Next Up and Social Justice Beyond the Classroom

The annual Social Justice Beyond the Classroom conference took place on April 9, 2015 and was a success once again! This conference engages students with an opportunity to explore social and environmental justice, develop an aptitude for activism, and connect with fellow youth. Students from across high schools in the Lower Mainland experienced a fun day of interactive learning through attending various workshops of their choice. The event encompassed a wide-range of topics and speakers, including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Mayor Derek Corrigan, Omar Khadr's lawyer Dennis Edney, and Indigenous Hip Hop artist JB the First Lady. Next Up was represented at the conference, as alumna Anjali Appadurai spoke on a Youth Environmental Justice discussion panel, and Spencer Lindsay from this year’s cohort 8 facilitated a decolonization workshop. The day concluded with an uplifting slam poem by Jacqueline Lee-Tam accompanying a musical chant led by Vanessa Richards. The space illuminated as students stood and joined together in singing "We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For", making beautifully loud and clear the voice of youth!

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Next Up SK alumni and Poverty Costs Team lobby together for a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy!

Big news! The Saskatchewan Government has committed to developing and implementing a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy! As one of only two provinces without such a strategy, this is an important step in reducing poverty and improving health in Saskatchewan. This decision is the result of decades of anti-poverty organizing in the province, most recently driven by Poverty Costs campaign, which outlined the cost of poverty and lobbied the provincial government for the strategy.

The campaign, run by partner organizations including Upstream, the Saskatoon Health Region, The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Center, the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership, the Saskatoon Anti Poverty Coalition, and Unite Digital Marketing Co-op, has seen much Next Up influence. NU SK4 grad Rachel Malena-Chan has provided central campaign leadership through her work with Upstream, NU SK3 grad Amanda Guthrie served as campaign coordinator during the summer, and Fred Reiben, who is currently in the SK cohort, provided extensive marketing support through his work with Unite. Elizabeth Roth (current SK cohort) and Hilary Gough (NU SK4) also provided assistance through Upstream’s involvement. What an incredible success for both the Poverty Costs Team and the Next Up Saskatchewan alumni network!

Head to www.povertycosts.ca to learn more.

 

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This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein talks change with Next Up Vancouver alums, 2006 - 2014.  

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Next Up Saskatchewan grads push for poverty reduction strategy

Graduates of Next Up Saskatchewan are part of pushing for a poverty reduction strategy for the province through a campaign called Poverty Costs. 

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Aboriginal youth learn to lead change at camp: NextUp leadership program pilots aboriginal youth camp in Saskatoon

Kevin Millsip is co-founder of Next Up, which now operates in five cities across the country.  He wants to mentor the next generation of grassroots leaders in the social and environmental justice movements.

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Next Up Alumni take lead in DefendUS organizing at U of S

Over the past 18 months students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens have been voicing our concerns regarding austerity measures, formally known as TransformUS, and leadership issues at the University of Saskatchewan.  There were many actions throughout the regular academic school year.  However, tensions flared on campus on May 14th, when Robert Buckingham, Dean of the School of Public Health, was fired for speaking out against TransformUS. This led to immediate national coverage and student leaders were quick to seize the opportunity to defeat TransformUS.

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Congrats to NU Sask Alumni!

NUSask1 alumni Max FineDay was recently featured in the Globe and Mail!

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