The Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador Program 2022

The Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador Program 2022

The Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador Program 2022 offers young applicants (aged 18-35) from all over the world the chance to follow in Max’s footsteps across six months of sustained commitment. Those selected to be Ambassadors will take climate action, work towards implementing climate solutions, and launch campaigns in their communities while engaging directly with Connect4Climate and GYCN, broadening their climate knowledge, strengthening their leadership skills,and engaging with GYCN’s ever-expanding network of young climate champions.

The Climate Ambassador Program is a six-month online program that provides an educational and leadership opportunity for young leaders to tap into the WBG global knowledge on climate change and sustainable development, deepen understanding of climate change complexities in a rapidly changing global environment, learn how to design and implement various climate actions and effectively lead initiatives to mitigate climate change and tackle the most pressing issues in their communities. Furthermore, the program provides an excellent opportunity for young leaders to connect and amplify their message and scale up climate action!

Do you have what it takes to be a Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador? If you’re committed to climate action and are looking to engage your community, we would love to hear from you! Apply by the December 31 deadline and you could help us bring Max’s passion for action to a new generation of leaders. Please read through the detailed eligibility requirements below.

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Eligibility

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, have strong conversational English language skills, and have reliable access to the internet. Beyond these foundational requirements, applicants will be evaluated on each of the following criteria:

  • Past and current experience as a youth leader in communities at the local, regional, national, or global level. Demonstrated ability to organize community activities is an advantage.
  • Passion for climate solutions and sustainable development, and motivation to take action and empower others. We are looking for self-starters willing to take charge.
  • Scale and strength of the applicant’s network and active presence on social media.
  • The potential impact of the applicant’s proposed contributions to their communities and networks.

The evaluation and selection process will also take into account various other factors—such as diversity in age, gender, and geography—to ensure the set of chosen Ambassadors closely reflects the global community.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

  • The program is primarily based on the personal initiative of each climate ambassador. It is crucial that the ambassadors are self-driven and motivated.
  • Climate Ambassadors must have internet access to participate in online sessions and calls. Also, they must possess good conversational English language skills.
  • The learning component of the program includes weekly learning sessions on climate knowledge, communications, and leadership that would cover: (i) Climate Change Learning Series, where experts and practitioners in the field of climate change and sustainable development will provide an overview of different climate change topics; and (ii) Climate Communications and Leadership training offered by the Connect4Climate team.
  • Climate Ambassadors will be asked to join a Telegram Channel where the GYCN team will share program updates and opportunities from our partner network.
  • During the program, Climate Ambassadors will be featured in Y2Y, GYCN and C4C social media and announcements to recognize their work as young changemakers. Ambassadors may also get visibility with GYCN and C4C knowledge partners.
  • To successfully complete the program, Climate Ambassadors are required to attend the orientation and closing sessions, at least 4 online learning sessions (out of 6), take three climate actions, and report to GYCN on their implementation (i.e. share photos or videos).
  • Upon successful completion of the program, Climate Ambassadors will receive a certificate outlining their contributions to, and successful completion of the program, join the Climate Ambassadors’ Alumni Community and continue playing an active role in the GYCN.
  • Alumni will get access to expert and peer networks, will be able to attend regular leadership and educational events organized by GYCN and C4C, co-host climate discussions, and continue raising awareness and empowering youth to take climate actions.

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WHAT CLIMATE ACTIONS CAN YOU TAKE?

Climate Ambassadors are mandated to take three climate-related actions in their communities. The most impactful actions and initiatives will be featured regularly on GYCN social media channels. Examples of self-selected initiatives may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Host a guest speaker at your school, campus, workplace, or in your community
  • Visit schools to discuss climate change
  • Influence policy by contacting your local government
  • Host a film screening of a climate-related movie
  • Fundraise for climate-related NGOs
  • Organize a beach or litter clean-up
  • Promote climate-friendly actions and waste reduction in your community – for example through biking to school/work campaign or plogging (sport while cleaning)
  • Organize tree planting or volunteer with a community garden
  • Host workshops between corporations and climate-related startups in supporting new ideas on climate change and fundraising for the startups
  • Host a clothing donation at your school/workplace and donate to a climate charity
  • Convey climate change messages through art and visuals, i.e. organize a photo exhibition, create video clips concerning climate change or on how to conserve the environment, start a blog, etc.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants must meet the age and language requirements, and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Past and current experience as a youth leader in communities at the local, regional, national, or global level; demonstrated ability to organize community activities is an advantage.
  • Passion for climate solutions and sustainable development, and motivation to take action and empower others.
  • Scale and strength of the applicant’s network and active presence on any of the social media platforms.
  • The potential impact of the applicant’s proposed contributions to their communities and networks.

The evaluation and selection process will take into account various factors, such as diversity in age, gender, and geographic locations to select a set of individuals that closely reflect the global community.

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TIMELINE

Date Activity
December 6, 2021 Call for Applications
December 31, 2021 Application Deadline
End of January, 2022 Announcement of Selected Applicants
February 17, 2022 Virtual Orientation Session
March – April 2022 Participation in 6 weekly online learning sessions taking place every Thursday and Climate Communications and Leadership training.
March – May 2022 Networking sessions that will be happening on weekends
February – June 2022 Implementation of at least three climate actions by Climate Ambassadors
June 30, 2022 Deadline to report to the GYCN on climate actions taken by Climate Ambassadors
July 2022 Closing session and celebration
2022 onwards Events and activities of the Climate Ambassador Alumni Community (voluntary)

Please Note: GYCN is a volunteer initiative of young professionals that is not institutionalized within the World Bank Group. GYCN is not responsible for and does not endorse the actions of its ambassadors.

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