About Us

Strategic Youth Network

Strategic Youth Network For Development

The Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) was established in September 2008 with the aim of contributing to youth development interventions in Ghana.  Our vision is to achieve environmental sustainability through active youth inclusion in the governance of climate related thematic areas. SYND aims to be a bridge between Ghanaian government and youth on climate and other environmental related issues. Our primary goal is to reduce fossil fuel related emissions through youth inclusion in:

  1. Governance of the natural resources and
  2. Formulation, implementation and review of existing environmental sector policies, programs, and projects from local to national level.

We believe that it is critical to engage young people actively in climate-related decisions as it will not only help them cope or adapt to climate impacts but also will guarantee the sustainability of interventions by duty bearers or policymakers in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our key strategies to achieve our vision and goal are conducting research on climate change-related issues from the youth perspective; developing communication and advocacy materials such as policy briefs, position papers, fact sheets, and case studies; training young people as key actors contributing to the planning and implementation of climate and other environmental interventions at all levels of the decision making, and mobilizing young people for non-violent demonstrations or walk-in demands for climate actions.


Our Areas Of Work

Climate Change



Energy Access

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Our Vision, Mission, Values & Approach

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To help achieve environmental sustainability through the development and active participation of young people in managing the environment through policy formulation, programs planning and implementation of projects and activities to sustain society.


  • Influencing environmental policies positively from the youth perspective
  • Assisting decision makers to planning and implementation of environmental framework, programs and projects satisfactorily
  • Working locally and nationally with area businesses, community leaders and neighbors to improve the environmental well being of our community that creates cleaner and safer neighborhoods.
  • Dedicated to environmental improvements that foster a sustainable future.


  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Creativity


We address the subject of youth development by taking into consideration two important aspects – extrinsic and intrinsic factors.

Intrinsic factors suggest that we deal directly with youth as individuals through various outreach programs or initiatives. We enable youth to discover and develop their talents through several stages which are based on key leadership principles.

Extrinsic factors deals with the environment in which the youth find themselves. We provide opportunity for the youth to contribute meaningfully in decision-making processes and government policies that directly or indirectly affect them. We conduct research in various aspects concerning youth for the attention of development partners, donors, civil society organizations and governments, which are critical for global development.


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