UPG SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

UPG SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

About UPG Sustainability Leadership

UPG Sustainability Leadership is a movement that mobilises individuals and organisations to support positive citizen leadership on sustainability.

It is a movement that encourages and enables citizens at all levels to take positive action. A movement inspired by the UPG’s commitment to do what we can with what we have, rather than wait for someone else to act. It is a movement that embodies the notion that everyone can do something to make the world more sustainable.

UPG believes that sustainability includes BOTH the usual “green” issues such as planting trees, recycling waste, managing energy, protecting the oceans AND other issues that have been central to our societies for a long time such as: education, health, jobs, gender equality, sustainable consumption, sustainable production and more. For those who are familiar with it, UPG uses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  as a guide.

The flagship activity is the #UPGSustainability Leadership training program for 500+ young adults from across the globe every year. There are also activities for schools and institutions as well as for companies.

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Taking Action

Launched in 2019, the UPG Sustainability Leadership program has been training young leaders from all paths of life and world regions to become champions for positive citizen leadership.
In 2021, UPG certified 500+ new UPG Sustainability Leaders from over 100 countries and will provide for 60 of them a FREE, complementary and immersive 1-week experience on an island in the USA: the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. UPG Sustainability Leadership is FREE for young people thanks to the wonderful support of our Partners who believe in positive citizen leadership on sustainability. All the certified UPG Sustainability Leaders have committed to two objectives within the communities that they inhabit:
* Lead personal projects of their own choice that support at least one of the SDGs”
* Deliver training sessions to their local community

And they are already making a difference across the world:

586

UPG Sustainability Leaders

14000+

People Trained

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Countries

JOIN THE 2022 UPG SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP CLASS

Are you a passionate citizen, aged 18 to 35, that believes your actions can support your local community and that every small positive action can make the world a better place? Then you are welcome to apply for our 2022 Program.

In spring 2022 UPG commits to train and certify a minimum of 500 additional young leaders from all over the world by spring 2022. And to offer 60 of them an immersive 1-week experience on an island in the USA: the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, then take action and apply.

NOMINATE A CANDIDATE

Are you part of an organisation and would you like to support some outstanding young leaders to get a seat at the UPG Sustainability Leadership 2022 Class?

The support of the organisation strengthens their capacity to make an impact after the training – this increases their chances of being selected. And in turn, the organisation benefits in various ways by having an individual who has received training in positive citizen leadership on sustainability.

The candidate that you nominate will have better chances to get access to a global community of like-minded and highly motivated young leaders (aged 18 to 35).

Nominate A Candidate

LOCAL IMPACT AND GLOBAL RESULTS

With the support of courageous people and organisations, a total of 586 UPG Sustainability Leaders have been trained in two classes (2019 and 2021) and 120 of them were granted the opportunity to get an additional immersive training on Hurricane Island in USA – where they are presented with different experiences to understand how to address the challenges of specific ecosystems in a sustainable way, exploring the local environment, understanding problems, challenges, and thinking about sustainable solutions based on field investigations.

The UPG Sustainability Leaders are part of a worldwide supporting network composed of young leaders from over 100 countries working on their local projects and training their communities about the importance of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) and also on how to use UPG’s Four Pillars to move from “ideals and goals” to “positive action”.

In 2021, those young adults have gone through a 9-week intensive training which curriculum includes training in project management, stakeholder engagement, communication, digital communications, and much more. Sustainability Leaders also explored how sustainability is related to economics, politics, law, culture, technology, education, and more.

 

The goal of this training is to increase the capacity of UPG Sustainability Leaders to lead at least one project of their own choosing in their community. In addition, upon the conclusion of this training, UPG Sustainability Leaders conduct a secondary wave of mini-training sessions within their communities; contributing to a ground swell of informed citizens taking positive action and demonstrating sustainability leadership.

Until August 2021 the UPG Sustainability Leaders have trained over 14,000 citizens worldwide through online and in-person sessions, and this is only the beginning.

“We started small and we focused on doing what we do with love. Today we are humbled by the impact that we are having around the world. We are inspired by the commitment of young people as well as by the quality of partners and collaborators that are working with us. Thank you! Together we are making the world a better place. Please let us keep building,” Yemi Babington-Ashaye. President, United People Global.

You can learn more by checking the 2019 Report

A STATE OF THE ART GLOBAL TRAINING

UPG Sustainability Leadership is the world’s largest and most comprehensive sustainability leadership training for young adults.

It is a free programme that mobilises people and organisations to support positive citizen leadership on sustainability. And this is possible thanks to the support of UPG’s partners and collaborators.

Check out the list of world class speakers and trainers for the 2021 UPG Sustainability Leadership Class

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2022 UPG SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP

CRITERIA TO PARTICIPATE

The following conditions apply to prospective candidates who are interested in becoming UPG Sustainability Leaders.

Personal Motivation

You demonstrate a strong motivation to become UPG Sustainability Leader combined with strong capabilities and you also have initial ideas that can have an impact.

Age Requirement

Your age is minimum 18 years or maximum 35 years by 1 October 2022. This ensures that all participants are within this age group for the duration of the training and experiences that are planned.

Selection Criteria

UPG is looking for young determined people from all different paths of life and regions of the world. From well-experienced professionals to freshly graduated students. The selection process considers four factors:
A. Your Profile – this helps us to strive for diversity
B. Your Motivation – we select the most motivated
C. Your Capabilities and
D. The Potential for Impact

UPG Champions

UPG Champions have an advantage in the process as they demonstrate the required motivation. UPG Champions that are part of a local “Community of Champions” or Champions who are from an organisation that is a UPG Champion also have an advantage in the selection process as this contributes to a supportive environment for their work.

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TIMELINE

If you are interested in being part of the 2022 Class of UPG Sustainability Leadership then get prepared as the call for applications will be open soon!

1 SEP, 2021

Launch of Applications

15 NOV, 2021

End of 1st Wave of Applications

31 DEC, 2021

Deadline for 2nd Wave of Applications

31 JAN, 2022

Selection Announcement

14 MAR, 2022

Start of 2022 UPG Sustainability Online Program

16 MAY, 2022

Closure of 2022 UPG Sustainability Online Program

5 JUN, 2022

2022 UPG Sustainability Commencement Ceremony

30 JUN, 2022

Invitations begin for 60 UPG Sustainability Leaders to go to Hurricane Island

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in UPG Sustainability Leadership. Let us move together on the journey to a more sustainable world. Please contact us with any comments, questions, ideas and suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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FAQ

What is the UPG Sustainability Leadership Program?

UPG Sustainability Leadership mobilises people and organisations to support Positive Citizen Leadership on Sustainability. We bring together people who are committed to impact by taking positive actions. From 2019 until now, 586 UPG Sustainability Leaders have already been trained and in 2022 UPG is training and certifying 500 new young leaders from all over the world and flying 60 of them to a FREE, complementary and immersive 1-week experience on an island in the USA: the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership.

How Do I Apply?

To apply, head over to https://upglive.org/UPGSustainability and click on APPLY. You will be directed to an online application form which you can complete.

How do I complete the application form?

• Applications must be completed online; applications that are mailed, faxed or emailed to UPG will not be accepted

• Questions that are marked with a red asterisk are mandatory and must be answered

• Individuals may only submit one application. If an applicant submits two applications using different email addresses, then the individual will be disqualified

What are the Eligibility Requirements to apply?

• Candidates must be 18-35 years of age by 1 October 2022

• Candidates must be self-motivated, capable of overcoming major challenges and able to think outside the box

• Applicants from all nationalities are eligible to apply

• Candidates from all genders and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Is there a language requirement to apply?

Yes. All applicants to the UPG Sustainability Leadership program will need to have a good understanding of English to apply. Application forms, all training and all supporting materials will be in English so to get the most out of the program a strong English language capability is required.

I am 35 years old now, can I still apply?

Applications are welcome from all candidates who will be a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 35 years of age on 1 October 2022. This ensures that all candidates are within this age group for the duration of the training and experiences that are planned.

Candidates outside that age range are not eligible for UPG Sustainability Leadership but are welcome to join the UPG Community for other opportunities: https://unitedpeople.global/join/

I am 17 years old now, can I still apply?

Applications are welcome from all candidates who will be a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 35 years of age on 1 October 2022. This ensures that all candidates are within this age group for the duration of the training and experiences that are planned.

Candidates outside that age range are not eligible for UPG Sustainability Leadership but are welcome to join the UPG Community for other opportunities: https://unitedpeople.global/join/

What are the selection criteria for UPG Sustainability Leadership Program?

UPG is looking for young determined people from all different paths of life and regions of the world. From well-experienced professionals to freshly graduated students. The selection process considers four factors:

A. Your Profile – this helps us to strive for diversity

B. Your Motivation – we select the most motivated

C. Your Capabilities and

D. The Potential for Impact

How can I make my application more competitive? Or How can I increase my chances of being selected as a UPG Sustainability Leader?
  • You can become a UPG Champion. Becoming a UPG Champion indicates to us that you are already doing your part to spread ideas of peace and sustainability wherever you are based. To learn more about becoming a UPG Champion, click the link here.

What is an Affiliate Institution and is it mandatory to include one?

An Affiliate Institution is a School or University that commits to engage in sharing the news about the UPG Sustainability Leadership Program with its network. The first 50 Affiliate Institutions worldwide which mobilize at least 50 applications get at least 1 seat secured for the 2022 class (this means that at least one applicant from their network will be selected to become a UPG Sustainability Leader).

It is optional to nominate an Affiliate Institution, but applicants that do so have an advantage in the selection process.

How many institutes we should affiliate?

You can nominate as many institutions as you want and our team will make contact with them, but nominating more institutions does not mean more additional bonus points.

What happens if two people affiliate the same institute?

There is no problem in having duplicated nominations, the bonus point is related to the engagement of the applicant into generating impact and it is not linked to if the institution becomes an Affiliate or not.

Do we need recommendation letter from college/institute?

No, you just need to inform the name of the institution and, if available, the contact e-mail. The UPGSL internal team will take care of getting in contact.

Do I have to upload a video and how do I do this?

Yes, we would strongly advise you to include a video as part of your application. This is an opportunity to add personality to your application and for us to get to know you better. To upload a video, create a video up to 2 minutes, upload it to a drive or video sharing platform, as not listed, and include the link in the requested field at the application form. Please provide all details requested when uploading you video, specifically your name and the purpose of the upload: UPG Sustainability Leadership.

Will the UPG Sustainability Leadership training be offered online or in-person?

The 2022 cycle of the UPG Sustainability Leadership program will be offered entirely online. This means you can participate from wherever you are in the world. From our 500 selected participants, 60 will be chosen to join a one week immersive trip to Hurricane Island* to continue their learning at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. *Covid-19 restrictions allowing

What is meant by 'Mini-training sessions' and 'Sustainability Related Project'?

UPG Sustainability Leaders commit themselves to execute at least one SDG related local project and host one mini-training session in their community to share the knowledge they have gained as part of the program.

  • A mini-training session is a one-tie event where the UPG Sustainability Leader runs a training session in their local community, a school or organisation (usually between 1-2 hours) to raise awareness about the SDGs and/or about the sustainability-related project.

  • The project is something broader that will not only raise awareness but also impact your local community and it usually involves actions.

  • Sustainability Leaders will be provided with the tools to carry out this project and training as part of the program.

When will I know if I have been selected to participate in the UPG SL Program?

Applications close on the 31st December 2021. Applicants can expect to hear the outcome of their application by 31st January 2022.

What will it cost to join the UPG Sustainability Leadership Program?

Nothing. Participation in UPG Sustainability Leadership is FREE for selected participants. All 500 participants will receive online training free of charge and all will be certified as UPG Sustainability Leaders after completion of the course.

Participants selected for the 1 week immersive excursion will have the costs of the program covered – training material, accommodation, subsistence, local transportation, international flights (a round trip flight from participant’s home town to the US)

I have been selected to go to Hurricane Island in the USA. Will my Visa costs be covered?

No. Visas are not included in the costs of the program, and selected applicants are entirely responsible for covering these expenses. UPG will send visa application letters to assist with the process (if necessary).

I have a question that has not been answered in the FAQs, where can I contact UPG SL?

You can message us through the CONTACT US form and we will get back to you shortly.

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