Next Up 2014/2015 applications are open!

Do you wonder what the future holds for our world? Are you concerned about things like climate change, poverty, Indigenous rights, decolonization, public health, education, housing and government policy? Do you believe that global and local issues are connected? Do you feel that our economic system is too 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 end poverty, to deal with conflict peacefully, to fight racism and oppression, 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.

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 both foreign and domestic. 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 — from the non-profit, labour, business and public sectors and from Indigenous, settler and newcomer communities — who are working for a better world.

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Employment Opportunity :: Program Coordinator for Next Up Ottawa

NEXT UP is an intense leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice. We currently have programs in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Ottawa. The program examines many social change topics combining theory, practice, deep thinking and hard skills.

The program provides participants with a look at some of the most pressing domestic and foreign policy issues and where “progressive” thinking is at on these issues. It will ground participants in how change is made in society. Participants will meet innovative change-makers in Ontario— from the non-profit, public and private sectors who are all working for a better world.

We are seeking a focused, passionate, motivated and organized person to be our Ottawa Program Coordinator. The role demands excellent organizational skills and a good knowledge of group dynamics, facilitation and project management.



  • Excellent knowledge of labour, social justice, environmental issues and their interconnections
  • Excellent knowledge of Ottawa/Ontario NGOs, labour, social justice and environmental organizations
  • Experience with social justice campaign work and community-based organizing
  • Ability to work well with participants, volunteers, and committees
  • Experience in community development and public education in order to build the capacity of diverse individuals and communities
  • Experience coordinating projects, campaigns and events
  • Experience creating promotional and educational materials
  • Self-directed and ability to take initiative in a semi-structured work environment
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience with popular education and skills sharing
  • Strong organizational, office coordination and time management skills



  • Capacity to speak French
  • Experience with fund development and securing of resources for programming
  • Ability to research, design and execute workshops for the purposes of capacity building
  • Experience with program design and development



Coordinating all aspects of the Next Up Ottawa program which include: workshop coordination, attending program sessions, coordinating workshop guests, working with Ottawa participants, liaising with coordinators in other cities, coordinate advisory committee meetings, the possibility of delivering some sessions, representing Next Up at events.


This is a part-time (2 days a week) contract position from August 27th, 2014 through May 31, 2015. The position is remunerated at a rate of $21.50/hour.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday August 6th, 2014. Interviews will take place in Ottawa on August 14th and the successful candidate should be available to come to Vancouver for training from August 27th – 30th.


We welcome and value the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to our organization, and encourage Indigenous people, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQI, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to apply.



To apply:


By email: Please name your resume firstname_lastnameCV.doc and email your application to or call 306-321-5097 for more information


By mail:

Next Up Ottawa Hiring Committee c/o the CCPA

Suite 500 – 251 Bank Street

Ottawa, Ontario

K2P 1X3


In Ontario, Next Up partners with the Broadbent Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.


Next Up thanks all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Summer program for young indigenous leaders in Saskatchewan approaches

Max Fineday

Max FineDay, NU Sask 1 Alum & Summer Program Co-Coordinator

A new Advisory Committee made up primarily of Indigenous leaders has been created in Saskatchewan to help plan the first ever intensive Next Up program – a model that covers some of the core content of Next Up in a five day period. In addition to core sessions like organizing & campaigning, purpose and storytelling, the participants will learn about anti-racism skills, environmental justice, housing & homelessness, and more sessions chosen by the New Advisory. Participant selection took place in May. As usual, we had to make difficult decisions but we are very happy with the diverse group of participants that will be joining us from all over Saskatchewan including La Loche, La Ronge, Beauval, Cumberland House, Little Pine First Nation, Regina & Prince Albert. We are grateful for the funding we have received for this program from the Saskatoon Health Region and the Multicultural Organization of Saskatchewan.  The coordinators and facilitation team for this program include Max FineDay (NU Sask 1 Alum) and Kari-Dawn Wuttunee (NU Sask 2 Alum).