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Sustainability Mentorship Programme

Malaysia's first and largest sustainability mentorship.

Since 2020, we've been running our annual UN SDG-aligned Sustainability Mentorship Programme aimed at:

Connecting aspiring youths with industry professionals to support youths in their journey within the environmental sector.

Enriching, inspiring, and informing youths who are seeking guidance on how to navigate their career path within sustainability-related fields.

Empowering young individuals to enact positive change within the environmental industry and make valuable & lasting contributions to society and to future generations.

Highlighting the intersection of sustainability with major career fields like finance, law, policy, technology, etc.

Shaping future leaders and environmental advocates.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In collaboration with Roots & Shoots Malaysia, YUFE hopes to boost Malaysia's green talent pool, and collectively advance Malaysia's progress towards achieving the UN SGDs.

Through this mentorship programme, we aim to fulfill 6 SGDs:


Quality Education by connecting youths to experienced industry experts and providing life-long learning opportunities for all.


Decent Work and Economic Growth by supporting youth career development, employment productivity, and sustainable economic growth.

SDG 10

 Reduce Inequalities by offering free learning opportunities, accessible to all regardless of socio-economic background.

SDG 13

Climate Action by endowing youths with specialised skills & knowledge to combat climate change and its impacts.

SDG 16

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by creating a community appreciative of the value of sustainable development, accountability, and inclusiveness at all levels.

SDG 17

Partnership for the Goals by improving and reinforcing the means of executing this program through local/global partnerships for sustainable development.

Programme Structure

1. Mentee Applications Open

8th Apr 2024

2. Virtual Mentorship Launch

15th June 2024

3. Mentorship Programme takes place

15th June – 15th October 2024

4. Virtual Closing Ceremony

2nd Nov 2024

Programme Module

1. Self Awareness

  • Reflecting upon one’s life journey and the various milestones achieved in personal, educational, and work aspects.

2. Career Guidance

  • Listing core values and strengths
  • Reflecting on past work experiences
  • Evaluating possible career paths

3. Planning Ahead

  • Reviewing CVs and building upon interview skills
  • Goal setting for the future
  • Introduction to relevant youth organisations to aid in youth mobilisation

4. Nurturing Passion

  • Reflecting upon what constitutes ‘meaningful’ employment
  • Navigating potential industry and career-specific challenges
  • Identifying specific hard and soft skills needed for the relevant career
  • Impact for change
  • Discussing best practices for career transitions

Join Us

Become A Mentor

Becoming a mentor in this program means that you will be able to:

  • Influence and impact the journey of a young individual – whose shoes you may have been in previously – to better realise their aspirations within the given industry.
  • Form mutually enriching connections, where you will be able to benefit from an expanded ability to guide others, and meet individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Give back by helping shape Malaysia’s future leaders and environmental advocates.
  • A sense of fulfilment and a potentially lifelong friendship!

Time Commitment:

  • 4 hours in total for one mentee within a 4-month span (but the precise duration is flexible; to be discussed between Mentor & Mentee).
  • Mentors are asked to take on at least one Mentee, however are always welcome to take on more if they wish.
  • Attend the ‘How To Be A Good Mentor’ session virtually.

Application Deadline: 30th April 2024

Become A Mentee

You will be able to:

  • Gain access to practical insights, knowledge, and advice directly from experts within your chosen industry.
  • Navigate and plan your career path with the guidance of experienced and accomplished individuals who may have once been in your shoes.
  • Expand your professional and personal network by connecting with like-minded individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds.


  • A total of 4 hours within a 4-month span (the precise duration is flexible; discussed between Mentor & Mentee).
  • Attend two one-hour capacity-building sessions virtually.
  • Attend the ‘How To Be A Good Mentee’ session virtually.
  • Take initiative during meetings and be punctual.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

Application Deadline: 30th April 2024


“This mentorship program was for me really well planned and organised. The activities really helped the students develop certain skills and how to better plan their future career.

It is so useful that it also helped me see some things a bit differently about myself and my work too.”
- Dr. Priscillia Miard, Wildlife Researcher and Conservation Biologist
“I was a mentor in the first instalment and I must say it's one of the best-organised mentorship programmes that I have participated in."
-Luanne Sieh, SENIOR Md AND Head of Group Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at CIMB (MENTOR)
This mentorship was one of the best experiences I've had in the pursuit of being a sustainable architect.

It is very hard to find someone who shares the same passions as you and will push you in the right direction. In my case, my mentor is someone who has "made it" and has contributed so much to this field. Therefore, I felt that it was a very knowledgeable sharing session as well as a great boost in motivation and confidence for me.

I did feel very lost before this due to many external factors which affects the current field of architecture in general but this mentorship has shown me how important this whole journey is and how I must have a direction and a strong sense of perseverance to go down this path.
-anise kaz, mentorship 2021 (MENTEE)
“I really enjoyed being a part of this programme as it not [only] provides an opportunity to prepare the younger generation for the benefits but also [the] reality of a career in conservation, the environment, or sustainability.

I think it's also beneficial to the mentors as it also allows them to reflect on their educational, career, and life choices, and facilitate their ability to communicate their work and the importance of their work with others.” (Mentorship 2021)
- melisa chan, Assistant Manager for Programmes at MyKasih Foundation; Experienced in Marine Conservation (MENTOR)
The exposure that was given to me was humanising and personal, especially in the area that I was interested in which was media. Connecting it to sustainability and science through this mentorship program provided me with all the necessary guidance and support to realise the importance of media and sustainability in ways that I didn't grasp before. Being a part of the team with other mentees who have similar interests and passion pushed me to involve myself more in advocating for better sustainability promises and practices in the future in multiple areas.
- Ungku Luqman 'Arifin Bin Ungku Azmi, Mentorship 2021 (MENTEE)
This mentorship programme has been nothing but insightful for my career and personal development. I am so grateful to have a mentor who is not only intelligent in her field of work but also genuine and attentive. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the environmental & sustainability industry!
-Chanel Ng, mentorship 2021 (MENTEE)


Yes. Due to limited slots, only shortlisted mentees will be selected to join this programme. To stand out, mentees should demonstrate a clear track record of potential and passion for environmental issues as a career. Mentees from all academic backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Fully Virtual.

 – The program will be hosted through an online portal by Future Lab.

 – Mentors and mentees will be guided on how to use the online portal.

Yes, mentors will be volunteering their time.

Yes, it is up to the Mentor and Mentee to organise more sessions if they wish.

We will match mentees based on Mentee’s professional goals (such as industry of preference), as well as personality type.

Yes, a Certificate of Participation will be issued via email to mentees.

Modules are as listed:

1: Self Awareness

2: Career Guidance

3: Planning Ahead – Career Development

4: Nurturing Passion & Consistent Impact


Each module includes several activities, tasks and possible questions aimed at providing a general framework to help guide each session.


The full structure will be available to Mentors and Mentees.