Applications are now open for the GND Rising leadership programme 2022! Read on to find out what the programme involves and what you’ll get out of it, who we’re looking for, and how to apply.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: applications now open until Monday 25th April!
what is the leadership programme?
The Green New Deal Rising Leadership Programme is a fully funded 6-month training programme for 40 people aged 18-30 from 10 places around the UK.
The Programme will build your skills and leadership, and help you to kickstart Green New Deal campaigning in your community. It’s free, fully funded, and designed to fit around work and other commitments.
You’ll get to take part in two intensive training weekends with some of the UK’s leading campaigners, have opportunities to plan and take action with other young people in your area and around the country, and get support and resources to get started leading the charge in your community.
The Leadership Programme runs from June to November 2022. By the end of the Programme you’ll have the skills, confidence and direct experience of campaigning and organising to become a leader in the fight for a Green New Deal.
who are we looking for?
We’re looking for young people with passion and energy who want to make change happen (and make new friends on the way).
We welcome all levels of experience in campaigning or community work, and we don’t care where you work or if you’ve been to university. We’re looking for people who care about justice and understand the urgent need for change in our society, our government, our communities.
You can apply to take part in the programme if you meet the following application criteria:
You are based in one of the following locations:
- Bangor, Wales (and the surrounding area)
- Bolton and Bury
- Falkirk (and the Forth Valley)
- Hayes and Southall
- High Wycombe
You are able to take part in two residential training weekends: the first is 11th/12th June, the second is 17th/18th September.
You are aged 18 to 30 (this age bracket is flexible, if you fall outside it but want to apply, please get in touch)
Not from one of the places listed? You can still apply to be part of the Leadership Programme by making a group application. If you can find 2-4 other people in your area who want to do the programme with you, you can submit a group application no matter where you’re based.
how to apply
To apply there is an application form which asks you one main question: What issue or cause are you passionate about and why?
Feeling stuck? Here’s some ideas for things to include in your application answer:
- Is there an issue that you have direct experience of? How has it affected you?
- What changes would you like to see happen in your community and the world around you? These could be small or big things you think would improve people’s lives and make a difference
- If you’re watching the news, what makes you angry? Is it racism? Poverty? Climate change? Boris Johnson?
Don’t worry about being formal or using the right language – we’re trying to get a sense of who you are – so answer in your own words and tell us whatever you want us to know!
We also ask for your contact details and about your background so we know if you meet the application criteria and can get a sense of who is applying to ensure we have a diverse cohort.
Once we’ve read all the applications we will invite about 60 people to interview, and then select 40 for the programme.
Once you begin filling in the form you can’t save your progress so we recommend only starting the form once you’ve thought about your answer and have time to fill it all in – this should take about 10 minutes.
The deadline for applications is: 9am, Monday 25th April.
What is Green New Deal Rising? What is 350.org?
This programme is being run by two organisations working together: Green New Deal Rising and 350.org. Green New Deal Rising is a movement of young people in the UK campaigning to win a Green New Deal. 350.org is an international organisation focused on supporting movements for climate justice.
These two organisations are providing the funding and staff running the programme.
What is the Green New Deal?
The Green New Deal is a ten year, game-changing plan to stop climate change and build a world in which we can thrive.
We’re living through a time of crisis. All around us, climate breakdown is unfolding and its effects can’t be ignored any longer. At the same time, the Coronavirus pandemic has destroyed the lives and livelihoods of millions, and laid bare the shocking scale of inequality and poverty in our society.
The Green New Deal is a plan for our government that will:
- Decarbonise fast and build an economy based on 100% clean energy
- Create jobs and guarantee everyone a decent livelihood
- Transform the economy to work for people and planet over profit
- Protect and restore the environment
- Promote global justice and end exploitation
What will happen during the programme?
During the programme you will:
- Take part in two weekend long residential trainings with the whole cohort where you’ll learn new skills, find out about Green New Deal Rising and get to know everyone
- Work with the other participants from your area to test out your skills and build the movement for a Green New Deal
- Get opportunities to take action by doing things like joining marches and challenging politicians
- Get one on one support from experienced campaigners to build your skills and confidence
Why have you chosen the places you’ve chosen?
We’ve chosen the places to focus on for two main reasons:
- They are places that we believe will play an important role in the plan to win a Green New Deal – for example, they are places where in the next General Election we expect there to be a close battle between candidates that do and don’t support a GND
- They are places that haven’t often had many opportunities for young people to receive training and access to programmes like this one
This is an annual programme so we aim to choose different places to focus on each year.
Why do you have these application criteria?
To win the massive changes we want to see in society, we need everyone. But right now in our society some people’s voices are heard louder than others, and that needs to change. That’s why the Leadership Programme is specifically designed to boost the skills and leadership of young people who have been marginalised and underrepresented.
If you don’t fit the criteria but you’re interested to get involved with Green New Deal Rising, join a Welcome Call to find your place in the movement.
I don’t live in one of the places listed, can I still apply?
If you live near to one of the listed places and travel there regularly e.g. for work, studies or because it’s your nearest town, you should still apply.
If you aren’t anywhere near one of the listed places but still want to be part of the programme, you can make a group application. If you can find 2-4 other people in your area who want to do the programme with you, you can submit a group application no matter where you’re based.
I haven’t got any experience in campaigning, can I still apply?
Absolutely! There are no requirements to have any specific kinds of experience to be part of the programme. As long as you have passion and energy, that’s all we’re looking for.
What is the time commitment?
Over the course of six months the main time commitment will be to attend two weekend long training sessions with the whole cohort from across the UK. The first will be in June and the second will take place in September, we plan for both to take place in person.
Between these training weekends, there will be a few smaller activities and meetings happening regularly – this might look like roughly one evening a month and will be arranged flexibly to fit around everyone’s schedules.
There will also be loads of opportunities to take part in actions and activities in your area and across the UK. The main big plan is a protest which is being planned to happen at the end of August which all Leadership participants will be involved in organising and invited to attend.
What do I need to take part?
You don’t need any special equipment or technology to be part of the programme and it is free and fully-funded. The only things you might need are:
- A smartphone
- An internet connection
If you don’t have access to these things, we can support you to get them – please apply anyway and we will make sure this isn’t a barrier.
Why is this only for 18-30s?
Green New Deal Rising is a movement of young people aged 16-35 fighting for a Green New Deal but we have narrowed the age range for this programme specifically based on our experience of running the programme before and who got the most out of participating.
If you fall just outside this age bracket but you’re really keen to take part, it is flexible. Email email@example.com or message on Whatsapp and we can talk about whether you’re still a good fit for the programme.
I can’t afford to take part in a programme like this, can you help?
Yes! This is a fully funded programme, no-one is expected to pay to participate.
We also have money available for all and any participants to cover anything you need to be able to participate. This includes:
- Travel costs to any in-person events or meetings (e.g. train tickets or petrol costs)
- Food and drink at any in-person events or meetings (including during your travel)
- Childcare costs during meetings and events (including either covering costs of paid childcare, or funding an existing carer)
- Phone credit, data and/or wifi packages to use for online meetings
- Software for digital accessibility (e.g. screen reader software)
All of these expenses can either be refunded to you after you have paid and shown a receipt, or paid for up front by us (e.g. we buy a train ticket and send it to you) – whichever is easiest.
If there are things not covered here that you need to be able to participate, let us know and we will work to try and arrange something.
I have specific accessibility needs, can you help?
Absolutely! We want the Leadership Programme to be as accessible as possible to everyone participating. The best thing to do is to get in touch directly so we can discuss what you need and how we can help – email Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Whatsapp
The sorts of things we can help with include (but aren’t limited to):
- Ensuring all in-person events and meetings are accessible (e.g. ensuring they are wheelchair accessible, have hearing loops installed, rest breaks are encouraged etc)
- Providing funding for any extra equipment or support you might need to participate (e.g. buying screen readers, paying for a carer or support worker)
- Ensuring any resources are created in formats that work for you (e.g. large print, audio-recorded, captioning etc)
- Making sure our spaces and activities are accessible to those with sensory and processing needs