Ashoka identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs –
practical visionaries with the same creativity and determination as
leading business entrepreneurs – who apply these qualities to solving
social problems on a large scale. Extensive, competitive application
process around the world.
Summer of Solutions
The Summer of Solutions is a grassroots program led by pioneering youth innovators in 12 locations nationwide. Each program unites team of youth leaders for 2 months to launch self-sustaining initiatives that build a green economy through innovative local partnerships. The program fosters creative communities of participatory leadership and helps participants build skills and prepare for long-term careers in community organizing, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable development. Teams work to find the resources to create their own summer jobs, develop model projects that can be broadly replicated, and create a community of practice of youth innovators. Applications are rolling through early May 2010.
The Breakthrough Institute is seeking up to ten of the nation's top young thought leaders for a paid Fellowship in Summer 2010 as part of its young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation. Fellowships involve cutting-edge writing, research, and analysis on energy/climate, national security, the economy, health care, and other issues.
Corps calls themselves “The Field School for Environmental Organizing.”
Green Corps has developed a year-long campaign-based training program
that consistently gives their graduates excellent skills in grassroots
organizing and places them in jobs with top organizations. Pay for the
year is modest, but training is top-flight and camaraderie is excellent
as you work on organizing on several environmental campaigns for other
organizations. Green Corps recruits on college campuses and most
applicants are recent college grads. Rolling applications until March.
Echoing Green Fellowship
Fellowship program for “social entrepreneurs” in various social benefit areas. Fellows receive $60,000 plus benefits, technical assistance, and access to a network of social change makers over a period of two years. Fellows must work full-time on starting a new organization (less than two years old) during this period. Initial applications due in early January annually.
Do Something Boot Camps
Do Something's Social Action Boot Camps bring together a diverse group of young community leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs for a day of networking and training. Boot camps are dedicated to giving each attendee the tools to grow and sustain their community action ideas, projects and organizations. They are held in 6 cities each year.
The Environmental Leadership Program
Provides Fellowships to attend group trainings and receive modest financial support over a 2-year period to a diverse range of environmental professionals with 3-10 years of work/campaign experience. Applications due October 1 annually.
National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Fellowship Program
NWF Campus Ecology Fellows will be required to confront global warming on campus by working with the administration to commit to a 30% reduction by 2020 and developing a climate action plan with the support of their advisor and verifier. In addition to joining the national network of current and alumni NWF Campus Ecology Fellows, students also receive a modest grant, project support, recognition of their accomplishments and other perks. Application deadlines are each January.
Greenpeace Organizing Term
The Greenpeace Organizing Term operates in Washington, DC and San Francisco for spring, summer, and fall semesters annually. It’s a semester of advanced training for student activists, incorporating travel internationally and domestically to assist with Greenpeace field campaigns on forest protection, global warming, and other key issues.
Young People 4’s Fellowship
Young People 4 year-long Fellowships begin with an all expense paid trip to a National Summit for Progressive Leaders in January where fellows learn from other progressive leaders, attend skill building workshops, and begin to refine strategies and tactics for running progressive campaigns in their home communities. YP4 provides advice, training, and an online community for continued support, and focuses on environmental and social justice issues.
TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program
The TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program invests in both proven and promising leaders who are committed to empowering others and to creating positive environmental change in their communities and organizations. In 2010, up to 40 Fellows will be selected to participate in this 18-month program - leaders who want to learn across disciplines and work with others to achieve results and engage new audiences in conservation.
The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy
The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy has launched DMI Scholars to identify progressive college students from diverse communities and train them in the skills necessary to obtain and succeed in entry-level public policy positions. Scholars will learn to approach problems through a policy lens and meet professionals doing this work for government, think tanks, campaigns and advocacy organizations. DMI Scholars are college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated commitment to advocating for fairness and equity, strong communication skills. Deadline in January annually.
Rockwood Leadership Program
Rockwood’s Art of Leadership program is a four day intensive for social change leaders on developing skills in communication, self-awareness, presentation, emotional intelligence, team-building and personal mastery. Scholarships are available.
The Organizers Institute seeks to train youth in community organizing, eventually placing them in salaried positions in grassroots, congregation-based community organizations around the country.
The Center for Progressive Leadership's New Leader Program
CPL's New Leaders Program helps diverse college students and other young leaders get paid internships and entry-level positions at progressive
organizations in order to help jump-start life-long careers in
progressive politics. They work to change the face of tomorrow's political leadership by connecting young people of color, LGBT youth, and women to paid
internships and entry-level positions with progressive organizations, as well as providing training and networking opportunities.
International fellows 18–29 receive support for a social
entrepreneur project they are pursuing (not necessarily
environmental). Individuals applying must have a leadership role in a
youth-led initiative that works to create positive change in their
New Organizing Institute
NOI is excited to announce a slate of state-based trainings every summer on online organizing, online communications, political technology, new media, and testing/evaluation. They are working with a wide array of state-based partners for these "Organizers Summits.” Over the course of the summer, NOI will be holding Organizers Summits in nine states and regions (Michigan, DC, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio) in an effort to share some of the lessons learned by organizations on the forefront of online organizing and political technology.
Ruckus Action Camps
Action Camp is a week-long intensive training program designed to unite community members, students, organizers, and other people interested in learning more about campaign development and expanding their direct action skills base. Many of their Action Camps are open to the public and require an application for admission.
The Sierra Student Coalition's Student Environmental Leadership Trainings, led by the nation's top student organizers, are weeklong sessions where youth will learn to develop effective groups and tackle serious environmental issues. By the end of the week, youth will be prepared to take what they have learned and put it into action on campus and in the community. Geared towards high school and college students, teaching grassroots organizing and leadership skills.
Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!): Youth Leadership Jam
These Jams are weeklong gatherings of leaders 15-35 to foment collaboration and creativity, with amazing participants and youth facilitators.