PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR STARTING NEW SUMMER OF SOLUTIONS PROGRAMS HAS PASSED. YOU CAN, HOWEVER, START A LOCAL INITIATIVE! READ ON…
Are you a young leader looking to bring change to your community? Do you have a dream for a green economy project you want to start where you live? Have you started a project that you want to build in connection with a network of similar projects elsewhere? If so, now is your chance to apply to start a new local program with Grand Aspirations!
We are now accepting Local Initiative applications through December 15, 2013. Please apply using the online application. You have two opportunities to build a Grand Aspirations program in your community:
1. Create a Local Initiative
Local leaders interested in starting or further developing an innovative green economy project can apply to start a Local Initiative. Local Initiatives are year-round projects that focus on building replicable, self-sustaining models for advancing a green economy. They differ from Summer of Solutions programs and Hubs in that they do not explicitly focus on building youth leadership and occur year-round.
You may be ready to build a Local Initiative if:
You want to start a project for the first time OR you already have started a project but want to connect more deeply with others in a national context.
You want to work with Grand Aspirations for at least one year from when you begin.
Your team can commit to meeting the Local Initiative guidelines.
2. Transform your current Grand Aspirations program into a Hub.
Local Grand Aspirations leaders interested in forming a long-term regional center of project incubation and youth leadership development can apply to start a Hub.
You may be ready to start a Hub if:
Have done green economy development work for at least a year and bring significant experience in project development.
Have led a Grand Aspirations project, or a similar type of project, in your community.
Have significant experience building youth leadership.
Your team can commit to meeting the Hub guidelines.
The formal application process for applying to become a Grand Aspirations Hub is separate from the application to start a Summer of Solutions program or Local Initiative. If you are interested, please fill out this short interest form and a GA representative will follow up with you with more information.