#1. IS THIS FREE OF COST?
Yes. Printing PDF posters is part of your challenge, though. Come on.
#2. IS IT FOR KIDS+YOUTH ONLY?
Yes. Unless you do rocking twen stuff and have reason to do that as YL Clan.
#3. WHAT CAN ADULTS DO?
Adults make perfect YL Chapter members! Be a Messenger. Be an Ambassador. Spread infos, give presentations, organize Spark Sessions. Organize investors. Support YL Clans in media work, outreach, logistics and communications. Organize YL exhibits and fundraisers at your workplace. Find out more on the main Youth-LeadeR website.
#4. DO I HAVE TO DO ALL 3.5 MISSIONS EVERY MONTH?
Yes. If you want to be part but with less, and picking your favourites – WELCOME, join the YL Student Club network! CG RISING is a new brand of awesome for full on changemakers living this like their sport. View “our Vision”. Maybe you can upgrade to this as you go, since, see #4.
#5. CAN I FIT 3.5 MISSIONS A MONTH INTO MY LIFE?
Yes. (0.5) The exhibit is easy. Takes minutes and supports everything else you are doing. (1) The $100 Fundraiser (e.g. a bake sales table at the exhibit / your Clans HQ is a natural on-the-go thing that student clubs do anyway). (2) The Social Experiment is a fun casual lifestyle challenge accompanying you through the day, with fun, taking some attention and a 2 social media post. (3) The Project on small level takes a few hours with your best friends YL Warriors. Rocking advanced levels is something taking a few hours or an afternoon, – like a sports event on a weekend. So, no big deal. Like a sport. For those with positive change as a priority that’s a breeze! We are talking YL WARRIORS here, the highest breed of planetary guardians.
#6. HOW DO I INTRODUCE THIS AT SCHOOL?
YL offers many angles and opportunities to do so. Put up a poster. Talk to friends to start a clan. Talk to your trusted teachers. Usually, they are very open to heart-felt topics and causes. Your goal is to make a presentation in class. Better: Organize a Spark Session! It offers ultimate inspiration with favourite causes for everyone, culminating in action plans. Makes it hard to not follow up with real action. Organize an exhibit and maintain it, attuned to current UN Days of the Month. Found a YL Student Club. Add these activities to existing student clubs. Create a stand with cool activities at a school event. Organize a Youth Action Day. Add a YL Speaker. Connect with teachers, parents and the parents club, there are always some that love to help you.
#7. WHAT ARE GOOD OCCASIONS TO INTRODUCE THIS AT SCHOOL?
First and last weeks of a school year. UNITED NATIONS Days (of youth, water, girls, peace, rural women, teachers,), Earth Day, etc. Project weeks.
#8. WHICH SUBJECTS CAN WE CONNECT WITH?
Really any subject, if you are smart. It depends on the teacher and unit. Water unit? Robyn! Wetlands? Avalon! Food, Agriculture, Energy? Cassandra, Gabrielle, Chloe! Engineering, science? Jonny, William, Lonjezo! Human rights, indigenous people, education? Julia and Emma, Babar, Daniella, Neha! BUT: Foreign language clases are ALWAYS good for a Spark Session, hero/ines for units, and even weekly presentations on Hero/ines of the Month! The motivation for reading, research, speaking, audiovisual comprehension has never been as high as when using these stories and videos!
#9. HOW DO WE CONQUER THE MEDIA?
Be awesome! Shine, have fun, feel great, take action, take casual PHOTOS IN ACTION with your cell phone to fill your YL Clans’s facebook stream, take them really good ones to give to MEDIA people. Be inspirational, be yourself, express your passion, what you have experienced and what you love about it. Tell the audience that you offer them to get involved, speak at their schools and help! Study Julia and Emma’s awesome facebook stream, and view how their adventure unfolded.
#10. DO YOU HAVE TRAINING SESSIONS FOR ME?
Yes, in many ways. Your 3.5 Monthly Misions are excellent training. To constantly upgrade your spirit and skills, however, there’s more to unfold your inner hero/ine to the max: (1) The on-the-go training is to subscribe to all our social media and get involved in them. (2) The Spark Tour is the ultimate 90min workshop to be taken on your fav’ couch with (or without) best friends, yummy drinks and treats. (3) We have Tribal Online Meetings with Q&A’s sharing anecdotes and celebrating achievements. (4) Your “live” video sessions with Hero/ines are true training, also.
#11. WHAT ARE OUR SEASON TIMES?
CG Rising is played in 2 seasons per year. We align them roughly with the school year in our epi-centre of presence – North America. Don’t fret about it. That’s where we have the most youth leadership culture to begin with. We cannot find a global pattern, as the long summer holidays are opposed in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, and India even starts in January (true?).
#12. ARE THERE PRIZES?
We do plan for honours and prizes for Continental Clans Champions etc. Haven’t figured this out yet, but we’ll find the resources and gifts of awesome along the way. Stuff like ocean holidays with our hero/ines – swimming with sharks. True Griffindore stuff! What did you expect?
#13. CAN I TURN MY CREDITS INTO PERKS AND PRIZES?
If you arrange for it – yes. We cannot do that yet. But you can connect with regional sponsors (aligned with our code of the future; no petrol, GMO’s, trash food etc) to honour so and so many points with organic gift baskets or movie tickets. That’s cool. Let us hear about it.
#14. WHY DO I TAKE ACTION BEFORE I REGISTER?
1) Your Starter Actions give you a feeling of how typical YL activities. Check out if you like it, before officially registering. This start is actually the super hardest part(!) since your Muggle school community is new to it, and you are starting with a small team. It gets easier later, when more people join in, and know what magic is about.
2) Our benchmark are real, active changemakers, so you have the ultimate community experience. Therefore, we only accept people who have proven themselves already, and know that this is what they like to pursue.
3) Registration, welcome and Hi5’s cost us lifetime. We are buzy nonstop, so we invest it to the fullest.
#15. DO YOU HAVE A DATABASE OF YL WARRIORS AND CLANS?
An invisible one, yes. We will have a public one, also. You will see which Warriors are / have been active in what season, what missions, quests, badges, and special honours they have gained. After all, we want this to have value for your official CV, also. It’s all fun, and yet for real. And want no cheaters.
#16. CAN I GET A PERSONAL CERTIFICATE?
1) Your personal certificate are your Warrior Chronicles and vividly illustrated Clans Chronicles on social media. You can always indicate the time period that you were active; it shows photos of your clan in all sorts of actions, media presence, facts, impacts etc.
2) The media presence that you generate speaks a lot of words. Make sure to to creatze vibrant images, with you rockstar and your name.
3) At the end of a season, we celebrate clans, champions and give special honours
4) Outstanding Warriors will naturally be present through the season in our facebook stream, in webcast interaction, impact etc and word about them will spread among YL – so that our core team will indeed be able to write up something personal on demand. SO BE AWESOME!
P.S.: Your actions can make you a local, and even national hero/ine within months or a year – just like our Hero/ines. Imagine yourself after three, five years! You won’t worry about a certificate then, dear. But your emdia presence and YL Warrior Level (30? 50?!) will speak for itself.
#17. WHAT’S NEXT?
YCG RISING DICTIONARY
Education for Sustainable Development?
Your definition of Hero/ines?
My Inner Hero/ine?
Positive Change Media Culture?
Our New, Highly Gifted?
Informal Sustainability Learning Environments?
Benefits – for personal, idealist and professional paths?
Benefits for schools?