Life at UCB through the eyes of our student bloggers

Uprising Environmental Leadership Programme

Uprising Environmental Leadership Programme

Hello again!

I hope you’ve been keeping busy during the lockdown. Whether it be exercising, baking, reading or even taking on a new course online!

Have you ever heard of Uprising? They believe that young people are uniquely placed to change the world, therefore they provide courses for young people – often people who are from a wide range of backgrounds who are underrepresented in positions of leadership.

Courses which Uprising offer include:

  • Surviving to Thriving
  • Environmental Leadership
  • One Million Mentors
  • Future Generations Leadership Academy
  • Fast Laners
  • Find your Power
  • Leadership Programme

I have been doing the Environmental Leadership Programme and think it’s great! You need 80% attendance to graduate with them and will be asked to attend online Zoom meetings each Thursday evening from 6-8pm. They have a really good way of delivering the course, they don’t just read a PowerPoint slide to you, they ask you how you are feeling when you join the call and ask how you feel when you leave the call. They often have a guest speaker/panel of speakers so there are different people talking to you and sharing their knowledge/experience with you.

They also ask you to get involved with their activities and they tend to use Mural for this or Menti. You will be put into breakout rooms quite often so you can make new friends, get to know the people on your course and discuss what we are learning. I know not many people like breakout rooms so this could sound daunting for some of you, but I can assure you that it is worth joining the course and the breakout rooms should not put you off at all. I personally get anxiety when I am in the breakout rooms so I tend to type to them on the chat, mute my microphone and take my video camera off. However, I can definitely say that my confidence is starting to improve as last week I used my microphone to talk in one of the breakout rooms and hopefully one of the days I will feel comfortable enough to put my camera on! 🙂

I think it’s important to mention that they will probably ask you to download an app on your phone called Slack – it is how we all communicate with each other in between sessions. They also regularly ask for feedback on your session and if ever you feel worried about something, they are very open-minded, friendly and are always willing to help you 🙂

Topics each week:

Some of the topics we have covered so far are:

  • Networking and relationship building
  • Action in the community
  • Creating political and social change
  • Long-term goals for our campaigns and making them sustainable

My favourite part of this course is that we get to do a campaign! We also get group support and a mentor for our campaign ideas so it honestly encourages us to take action!

Some of our campaign ideas included:

  • Mental nealth and nature
  • Reducing single-use plastic
  • Educating children about how to be sustainable
  • Increasing litter picking
  • Encouraging more sustainability shops
  • Fast fashion
  • Encouraging biodiversity and balancing out meat/vegetarian eaters

Do you have any campaign ideas? I’d love to see your ideas in the comments section! 🙂

I hope that you have found this blog useful and that you can join us on one of the courses!

Thanks for reading!

Charley 🙂 x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *