This Movement Builders residential course is for people in the UK who centre youth-led change in their work and hold the shared belief in young people as a priority of change making in society.
The programme will be youth centred, and we welcome applications from people holding a range of different roles and spaces across the youth organising movement. Whilst we will priortise young leaders between 18-30 years old, we recognise that there are many movement leaders, co-conspirators, and elders that are key to the movement and see the residential being an intergenerational space. The programme is open to organisers, leaders, campaigners, service providers, youth workers, educators, policy makers who are 18+ and active either within the youth organising movement or at the intersection of youth organising and other issues
We particularly welcome applications from people of colour, people with lived experience of migration, disabled people and trans people, who are currently underrepresented in leadership positions in the movement. In terms of selection, we’ll be prioritising those who have experienced injustice first hand, have direct experience of the issue they are organising around, and are keen to organise with others in their community who are marginalised by structural inequality.
We are seeking applicants who:
- can demonstrate a strategic approach to making change happen
- are either currently a leader in their community or have the potential to become a leader
- understand the importance of self-development/transformation as part of the work
- can demonstrate practical application of anti-oppression and liberation thinking
- whose skills/knowledge gaps match up with Movement Builders course content, and so might benefit most from the training
In addition, we will be looking for a cohort of people who come from across the movement ecology: those who are challenging dominant institutions, those who are supporting individuals with personal empowerment, and those who are building alternatives.
Movement Builders cohorts are made up of people who understand the importance of both self and collective care to the work we do, and believe that building and sustaining a culture based on anti-oppression, deep understanding and solidarity is central to the change we want to see. We would also hope that participants would be open to being a part of an ongoing community of practice with NEON after the training, supporting and exploring collaborations with other Movement Builders alumni.