The STTA Young Change Makers Program

The Young Change Makers program by Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda and partners( Uniglobe Let’s Go Travel, African Fund For Endangered Species, State Department Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife and Kenyan Universities) is an initiative for actively engaging undergraduate university students pursuing tourism and conservation degree courses in sustainable development.

The main aim of the program is to mentor young sustainability ambassadors, empowered with knowledge and skills, and who can be relied on for innovative ideas and solutions to the challenges we face today in the tourism and conservation sector

How The Program Works

1. Knowledge Safe Space:
Monthly Inter-University Seminars

Every month, the Young Change Makers Organizes free inter universities seminar on sustainable tourism and conservation. Hosting institutions provide a hosting date, propose a topic of discussion and provide space for hosting the seminar. STTA mobilizes university students from different institutions to participate and engages motivation speakers from private and public businesses, organizations, institutions and agencies to present and discuss with the students on particular issues in sustainable tourism and conservation.

2. Motivation Safe Space:

The STTA Young Change Makers Program engages students in essay and social media sustainable tourism advocacy competitions. The best students essays are published in the STTA Sustainable Tourism East Africa Report. The best students in the essay, twit and community awareness competitions also are  sponsored to attend the annual Green Tourism Summit Africa to Network and present their opinions and share their success.  Students are also sponsored, guided and motivated to assess the sustainability of a tourism experience under the STTA-Uniglobe Let’s Go Travel Utalii Bora (Sustainable Tourism Product Watch) Program and present their experience in the form of a creative responsible tourism blog (

3. Creativity Space:
Problem Solving Internships

The Young Change Makers program gives students the opportunity to solve an industry problem or challenge using their own approach. STTA engages businesses and organizations to present their management challenges to the young innovative students to come up with a solution. The businesses/ organizations provide internship opportunities for students with the best solution to implement their solution at the establishment. Actively engaged students are also picked from time to time from the pool of young change makers to participate in other organization’s events and programs. The best students are also trained by STTA to mentor a community based tourism organization of their choice in their community to do business better. STTA follows the progress of the student and the community based tourism organization for a period of six months.

Innovative Sustainable Tourism Rising star

Using a point award system, Students who have actively engaged and translated learning from the 3 safe spaces will be recognized as Sustainable Tourism Rising Stars. The recognition will come with a certificate, support and linkages that are useful to their career.

Mentor Circle

The Mentor Circles ensures continuity and value for the Young Change Makers Program.  The mentors circle is a pool of knowledge, experience and resources that support development of students in the 3 safe spaces of the program and the Innovative Sustainable Tourism Rising Starts. Partner organizations and alumni of the program are eligible to enter the mentors circle. The circle has there main levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold depending on level of support provided.

Program Partners

Program Partners

Uniglobe Lets Go Travel

African Fund For Endangered Wildlife

State Department Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife

Hosting Kenyan Universities

2019 Hosting Universities

Machakos University-January 2020

Chuka University- February 2020

Technical University of Mombasa- March 2020

United States International University- Africa-May 2020

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology-June 2020

Zetech University-July 2020

University of Nairobi-August 2020

Kenyatta University-September 2020

Maasai Mara University-September 2020

Pwani University-October 2020

Kenya Utalii College-November 2020

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Become a Partner

Become an Institutional Hosting Partner (Reserved for Universities and Colleges)

Become a Knowledge and Skills Development Partner

Become an Innovative Sustainable Tourism Rising Star Partner

To engage email or call +254718127557/+254705283658

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