Sunday, January 10, 2016

Merit360 - 360 global young leaders in NYC



Provided by: World Merit

Location (s)

  • United States of America
New York

Required Language (s)



The most significant program for 360 global citizens committed to tackle the UN Sustainable Development goals, in the United States September 2016.



Merit360 is the world's most significant program for global citizens committed to tackle the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. It is innovative and inspirational. End of August 2016, World Merit will gather 360 changemakers from all over the world in the USA for two weeks, to work on projects that will contribute in tackling the SDGs. These two weeks will focus on skill development, teamwork and sustainable development projects. The program is meant to be life- and world changing for the participants and the planet. It concludes in the United Nations Headquarters in New York and will include many global leaders as speakers and mentors. 
As participant, you will work as part of a team of 360 people representing (almost) every country, and what you develop will be presented at the United Nations and be implemented for the good of global society. You will lead hundreds of thousands of people, from World Merit and beyond, in taking action and ensuring a better future for all. 
You will start by getting to know the 360 participants in the World Merit community platform. After researching issues, this group will gather in the United States, with much of the program facilitated at Indian Head Camp, before the conclusion convenes in the United Nations in New York. The period from 27 August - 12 September 2016 will prove incredibly important for you as an individual and we will work to make sure it is also the start of something important for the planet.  
If you can’t quite decide what SDG you are most passionate about tackling, but you have awesome media or creative skills to bring to Merit360, then you can also apply to become part of the 360 Media and Creative Team. To make a real impact, we need to tell the world what we are doing! We are looking for 60 people to support the work of the teams that are working towards projects tackling the Sustainable Development Goals. Like the other 360 delegates, you will take part in many of the workshops, listen to the key notes and have the opportunity to work on the different projects.
Roles include: filmmakers, photographers, graphic designers, social media managers, researchers, tech experts, journalists, bloggers, artists and podcasters. 

All we ask of our applicants is that they are ready to make a change, and to do this now. Applying is easy.
Step 1: fill in the application form HERE
Step 2: take the short online eligibility interview
Step 3: get selected and pay the deposit to confirm your place
Opportunity is About:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

The eligible candidate:
- is between 18 and 30
- speaks (at least average) English
- has a passion to change the world for the better
- is interested in one of the Sustainable Development Goals or wants to utilize their media / creative skills to tackle these goals.


March 31, 2016
Program Starts:
August 27, 2016
Program Ends:
September 11, 2016

Cost for a participant:

Partially Funded

The generosity of our partners, and the fundraising efforts of the World Merit team and World Merit members have led to the happy fact that once selected, 87.5% of your program fee has already been covered! This means that £5250 of the full £6000 cost of the program has been found for you! 
Upon selection you will be asked to pay or fundraise for the £750 balance of the total program costs. You will also be required to embark on a Pay It Forward campaign to raise money for scholarships for future Merit360 participants. 
The process will go like this:
1.   You apply and are interviewed.
2.   You are selected.
3.   We will deduct £5250 from the £6000 program fees.
4.   You will pay / fundraise the balance of your costs at £750. To be paid within the agreed timeframe.
5.   You will be asked to set a Pay It Forward fundraising target to provide scholarship funds for future people of merit. We will help you achieve those targets and raise finances that you will have some input to where it goes. You will be involved in selecting people from a specific country perhaps or to support developing activists in a specific SDG.
6.   You will join us for Merit360 in the US in August 2016, and work on the worlds most prestigious program explicitly tackling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 
Though all program costs, including food, accommodation, mid program transportation etc., are covered, you are responsible for your own logistics of getting to and from a set location in New York City.



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