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About Us


Through our international award-winning approach, we are creating a generation of leaders with the skills, sense-of-self and spark to address tough challenges and initiate innovate and creative solutions. Motivated by a strong sense of possibility and purpose, these young leaders are modeling true grassroots entrepreneurship through building community stewardship, fostering regenerative resilience and making a stand for justice and equality for people and the planet.

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SERES is truly committed to empowering young leaders locally and supporting a culture of inclusion that fosters diversity and encourages everyone to strive towards leadership opportunities. 95% of SERES’ staff are local, and almost half of the SERES board and two thirds of the staff are former SERES youth leaders, placing the organization in a unique position to understand the context where we are working.


Internationally recognized after receiving the inaugural UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development in 2015, SERES is one of the leading organizations worldwide that works to combat complex social, environmental and economic challenges by cultivating and catalyzing young leaders to take action at the local, regional, national and international levels.


At SERES, we work hard to ensure transparency, accountability and good governance in all aspects of our operations. SERES has achieved the Gold Seal of Transparency Rating on GuideStar, putting the organization in the top 0.5% of charities in terms of transparency. The Gold Seal of Transparency indicates that the organization shares clear and important information with the public about our goals, strategies, achievements and progress indicators that highlight the difference that SERES is making in the world.

“No other institution or organization is offering such holistic and safe learning spaces as SERES does. Thanks for everything.”

Marta Vargas, SERES Ambassador

“SERES means a lot in my life. It’s a circle of friendship for learning, transformation and personal growth. It’s a place of trust and confidence. As a SERES facilitator, I get to transmit all of this to other people”

Wilson Sánchez, SERES Facilitator

“The tools that SERES teaches us help us to replicate the work in our communities…we can reach more people, empower more youth, and make our action plans at the local level known at the regional level.”

Julio Tojín, SERES Ambassador

“The spaces that SERES provides are places where we can be our full selves – the good and the bad – and that’s always something to appreciate. I feel valued because here it’s not your academic achievements that make a person, it’s the way you think and your ability to keep going…”

Gaspar Laines Juil

“I have felt included and connected from the minute that I became involved (in SERES). It has helped me grow in my own personal leadership. SERES never tells me what to do, but they support me to make the decisions that are right for me.”

Axel Salanic

“To feel that I’m a part of a movement at the level of UNESCO has confirmed for me that I am doing valuable things. I’m fortunate to belong to this global movement for action”

Antonio Cruz Sanchez, SERES co-founder
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