Imagine yourself on a classic road trip through the mountains. You are debating how best to save our planet with a great group of new friends. All of them are as intent on making the world a better place as you are and the subject is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Led by an experienced group of mentors, the group is smart, savvy and diverse. Your entire cohort is traveling to Calgary to attend an important national symposium where you will meet Canadian leaders engrossed in the latest discussions on the roadmap to 2030. You have a good understanding of where Canada stands on the SDGs. On the way to Calgary you will stop in Nelson to meet other young British Columbians who want action and you will deepen your exploration of how to implement the goals. Sound like a great learning experience? Sound worthwhile?
This road trip is just one part of an exciting new ten-month applied course that offers both a theoretical understanding of the SDGs as well as practical experience working in this emerging new field. Bringing both theory and practice into the course (praxis) along with peer learning at the cutting edge of an emerging subject, this course is designed for highly motivated youth between the ages of 18 and 24. The road trip is the beginning of a shared journey with like minded youth in which you will ultimately find yourself engaging Canadians on how to make the SDGs real and actionable.
The Program – “SDG Bootcamp”
The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is now accepting applications for SDG Bootcamp. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s global agenda for achieving a sustainable, thriving and inclusive planet by 2030. The SDG framework fundamentally shifts the way we approach change from competing causes and ‘us and them’ boundaries to an integrated and universal approach. SDG Bootcamp invites participants to join in a shared exploration of how this framework, and the opportunities it presents, can be leveraged to bring about a better world.
SDG Bootcamp is designed to provide British Columbian youth with the knowledge and skills needed to take advantage of the SDG framework as well as tangible opportunities to put their skills and knowledge into practice. The program will begin with a guided inquiry into what the SDGs are and why they matter, followed by skills building activities focused on how to use the SDG framework to support sustainable development initiatives with an emphasis on community engagement. The skills building phase of the program will culminate in a road trip to the Calgary SDG Symposium – Together 2017. The program will then move into the practice phase where participants will receive mentoring and support as they work in teams to identify public awareness raising opportunities and plan and deliver appropriate awareness raising activities.
Details & Requirements
SDG Bootcamp will run from October 4th, 2017 to the end of February 2018 with SDG training activities finishing in October and participants carrying out SDG public engagement activities between November and February. Participants may also have the opportunity to access additional optional trainings such as SDG mapping and facilitation skills workshops. The minimum time commitment for the course will be approximately 10 days over the 5 month period.
The course is offered on a sliding scale between $0 and $100 with all course fees being used to cover participant program costs including covering costs for participants who may face financial barriers to attending the course. Travel costs (food, accommodation and transport) to the SDG Symposium in Calgary will be covered along with entrance fees to the Symposium. More information is available in the attached course description but in order to participate in the course applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a British Columbian resident
- Be between the ages of 18 and 24
- Commit to attending the key training events (see attached course description)
- Commit to participating in at least one SDG public engagement activity
At BCCIC we are committed to encouraging a diverse and inclusive learning environment that is open to all youth. We encourage applications from individuals who identify as Indigenous, low income, immigrant/refugee, LGBTQTS+, living with a disability, as well as all gender identities and other members of minority groups. We also encourage applications from individuals who face barriers to participating in programs like this and applications from people who don’t identify with any particular group. In short we welcome everyone!
We don’t believe in using identity as criteria for approving individual applications but it does help us to organize a diverse group of people if we have a better idea of who is applying. The more you tell us about your unique self the more we can craft a unique group of individuals. So please don’t be shy on your application. The more diversity we can build into the cohort the more we can reflect a broad spectrum of Canadian values.
Keep in mind that this course will be competitive, know that we won’t measure you based on your experience or your identity so much as your attitude and your energy.