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Next Up is a leadership program for young people committed to environmental and social justice. Our goal is to equip you with the skills and tools needed to become an effective leader in movements for social and environmental change. We offer programs of varying lengths and we focus on 7 cities across Canada: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, and Ottawa. If you want to learn more about what we do, click here.

Call-outs for program applications will be posted on this page, as they are announced. If you want to receive an email when we announce new programs, please subscribe to email updates on the front page of our website. 

 

Climate Leadership Program FAQ

Who can participate?

We are looking for 20 people who are on leadership pathways in organizations that do not necessarily have climate change as their core focus. For example, past program participants have had continuing roles in: education, health care, the private sector, First Nations bands, government, the labour movement, the energy sector, cooperatives, not-for-profits that focus on newcomers, and so on.


We value the contributions people from equity-seeking groups bring to our organization, leadership, and movement building. We encourage applications from LGBTTQ+ people, Indigenous peoples, people of colour, low-income earners and the unemployed, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities or another equity seeking group with which you identify.

What are the dates for the CLP?

  • March 2/4 Kananaskis Country Retreat, U of C Barrier Lake BioGeoscience Centre
  • March 24, 2-5 pm Edmonton, Climate Check in 
  • April 6/8 Edmonton workshop weekend.
  • April 21, 2-5 pm Calgary Climate Check in
  • May 4/6 Calgary workshop weekend, University of Alberta, downtown Calgary campus
  • May 25/27 Red Deer Retreat, Red Deer College
  • June 15/17 Kananaskis retreat, U of C Barrier Lake BioGeoscience centre

Can I miss a session?

No.

The structure of the CLP means that missing out will be disruptive to the other participants and to your own understanding of the content and skills that are part of each weekend. Because a portion of each session is devoted to collaborative project work, attendance is mandatory.

The resources to offer the CLP represent a large investment of skill and planning by the facilitators and guests, as well as considerable financial support from our donors. Every year there are more applicants that participant places, so by accepting a spot in the CLP, you are taking someone else's opportunity.

We strongly encourage applicants to be certain that they can fully participate in all of the CLP sessions before applying.

Participants who are unable to fully attend the program may be asked to withdraw.

It there an age requirement?

Yes.

The CLP is for people 25 and older, who have been active in their organization/sector for at least two years and who intend to continue to be involved there over the next 3-5 years.

What's the cost?

There is a sliding scale fee

  • $1000 (professional development)
  • $400 (employed)
  • $200 (lower income)
  • Fully funded scholarships, as appropriate.

Arrangements for childcare are available to support participants’ individual situations.

When is the application due?

Applications are due at noon, February 5, 2018.

They can be sent by email to: calgary@nextup.ca, or delivered to: Mike Byerley c/o Alberta EcoTrust Foundation, 100 1711 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0K1

Do I need references?

Sort of. We don't require a letter of reference. We do require the name of a person that we can contact if we want to know more about your leadership and organizational involvements. This person should be someone who is familiar with your leadership skills, and who understands your interest and potential as a climate leader. We'll need the name, phone number and email for your reference person. You should make certain that your reference knows that you're applying for the CLP, and that they might be contacted by us.