Check in from Kevin
Things are going well at Next Up with 6 programs up and running across the country with 90 new participants.
2016 is going to be our biggest year yet! We’re starting Next Up programs in Regina and Toronto; in BC we’ll be offering a bootcamp version of Next Up and a new leadership program for people age 55; and we’re starting a brand new 5-weekend Climate Leadership Program in Alberta. We’ll be sending more information about all of these programs out to you in the new year - for those of you in Alberta, applications for the new program will open next week!
As always, the proof of our success is in the work of our alumni - a few highlights from this past year - Robyn Luff and Heather Sweet, two of our Alberta alumni were elected as MLA’s in Rachel Notley’s government- our congratulations to both of them and best wishes in their new leadership roles. Max Fine-Day, who was in the first Next Up Saskatchewan program, is now working as the Communications Director with the Assembly of First Nations. Meanwhile, fellow Saskatchewan alum, Tanya Andrusieczko, was recently hired as the Editor for Briarpatch Magazine out of Regina. In Vancouver, recent grads Mike Soron and Kaschelle Thiessen have been busy working on climate change, Mike on divestment and Kaschelle with Vancouver350.org. Grads and participants from Calgary and Edmonton were in Paris for COP21 as part of the Canadian Youth Delegation.
These are just a few of our 384 Next Up alumni. In this newsletter you’ll see stories from more of our grads and, as always, you can go here to read stories on our website about our alumni from around the country.
We train the people who make the change. And we run on your support. I’d like to ask you to support the work of Next Up with a donation of any amount that you can afford. Our alumni are doing big things and with your help, we will train more people to drive more action for social and environmental justice.
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