Applications are now open for the GND Rising leadership programme 2024! 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.
What does the GND Rising Leadership Programme involve?
The Green New Deal Rising Leadership Programme is a fully funded training programme for 50 people aged 18-30 from 9 places around the UK. We will bring people together to develop their skills in planning and leading campaign actions over the course of three months from April to June 2024.
We’ve selected skills, such as leadership, organisation, strategic thinking and persuasive communication, which will also be transferable for employment, study and your personal development.
Take a look at some of our actions on Instagram to learn more about what we do.
Who can take part in the programme?
You can take part in the programme if you are between 18-30 years old and living in one of the following locations:
- Birmingham; Bristol; Cardiff; Derby; Glasgow; East London; Newcastle; Sheffield; Slough
We want to use this programme to center the voices of individuals who have been historically underrepresented. You should apply if you know what it feels like to struggle under our current economic systems; if you want to build confidence, tell your story and campaign for change.
To take part in the programme, you must be available for three in-person events:
- 10-12th May 2024 in the Midlands
- 15th-16th June 2024 in London.
- a kick off day on 20th or 21st April (depending on your location).
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.
How do I apply?
You’ll then receive an email with a link to the application form. In the application form, we will ask for your contact details and about your background so we can get a sense of who is applying to ensure we have a diverse cohort.
We’ll then ask you to submit an answer to the question:
What issue or cause are you passionate about and why?
You can answer in writing (maximum of 250 words) or by sending a video or audio recording of your answer to the question (maximum 3 mins per person) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply individually or in a group of up to three people. Read the application guide here for more information about applying.
Once we’ve read all the applications we will schedule a fifteen minute call to find out more about why you’re applying and give you a chance to ask us any questions. This can be on zoom or over the phone.
We’ll be looking at applications until the end of March 2024 or when all 50 places have been filled – so be sure to apply as soon as possible
Frequently asked questions
When does the programme take place?
Between April – June 2024. You must be available for the following dates:
10-12th May 2024 in the Midlands.
15th-16th June 2024 in London.
a kick off day on 20th or 21st April (depending on your location
What exactly will I be doing?
Below is a detailed breakdown of what you will do on the programme:
Will I need to travel for the programme?
Yes, this programme is an opportunity to travel across the UK. We will pay for all travel costs and support with bookings.
There are two essential in-person weekend residentials: one in the Midlands (10th-12th May 2024) and another in London (15th-16th June 2024). There’s also one essential in-person kick off day, which will be on either Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st April depending on your location. You’ll also be expected to take part in at least one activity in your local area. Sometimes this can mean traveling to a nearby city. For example, if you are based in Birmingham you’ll have to travel to Coventry for a local action (we will pay for your travel).
Do I need to pay for the programme?
No, it is fully-funded. We will also pay for all travel, food and accommodation.
Can I apply with somebody else?
Yes! We encourage people to apply with a maximum of four other people. Read the application guide here for more information about applying.
If you have any questions about your application, please email Em@gndrising.org.
Why have you chosen the places you’ve chosen?
We’ve chosen the places to focus on for three 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 provide more opportunities to target politicians and influence public opinion
- They are places with a large proportion of young people and a larger proportion of people from backgrounds generally underrepresented in climate activism, for example people of colour and working class people.
- They are significant in the fight for the Green New Deal – for example, they are particularly affected by issues including air pollution and deindustrialisation
I don’t live in one of these locations, can I still apply?
If you live outside of the target area, you may still apply as long as you are willing to travel regularly to one of the specified locations during the programme.
If you have any further questions, please contact Em via email: email@example.com
Can I apply if I’m already part of GND Rising?
Yes! We’re looking for roughly half of applicants to be part of GND Rising already, and half who have not previously been part of GND Rising. However, this is an opportunity for us to support new leadership, so please apply only if you’re not already one of our most active volunteers, or already leading in our movement.
What is the time commitment?
You will have to commit to attending three in-person events:
- One kick-off day in a region near you (April 20 or 21st)
- One three-day residential weekend in the Midlands (10th – 12th May 2024)
- One two-day residential weekend in London (15th-16th June 2024).
In between these events, you’ll be asked to complete a few tasks that can be completed flexibly and around your schedule. You can see the detailed programme breakdown in the answer to the question ‘What exactly will I be doing on the programme?’. If you have any other questions about time commitment or accessibility of the programme please contact Em Wright at Em@gndrising.org.
Do I get a certificate at the end of the programme?
Yes, you’ll get a certificate once you’ve attended both residentials and taken part in the London action.
What skills will I develop on the programme?
You’ll take part in workshops and training on the following skills: Having persuasive conversations; Telling your story; Planning campaign actions; Leading teams; Public speaking; Taking effective action, communication and social media.
What could I do after completing the programme?
We hope that after completing the programme, people will play an active role in our movement and the fight for a Green New Deal. Ultimately, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to use your ideas to make change whether within our movement or in other ways within your local community.
Leading activists in our movement do things like:
- Plan and take part in actions challenging politicians on their climate commitments.
- Make inspiring content for our social media.
- Motivate and support others to do things like doorknocking, outreach, and to challenge MPs.
- Set up a local group in your town/ city and get others to join.
- Join in on group doorknocking, movement meet-ups, and protests.
- Run things behind the scenes, like setting up our welcome texts to new volunteers, or running our POC meet-ups.
- … Or find something else you think our movement should be doing, and help us start doing it!
We don’t expect everyone to be ready to do these things straight after completing the programme. We will support you to start getting active in an area you’re interested in, and build up from there!
What is the Green New Deal?
Will I need to pass an interview to join?
No, after applying we’ll schedule a fifteen minute call on zoom or over the phone. You’ll find out more about GNDR and we’ll ask you more about why you want to do the programme. This isn’t a formal interview but more of an opportunity to get to know GND Rising (if you are new) and the programme organiser, Em Wright. It’s important to note that we only have 50 places on the programme and these get filled up fast. Apply early to avoid missing out.
The London residential clashes with Eid, does this mean I can’t do the programme?
We’ll be doing community outreach on Sunday 16th June 2024 and will finish mid-afternoon, so you can be ready for Eid celebrations beginning that evening. If you need to leave early, we can absolutely make arrangements for you to do this. You’ll have an opportunity to do community outreach again after the programme, if you’d like to so you won’t be missing out.