Next Up Leadership Program

August 25, 2016
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Do you wonder what the future holds for our world? Are you concerned about things like climate change, poverty, public health and education, housing and government policy? Do you believe that global and local issues are connected? Do you feel that our economic system is focused on profit at the expense of people and the planet? Do you believe it is possible for us, as communities, to do things differently at home and abroad, to eradicate poverty, to deal with conflict peacefully, to rise to the climate challenge fairly, and to ensure everyone has access to good public health and education services?

If you answered yes to many of the questions above, this program may be for you.The people organizing Next Up come from a wide range of backgrounds: public policy, community activism, labour, the non-profit sector, and research. We are all involved in social and environmental justice work. We’ve created this program because we believe that a better world is not just possible, but an imperative.

Next Up was created by a community of people who wanted to help emerging leaders (that’s you!) develop new and better skills, smarts and ideas. The program is intense. Over 7 months, we’ll dive into a number of topics and disciplines, combining theory, practice, deep thinking, and hard skills. We’ll look at some of the most pressing policy issues facing the country. We will consider where “progressive” thinking is on these issues and how to solve them. We’ll look at how change is made in society. And we’ll meet some of the most innovative change-makers in our cities — from the non-profit, labour, business and public sectors — who are working for a better world.

We believe that good solutions to the biggest issues are out there, and can be realized. We have different approaches to teaching and learning, but we all believe that a new generation of progressive leaders is needed and should be supported.

Next Up is a growing network of social change leaders across Canada. The program is a partnership between several organizations with region specific partnerships that help make the program happen in each region.

In Next Up you’ll learn more about yourself and your values, and about how to turn ideas into actions. You’ll be challenged with new ways of thinking, provocative speakers, inspiring mentors and fascinating guests. You’ll discuss solutions to problems like poverty and climate change. You’ll learn skills in areas like media relations, issue framing, project development, fundraising and facilitation.

You will meet people working in different areas of public policy and social change. And you’ll connect and work with people in your community doing innovative social and environmental change work. Our goal is to equip you with the skills and tools needed to become an effective leader in movements for social and environmental change.

Next Up Participants are: 

  • Aged 18–32
  • Passionate about changing the way the world works, and committed to being active at the centre of social change
  • Certain that there are better ways for us to take care of each other and the planet
  • Willing to take a risk, join a team, and learn more about yourself
  • People with leadership qualities (although leadership experience is not necessarily required)

The Next Up Leadership Program is currently accepting aaplications for their October - May programs in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Ottawa.

Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Ottawa applications are due September 19, 2016. 

Regina and Winnipeg applications are due October 7, 2016.

For more details and to apply please visit Nextup.ca

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