Applications Open for Summer of Solutions 2012

Call for Young Leaders to Join Programs in Seventeen Sites Nationwide
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NATIONWIDE | February 6, 2012 – Applications are now open to join Summer of Solutions (SOS) programs across the country, including Oakland and Los Angeles. Summer of Solutions is a people-powered program for youth (ages 14-30) to develop their leadership and build just, sustainable economies in their communities.

In the face of a failing economy, an energy crisis, and the growing threat of global warming, youth are coming together to create and implement solutions that address these challenges. Together, these people are Solutionaries: young leaders who work to uplift local communities, build the green economy, and push for social justice.

The program gives participants the opportunity to create and support local green economy projects while acquiring skills and strategies that empower them as agents of Solutionary change wherever they go. The Solutionary values of Community, Prosperity, Sustainability and Justice are staples of every SOS program.

Testimonial from CSSC member, Ambrosia Krinsky (UC Berkeley) : “Summer of Solutions Oakland 2011 was the most eye opening experience! I learned how to effectively work in a group of ethnically, racially and socio-economically diverse young people as “solutionaries” to implement sustainable programs at the grassroots level. The communal living aspect was challenging but rewarding, out of that experience I built deep friendships which I think will last for life!’

This summer, we are welcoming a new wave of young leaders to join us. Learn more about the 17 programs located coast-to-coast, and click here to apply to the program nearest you.

Past Summer of Solutions programs have:

*Built community gardens and farms on vacant lots
*Founded and partnered with energy businesses to create community-based clean energy systems
*Created community spaces (from mini-golf courses in the coal fields of West Virginia to playgrounds in Detroit)
*Designed green manufacturing and living spaces out of old factory spaces and organized to make the plans reality

You can read more stories and stay-up-to-date on the progress of programs at the Solutionaries blog. To learn more about the values, principles, and strategies of SOS, visit the web site of Grand Aspirations.

Link to the application:

Summer of Solutions is hosted by Grand Aspirations, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Grand Aspirations Media Team
Los Angeles CA 90028
(320) 267-5746

There are two rounds of applications: a priority round, ending on 2/23/2012, and a final round, ending on 4/12/2012. Applicants who apply before the end of the priority round will hear back by 3/12. Applications received after the end of the priority round but before the final deadline will hear back by 4/30. Some programs may keep their local applications open beyond 4/12, but there is no guarantee that any specific program will do so.

Posted in California Student Sustainability Coalition Magazine, Sustainability Opportunities.