Apply for the Atlas Corps: Spain & Andorra Climate Resilience Leadership Initiative
Priority deadline is October 31, 2022

The Atlas Corps: Spain & Andorra Climate Resilience Leadership Initiative is a new collaboration between Atlas Corps and BIOagradables with the support of the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain and Andorra. This Initiative will engage 10 emerging social change leaders living in Spain and Andorra to participate in the Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute.

The goals of this initiative are: 1) to advance citizen engagement in Spain and Andorra in the fight against the climate crisis, and 2) to deepen mutual understanding and collaboration between Americans and the people of Spain and Andorra, in advocating climate resilience.

The Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute is an online learning community for global social change professionals based on our established leadership development curriculum. Participants, known as Atlas Corps Scholars, enhance their professional skills, build their global networks, and prepare for leadership in their home communities.


Atlas Corps: Spain & Andorra Climate Resilience Leadership Initiative es una nueva colaboración entre Atlas Corps y BIOagradables con el apoyo de la Embajada y Consulado de Estados Unidos en España y Andorra. Esta iniciativa involucrará a 10 líderes emergentes del cambio social que viven en España y/o Andorra para participar en el Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute.

Los objetivos de esta iniciativa son: 1) impulsar el compromiso ciudadano en la lucha contra la crisis climática, y 2) profundizar en el entendimiento mutuo y la colaboración entre los estadounidenses y los españoles en la defensa de la resiliencia climática.

El Instituto Virtual de Liderazgo Atlas Corps es una comunidad de aprendizaje en línea para profesionales del cambio social global basada en nuestro programa de desarrollo de liderazgo establecido. Los participantes, conocidos como Atlas Corps Scholars, mejoran sus habilidades profesionales, construyen sus redes globales, y se preparan para el liderazgo en sus comunidades locales.


Format

The Virtual Leadership Institute takes place over five months (anticipated between March – August 2023) of online engagement and consists of five learning modules: Orientation, Developing Self, Developing Others, Leading Movements, and Reflection.

During the program, Scholars will:

  • Be empowered–through education, training, and practical experience–to lead initiatives that promote climate resilience by advancing the inclusive engagement of citizens in the fight against the climate crisis;
  • Come away with broader perspectives through an intercultural exchange, exercises in inclusive leadership, and self-reflection;
  • Connect with other leaders–Spanish, American, and global—whose influence, ideas, or support can help participants engage citizens in climate action in Spain.

Virtual Leadership Institute activities include:

  • Interactive Workshops: monthly virtual workshops designed and facilitated by leading professionals in the social change sector;
  • Self-Led Activities: a series of virtual activities that cultivate self-compassion and emotional intelligence, self-awareness in addressing change, methods for change management, and team conflict resolution, among others;
  • Peer Coaching Groups: a small group collaboration guided by trained coaches;
  • Leadership Projects: a participant-developed project to advance a personal or community-based activity with the possibility of applying for up to $1000 to support its implementation;
  • Networking and Intercultural Exchange: connect with other Spaniards and professionals from around the world for increased mutual understanding across borders.

Scholars will design and implement Leadership Projects, which can be an activity, training session, and/or venture that engages citizens in the fight against the climate crisis. Scholars will be encouraged to work collaboratively on their Leadership Projects. A Community Impact Fund will be established to support the implementation of the most promising Leadership Projects.

Benefits

— Engagement in approximately 100 hours of FREE professional development training that will enhance your knowledge, skills, and abilities;

— Peer coaching and eligibility for funding to develop your leadership project in your community;

— Publicity on Atlas Corps external communication channels as well as on U.S. Embassy & Consulate social media platforms;

— Access to additional Atlas Corps trainings and opportunities;

— Lifetime enrollment in the global Atlas Corps Community (of 1,500+ social change leaders from 115 countries) upon successful completion.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

— Be a resident of Spain or Andorra;

— Be 22–35 years old;

— Possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;

— Be proficient in English (oral, writing, reading);

— Experience addressing climate change issues in a professional or volunteer capacity is preferred, though not required;

— Be committed to applying the knowledge gained to multiply the impact of their Atlas Corps experience in Spain;

— Be available to commit to approximately 3 hours of online activity and assignments per week for approximately 5 months;

— Have the technological capacity to participate in video calls which may be during working hours (1-2 per month).

Atlas Corps and Bioagradables will commit to the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) with the aim of forming a cohort with unique experiences and backgrounds. Special focus will also be paid to geographic diversity, aiming for areas outside of Madrid and Barcelona and trying to reach first- or second-generation “New Spaniards.”

Application Process

Applicants must fill out this shortened application form to be considered for this opportunity. Please note that this application form is not for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. If you’re interested in applying for the Atlas Corps Fellowship separately, please visit apply.atlascorps.org. Atlas Corps and Bioagradables will commit to the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) when announcing and recruiting candidates for the program, ensuring the participants have unique experiences and backgrounds.

We anticipate notifying selected candidates in December and launching this initiative in March 2023.

Application Tips

In the video response and short essay section of the application, please focus your answer on your i and experience for climate action and sustainability.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question isn’t answered there, please email apply@atlascorps.org

Partner Organizations

BIOagradables is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 based in Valencia.y. It focuses on environmental protection and conservation, and it operates through a variety of awareness and education activities. Learn more here.

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