The GCCA Mentoring Programme

For the last five years the GCCA has supported youth organisations around the world to raise their voices in the climate movement. Much of this work has been based around international meetings, or in countries where the GCCA has traditionally worked. For example, in 2012 together with partners, we supported the Arab Youth Climate Movement, and in 2013 we brought together and supported the Polish Youth Climate Network. This year we are broadening this support to offer it to more youth groups around the world in the form of a mentoring programme for young people. If you are a young person working on climate issues in your region then read on to find out how you can get involved…


What is the programme?

The GCCA mentoring programme aims to empower you as a young climate leader, within a youth led organisation, to build and grow both your own organization/group/project, and more broadly the climate movement in your region.

The mentoring scheme is a six month programme running from and inclusive of June – November 2014. During this time you will commit to taking part in two 90-minute sessions per month. In these you will participate in GCCA led training based on movement strategy and leadership development, as well as build a relationship with your mentor. We aim to match young people with mentors who are from their region, therefore have specific contextual knowledge. We hope this will also enable you to speak together in your ‘home’ language. However, please note that the GCCA-led training and general communication will happen in English.

The Mentoring Programme aims to:

  • Introduce you to movement strategy and equip you with leadership development tools
  • Support you to apply these tools to your local/regional movement
  • Provide you with access to assets such as networks, support, resources and experience
  • Encourage skill-sharing across the climate movement

The programme will prioritise those of you coming from countries outside of USA/Canada/UK/Australia/NZ and/or those of you from any country who face barriers to accessing leadership positions in the climate movement due to factors such as gender, ethnicity, class, education, ability etc.

The GCCA will

  • Match you with a mentor who has regional knowledge and who can communicate with you in your home language.
  • Facilitate at least one 90 minute Skype call a month with this mentor.
  • Lead one 90 minute Skype call a month with all the mentees together to work through a training programme of movement strategy and leadership development tools and resources.
  • Provide you with resources based on the training programme.
  • Provide ongoing support and communication.
  • Provide long-term support in some activities following the six month programme.

We also hope that as part of the programme we will be able to support you in meeting your mentor in person and arrange and support an in person training for everyone on the mentoring programme to come together. However we cannot confirm this at this time.

Is it for me?

We are looking for:

  • Young people from around the world who are involved with youth-led organisations that work on climate change. We believe youth is self defining so there is no formal age limit. You could be from an organisation, a group or a project, it does not have to be a formally registered organisation, but should involve more people than just you.
  • We would love for you to apply as a pair from your organisation/group/project so you can support each other through the programme, but we will not discriminate if this is not possible for your organisation/group/project.

You will need:

  • To be able to attend Skype calls and read documents in English.
  • To commit to the full six month programme and any follow up work – so you need to be planning to be active in your organisation/group/project for that whole time.
  • To commit to one 90 minute training call with GCCA facilitators each month and one 90 minute Skype call with your mentor each month.
  • To have access to an internet connection good enough to join Skype and Google Hangouts.

Who will the mentors be and how will you choose who is matched with who?

The mentors will come from across the GCCA network and be familiar with the climate movement in their/your region. They will come from a range of organisations, groups and projects. We cannot guarantee that your mentor has specific skills or expertise. We are approaching mentors as we receive applications so we can pick both mentors and young people based on the best matches.

How do I apply and when is the deadline?

Fill in the application form that can be found here . The deadline is May 9th, however we will be looking at applications as they come in. For those who get through to the next stage of the application process we will be in touch to arrange an interview on Skype. This will also be a chance for you to ask more questions. We aim to get back to everyone by the end of May with a response.

How do I get more info?

If you want more info, have any questions, or have any difficulties with the application please get in touch with Anna at

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