About Next Up

Next Up is a leadership program for young people committed to environmental and social justice. We run programs across the country to train and grow emerging progressive leadership.

Next Up was created with the belief that a better world is not just possible, but is imperative, and that we must support young leaders if we are to find solutions to our collective challenges. We believe in this mission now, more than ever.

Created in 2006 in Vancouver, 2016 marks Next Up’s 10th Anniversary. We now offer our 8-month program to cohorts in 7 cities across Canada annually: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg & Ottawa.

We’ve also expanded to run the following programs:

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Our network of social change leaders is growing: 534 people have graduated from the program so far, and Next Up alumni are making waves across sectors and issues – from labour, politics, and academia, to arts, service, and grassroots activism. Check out our 2016 Alumni Report for information on our grads and what they value about Next Up.

Next Up wouldn’t be possible without the support of our valued donors, supporting organizations, and our partner organizations.


For more information on Next Up, visit Who We Are and What We Do. For more information about applying to Next Up, click here.

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