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 5 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 Canadian policy issues both foreign and domestic—and consider progressive ways to solve them. We’ll look at how change is made in society. We’ll meet some of the most innovative change-makers in Manitoba — from the non-profit, labour, business and public sectors and from Indigenous, settler and newcomer communities— who are working for a better world.
For the 2014 - 2015 year, Climate Change will be our lens for the program. Not every session will be exclusively about climate change, but we will look at how climate change is impacting the issues and solutions that we explore in the program: How will Climate Change impact Indigenous communities, public services, homelessness and poverty, immigration, democracy, food, our economy and how we approach our individual areas of focus? What is climate justice and how do we build it? We will look at what Climate Change means for social change work in Canada and globally as well as what kind of action is needed.
You don’t have to be an expert on climate change to apply for this years program - just curious and ready to work for change.
Who should apply? You 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
- Someone with leadership qualities (though leadership experience is not necessarily required)
What level of commitment is required from me, and when?
By joining Next Up you’re committing yourself to an extraordinarily rigorous and exciting program. The program runs from January 23, 2015 – May 26, 2015, and during that time you will:
- Attend one evening session per week (Tuesday evenings 6-9pm)
- Attend one day-long weekend session per month (Generally Saturdays from 10-4pm)
- Connect with various community leaders during mutually convenient times
- Explore and take action on an issue or topic of social change that you’re passionate about