Thanks for Applying to the Winnipeg 2015-16 program

Thank you everyone who applied for and referred people to apply for the full-length leadership in Winnipeg for the 2015-16 year. the program is now underway. 

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Next Up 2015-2016 is underway!

Thank you everyone who applied for and referred people to apply for the full-length leadership programs this year. In Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Ottawa we've concluded our interviews, selected the participants, and are starting up the programs over the next two weeks.  In Winnipeg, we're reviewing applications and getting ready to interview folks at the end of October so that we can get started in early November.

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First Nations and Metis Youth in Action

Sask First Nations and Metis Youth in Action (2015)

The second annual Next Up: First Nations and Métis Youth in Action intensive took place August 26-30 in Saskatoon. Ten participants took part including young leaders from across Saskatchewan as well as one from BC and one from Alberta. The participants learned about decolonization, storytelling, communications and media, anti-racism and queer resurgence, changing and Indigenizing institutions, environment and climate justice, and much more! The five-day program was exhilirating, inspiring and a little bit exhausting! Here are some of the participants' words about it:

"This program made me feel inspired - it pushed me out of my comfort zone and touched me on a very personal level. I honestly feel like I've grown and changed in such a short period of time. I will continue to be an advocate and leader in all things I do!" - Lisa Munroe

"I have learned that I have the power to be heard and have an obligation to make change for future generations. I've gained confidence and can honestly say this has been life-changing for me. I've experienced a whirlwind of emotions these past five days. I feel safe here, inspired and proud to be among such amazing, beautiful people." - Danielle Tootoosis
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Next Up 2015/16 Program

Applications for the 2015/16 year for the Next Up program in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Ottawa are now closed.

Applications are being accepted for Next Up Winnipeg until 11 pm October 13, 2015.

You can learn more about applying and download your application form here.

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(Re) Introducing Sam Ponting

We are so pleased to welcome Sam Ponting to her new position as the coordinator for Next Up BC. Previous to this, Sam worked as the founding coordinator for Next Up Ottawa.

Sam's major introduction to social movements began on campus, where her disdain for militarism led her to join the Student Coalition Against War. As an anti-war and anti-apartheid organizer, Sam worked extensively with a variety of community partners to build up public pressure against harmful Canadian foreign policy. She spent several years working in the student movement, most recently as the Membership Coordinator of the Graduate Students' Association at Carleton University, where she organized campaigns.  

Passionate about Indie media, Sam sits on the editorial board of, a site committed to providing Canadian labour news and analysis from a critical perspective.

Sam likes hiking, camping, and biking, and is stoked to finally set up shop on the West Coast, where Vancouver makes form some nice mountain gazing and galavanting. In her down time, she seeks out different musical outlets, including drums, guitar, and ukelele.

She’s looking forward to exploring Vancouver and getting to meet, and collaborate with the many networks of progressives and Next Up alumni throughout BC.

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Thanks for applying to the 2015 First Nations and Metis Youth in Action program

Thanks to all of you awesome people who applied to the First Nations & Métis Youth in Action summer program.  We're taking time now to review applications and will be in touch soon with shortlisted applicants.

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You're Next Up Zine chronicles NU Saskatchewan cohort 2014-2015

NU Saskatchewan alum Fred Reiben and his fellow Next Up'rs created a zine to commemorate their time together:

When asked to reflect on how we would like to summarize our year, our Next Up cohort had a number of ideas.  Some ideas focused on certain aspects of the year, but we weren't feeling like there was something that really captured the essence of our experience in its entirety.  Then someone spoke about the importance of the stories we brought, heard, and created together throughout the year.  That was something that immediately connected with the group. This is how we decided on Stories and Storytelling as a theme to unify our shared experiences.

We decided on a zine as the medium to tell these stories.  We collected our favourite memories, inspiring art, and greatest learnings and presented it at our graduation.  

As we go forward beyond the program, we hope this zine can jog our memories and fill our hearts.  We would like to share it with you and hope that it will inspire you to make change in your own communities. Enjoy!  

You can read the zine here:

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Introducing Rana Hamadeh - Program Coordinator for Next Up Ottawa

We are happy to announce that Rana joined the ranks of Next Up Coordinators in the Fall of 2014.  She's coordinating Next Up's third cohort in Ottawa.  Here's Rana, in her own words:


I am an activist, student, artist, and writer. I consider myself a community organizer, both locally in Ottawa, and in my second home, Palestine.

While working on my BA in human rights and law at Carleton University, I became interested in organizing for students' issues, from food poverty to reviving the fight for accessible tuition. I am working for the establishment of an ethical investment policy with Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), and I sit on the board of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), a social and environmental justice resource centre. In Palestine, I worked as an independent journalist and with grassroots collectives, training new activists in nonviolent direct-action.

I am interested in creating spaces where oppression and colonization can be addressed and deconstructed, for the betterment of our movements and ourselves. I always contend that change is possible when we know which buttons to push and am happy to be working with young change-makers through Next Up!

 -Rana Hamadeh, Next Up Program Coordinator, Ottawa

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Human Library tells stories of social change in Saskatchewan

Next Up Saskatchewan held the first ever Next Up Human Library public event on Monday, February 9. Over 100 people turned out on a cold Saskatoon evening to listen to 18 peoples' stories about the history of women and transgender people organizing for change in Saskatchewan. With book titles ranging from "Joy is My Guide" to "Law as a Tool for Change?" participants were able to visit six books over the course of the evening. The event focused on the stories of women, transgender and non-binary people since those stories are less often told when social change history is discussed. The books shared personal and political stories from the last four decades of social change work in Saskatchewan. Congrats to co-hosts Carolyn Doi, Lauren Russell and the rest of the NU Sask 2014-15 cohort on a very successful event!


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Next Up Calgary Community Connection Feb 21

Thank you everyone for your participation and support. CCYYC 3 was a blast!

 Hey there Southern Alberta Folks, do you have an idea you would like to share? Are you looking for ways to get involved in the community? Are you interested in educating people about your work? 

 Next Up and CommunityWise are co-hosting the third annual Community Connection on February 21, 2015 at the CommunityWise Resource Centre in Calgary from  9 am to 4:30 pm. This is a public, popular education event that brings together community groups, activists, educators, and those interested in creating progressive change. Let's build networks, share stories, generate new ideas and opportunities for collaboration and support for our communities.

 The entire day will be interactive and energizing. The program includes 24 Marketplace of Ideas presentation, a world cafe, Keynote by Stephanie Jackman (founder of REAP), creative space for networking, collaborating and artisan coffee drinking, along with morning and afternoon workshops, and more. Join in, be a part and Make it Happen with us.

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