Next Up looking for new participants

Applications are now being accepted for Next Up 2015/16: It’s a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice.

Next Up was created by a community of people who want to help emerging leaders develop new and better skills, smarts and ideas. The program is intense. Over seven months, we’ll dive into a number of topics and disciplines, combining theory, practice, deep thinking, and hard skills. We’ll look at some of the most pressing Canadian policy issues. We will consider where “progressive” thinking is on these issues and how to solve them. We’ll look at how change is made in society. And we’ll meet some of the most innovative change-makers in the province — from the non-profit, labour, business and public sectors — who are working for a better world.

The program is offered in six cities across five provinces: Next Up BC in Vancouver, Next Up Edmonton, Next Up Calgary, Next Up Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Next Up Winnipeg, and Next Up Ottawa - so please forward this call to your friends and colleagues in those regions. In each province, an impressive group of young people will be selected.

The application deadline is September 15, 2015. The program runs between October 2015 and May 2016.

Please forward this call far and wide -- to individuals, organizations, institutions and your progressive networks. And in particular, take a few minutes to think about young people you know for whom this would be a great experience, and send them the notice. Thank you in advance for helping us find fabulous young leaders for Next Up 2015/16 -- you'll be thankful you did years from now!

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