Who we are!

Training, Education and Empowerment for Neighborhood Sustainability (TEENS) is a local (NGO) organization registered in 2007 (Statutory Act 1989) focused on Climate Change by educating, training and empowering communities. Over the years we have grown to promote and support  rights of youth, women, PWDs and other marginalized groups i.e. refugees view of  climate change with a human rights lens. Our main purpose is to influence attitudes of  communities by addressing WASH, advocacy Cultural/ecological heritage conservation,  Natural resource justice, renewable energy promotion, and access to sustainable Mobility options in cities and communities.

As promoters of the Green Economy  and smart cities/communities,  the organization is the leading CSO in Uganda in the implementation of SDG11# in Uganda.

Our partners are UN Habitat (Energy & Transport), UNEP (Food security), MoLHUD (Urban Development/Housing, MoWT/KCCA/WRI/CEDAT-MUK/TUMI-GIZ/FES (Transport),  CCFU (Cultural Access) , HRCU (Rights for HRDs), EMLI/CAN-U (Climate Change), M0WE (Wetlands conservation) & GGGI on Green growth.

The organization is a member of Shelter & Settlement Alternatives, Climate Action Network, Environmental Alert ( ENR-CSO Network, RECSO), Uganda Sustainable Transport Network, Civil Society coalition of Transport and IPAS Africa Alliance (Health).

Each year, the organization reaches out to more than 700 young people through TEENS Clubs, Think Tanks, Networks/partnership Platforms, internships and volunteer opportunities.

The organization also contributes to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to reflect commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Periodic Review Report.

Vision:

“A society of youth & women with various opportunities.”

Mission:

“Building a society of healthy, skilled and empowered youth & women who are able to lead change in their communities.”

DEPARTMENTS:

Advocacy: We advocate for inclusive policies (across sectors) focusing on participation of youth & women.

  • Climate Change/Environment Management/Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Sustainable Urban Development (National Urban Policy)
  • Active Mobility (Non-Motorized Transport), Urban Mobility Strategy
  • Sustainable Forestry (National Forest Policy)/Bamboo Strategy
  • Conservation of Wetlands/Peatlands (Wetlands policy)
  • Sustainable Urban Food systems (Urban Agricultural Extension)

Operations:

  • Demonstrate inclusive urban planning/development to advocate for smart cities and communities in implementation of SDG11#.
  • Implement Create methods to advocate for the implementation of NMT policy in promotion of active mobility  (walk/cycle) as of Public transport.
  • Use critical mass to conserve Uganda’s Natural Resource Capital including wetlands, forests, through renewable energy training and awareness and WASH,
  • Promote heritage education among young people increase access to cultural assets for future generation.