Building Ground Leadership Training

Coming up Friday April 27 – April 29.

SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE – PLEASE APPLY TODAY TO GET A SPOT!

Find the application at the bottom of this page.

Building Ground is an opportunity to spend a full weekend learning, deepening, and building the skills necessary to undertake powerful climate justice work within our communities. The Building Ground training specifically focuses on sharing fundamental frameworks about climate justice and building the relationships that empower effective leaders.

At Building Ground, you can expect sessions where you will:

  • Explore the complex definitions of climate justice and the myriad approaches that individuals and groups undertake to achieve this goal,
  • Deepen your own understanding of racial justice and its fundamental connection to the climate crisis,
  • Learn in detail about 350’s specific approach to changemaking and organizing,
  • Begin to articulate your own leadership and changemaking approaches and identify personal goals and next steps for your return home,
  • Learn specific strategies to support your work (frameworks, facilitation techniques, and core organizing skills),
  • Connect with other emerging leaders from around the state and region and build a community of courage and creativity.
“Building Ground was such a re-energizing experience. It centered my passions and led me to see tangible outlets for the work I wish to pursue. Working with other passionate folks helped me feel supported and provided me a space within the larger climate movement community.”

Why Now?

These times demand that we build powerful and loving social movements that are strong enough to confront and overcome the systems which have created the climate crisis.  With the impending urgency of this climate crisis and the lack of leadership in our federal government, and at a time when various movements for justice around the world are uniting to work together, this is the moment for each of us to step more fully into our own leadership and power.

This requires taking the time to build our own ground as citizens, leaders, and organizers.  This ground – our collective knowledge, skills, joy, grief, and courage – is where the strength in the climate movement lies.  It is a deeply intersectional ground where our individual lived experiences connect with our visions for the future and with the visions and experiences of other people and justice movements around the world.  Generating this rich soil for our movement is necessary if we are going to confront this crisis with the boldness, creativity, resilience, and love that we need.

“Thank you for opening my eyes to my own possibilities and for opening my heart to others who share my goals and concerns.”

Why You?

First, the basics: If you’re wondering if you’re “qualified enough” to be a part of something this… you are.  If you’re wondering if you “know enough” to be a part of something this… you do.  If you’re wondering if you’re “good enough” to be a part of something like this… take a deep breath and know that we need you. Here is a list of some reasons that you might consider attending…

  • You are excited to learn and deepen your knowledge of climate justice and the climate movement
  • You want to be a part of a community of inspiring people who are ready to stand up and confront the reality of the climate crisis
  • You have bold ideas and questions and you want to learn how to put them into action
  • You want to grow your own skills and abilities and be part of a community of practice that is learning together
  • You know this moment in time requires tremendous leadership and you want to find your own way to contribute
  • You feel moved by this invitation in some way that you can’t quite describe, and just feel like you want to be there!

The Details

Building Ground will begin at 6:00pm on Friday, April 27 and will conclude Sunday, April 29 by 4:00pm.  It is important to understand that attendance for the entire day is required to participate.  (If you have questions about this, or want to attend but feel like you will not be able to be present for the entire time, please contact Katherine at katherine@350vt.org.)

This Leadership Training costs between $50 – $175. We use a sliding scale template based on annual income as a guide to help you figure out how much to contribute. That said, no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds. The options are simply a guideline we created to help cover the costs of the training. The cost includes a wonderful place to learn, lodging, introductory readings, 20 hours of training, and all meals, snacks, and beverages during workshop hours. If you feel able to contribute more, you will support other participants to attend. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about payment. We are more than happy to figure out a plan that works!  **Please note if this presents a financial hardship for you there is sponsorship available and no one will be turned away based on financial need.  We want you there and we will work with you to make that possible!**

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more and email katherine@350vt.org if you have any additional questions or ideas.

Please APPLY ASAP for best consideration!

Click here to apply!

If not now, then…

If you can’t make these dates, or need something that is closer to where you live, don’t worry!  We will be hosting the fall building ground in October. Check back here for updated plans and other upcoming programs.