Thursday, July 19, 2007

Leaders for Change: Innovation to Action - Reducing Poverty

The Maytree Foundation was established in 1982, and believes that there are three fundamental issues that threaten political and social stability: wealth disparities between and within nations; mass migration of people because of war, oppression and environmental disasters; and the degradation of the environment.

From the Maytree Vision:
We view society’s toleration of poverty as a fundamental threat to stability in Canada and the rest of the world. Systemic poverty is an unjustifiable burden to millions of people, which results in paralyzing costs to society. It perpetuates a vicious cycle by limiting opportunity and repressing the human spirit. The correlation between poverty and most serious social problems is a stunning indictment of society’s continuing toleration of poverty.

Maytree believes that poverty can be reduced through initiatives that create opportunities for people to break the poverty cycle. We also believe that progressive social policies play a significant role in alleviating poverty and supporting the common good.
Maytree is accepting applications to the Leaders for Change programme.

Program Overview

Leaders for Change offers leadership development for social justice activists committed to systemic change through action-based poverty reduction initiatives.

The core principles of the program are collaborative leadership and diversity of people, ideas and approaches.

The program offers leadership development through:

* Deepening participants’ understanding of self and community
* Skills development opportunities
* Peer learning and mentorship
* Tools for transforming analysis into action – individual and collaborative

Program Format

The 2007 program will take place from October 2007 to June 2008 and includes a variety of learning opportunities, including retreats, training and self-directed action projects.

Components include:

* A two-day opening retreat
* 7 full day training sessions once per month; 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
* 1-day closing retreat

Participants will be expected to undertake an action-based poverty reduction project in one of the following streams:

* An individual project contextualized within the work they are currently doing; OR
* A collaborative small group project they conceptualize and develop within the context of the program

Participants will be responsible for developing and implementing their projects with the assistance of peers, mentors and the program facilitator.

Application Deadline: Friday September 14, 2007 – 5:00 PM

For additional information contact Tina Edan, Manager, Leadership and Learning.
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