CoalitionWILD is inviting young individuals with a passion for the environment and a vision for positive change, to participate in the 2023 edition of its EXCELerator Program. Do you fall in this category of persons, this program is your opportunity to turn your environmental ideas into impactful projects.
We encourage you to take your time to read through this post in other to explore the details of this transformative 6-month capacity-building and leadership development program. Let’s discuss briefly about CoalitionWILD, to have an understanding of the brain behind this EXCELerator Program
At the 10th World Wilderness Congress in 2013, CoalitionWILD was established as a result of the realization that youth leadership in conservation offers untapped potential for progress.
The program was first intended as a volunteer movement to unite young leaders who were enthusiastic about the environment, but it was later recognized that in order to make a genuine difference, young people needed to be given the tools, information, and opportunities to make a difference where it was most needed—at home.
In 2015, CoalitionWILD began playing a more active role in the development of young people. They continue to support youth leadership through mentoring, offering chances for skill development and upskilling training, and amplifying the voices of young people through networking and storytelling.
EXCELerator Program 2023 Overview
The EXCELerator program is designed to run for a duration of six months, with a capacity building and leadership development training session for young people who have an idea for an environmental project. These projects can tackle issues facing ecosystems, wildlife, communities, cultures, or livelihoods.
Therefore, whether your project is just an idea, in its early stages, or already being implemented, this program offers you the support and resources needed to make a real difference.
Who’s Eligible to Participate?
You are expected to meet the following criteria, to be considered eligible for the EXCELerator program
- Be 35 years of age or younger at the start of the program in November 2023.
- Have a project idea within the environmental field.
- Be dedicated to developing your project idea.
- Have access to a sound computer and a strong internet connection for a smooth virtual experience
- For those applying for the EXCELerator LIVE program, availability for live sessions on Thursdays between 12:30 to 14:00 UTC is also required.
Benefits of Joining the EXCELerator Program
Participating in the EXCELerator program opens up a world of opportunities for young environmental enthusiasts. These benefits include:
- Virtual Learning Platform: The program is conducted 100% virtually, making it accessible to participants from around the world. You can choose between two program tracks: EXCELerator LIVE or EXCELerator FLEX, depending on your needs and availability.
- Expert Sessions: Access 14 recorded sessions led by expert speakers covering various topics such as project development and management, fundraising, grant writing, effective communication, and more. These sessions are designed to equip you with essential skills for your environmental project.
- Interaction and Networking: Engage with other program participants through discussion forums. Share your learnings, ask questions, and showcase the work you’re doing in your own country. This platform is not just about learning but also about building a global network of like-minded individuals.
- Resource Toolkits: Throughout the program, you’ll have access to a constantly updated list of downloadable resources to support your project’s growth and development.
- Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive an official Certificate of Completion, a valuable recognition of your achievements during the six-month journey.
- Global Opportunities: Get access to global opportunities for funding, networking, and having your project spotlighted on CoalitionWILD’s social media and WILD Voices blog.
How to Apply for EXCELerator Program 2023
If you meet the program’s requirements, the application process is easy. To apply;
- Visit the CoalitionWILD website and complete the application form before the deadline on October 8, 2023.
- Click this link to access and complete the Google application form: https://forms.gle/gua8CwZV6ht1M7877
- You can visit the official website below for more information https://wild.org/coalitionwild/excelerator/
October 8, 2023.