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Amanda F.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was first involved with SustainUS in 2005, as a college sophomore excited about the opportunity to go to the UN headquarters and observe the processes there first-hand. Six years later, I'm still involved because I believe in SustainUS' mission of empowering youth and bringing youth voices to UN proceedings. SustainUS, while fulfilling this objective beyond expectations, still needs to find a way to a) engage youth who are interested in these issues on an ongoing basis, not just around UN delegations and b) reach out to youth, who would otherwise come, were it not for financial reasons, and access appropriate grants etc. to support their attendance.

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