Course: Environmental Leadership Programme

UpRising Leadership and Shropshire Wildlife Trust

West Midlands
October 2024 - July 2025

Cost: Free

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, environmental education, conservation & wildlife

UpRising and Shropshire Wildlife Trust are looking for young people, aged 18-25 and based in the West Midlands, to take part in an Environmental Leadership Programme (ELP2).

On ELP2 you will gain the KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, NETWORKS and CONFIDENCE to reach your leadership potential through delivering a group campaign on an environmental issue of your choice!

  • Want to make a change in your community, but don’t know where to start?
  • Want to be surrounded by others who also care about the environment?
  • Want to make the environment a priority to the people in power?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ELP2 is for you!

Who are we?

  • UpRising is a youth leadership development organisation and recognised as a pioneering charity promoting issues of social mobility and equality.
  • Shropshire Wildlife Trust has a vision of a thriving natural world, where Shropshire's wildlife and natural habitats play a valued role in addressing the climate and ecological emergencies, and people are inspired and empowered to take action for nature.
  • Thanks to National Lottery players, UpRising's expertise in engaging underrepresented youth will be combined with Shropshire Wildlife Trust's experience in outdoor learning to create ELP2.

What is ELP2?

  • ELP2 is an exciting Environmental Leadership Programme that focuses on Nature Connection and behavioural change.
  • It's a FREE opportunity to take part in a 9 month programme, designed specifically around current environmental topics.
  • This flexible, hybrid programme will feature knowledge and skills sessions, access to exciting organisations and speakers, in-person meet ups and the chance to run a campaign - supported by our staff and expert volunteers.

What do I need to know?

  • No experience necessary - just an interest in the environment and a desire to enact positive change.
  • 9 month programme running from October 2024-July 2025.
  • Supportive environment in which to thrive.
  • Hybrid programme, which will include visits to Shropshire Wildlife Trust's site, Parliament, West Midlands Combined Authority and more.
  • Online sessions via Zoom, with all information recorded so you can go back to it whenever you like.

What will I get out of it?

An understanding of how to:

  • Create change in your local community and beyond.
  • Develop a stronger personal connection with nature.
  • Forge connections with like-minded peers.
  • Take leadership and environmental skills into the professional world.
  • Find a pathway into potential green careers.
  • Take your place within a wider network of change-makers.

If you would like to take part in ELP2, head to our website to find out more, or apply now!

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