Who are “we” and why did we create this program?
Next Up began in 2006 and in the 8 years since then, has grown from one to six cities across Canada. 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. 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 partnership: between the Global Youth Education Network Society, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Parkland Institute, CCEDNET Manitoba, the Broadbent Institute and a number of environmental, labour and civil society organizations from across Canada. The Global Youth Education Network Society (genius) is a non-profit organization that works with young people on projects connected to democracy, social and environmental justice and social change leadership. The projects of genius include Get Your Vote On and Next Up.
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