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Grand Aspirations empowers, connects, and supports youth leaders as they create innovative, self-sustaining, and inter-dependent initiatives that systemically integrate climate and energy solutions, economic security, and social justice. Read more
Grand Aspirations empowers, connects, and supports youth leaders as they create innovative, self-sustaining, and inter-dependent initiatives that systemically integrate climate and energy solutions, economic security, and social justice.
The main program of Grand Aspirations is the the Summer of Solutions, described below:
In the face of a falling economy, an energy crisis, fragmented and inequitable communities, and the growing threat of global warming, youth are coming together to create and implement solutions that address all of these challenges together. These are solutionaries - youth leaders who work as innovative organizers across issue lines to build the green economy as an engine for local opportunity, climate and energy solutions, and social justice.
Every summer, youth gather in communities across the nation for the Summer of Solutions - a training ground for its participants and a launching pad for the solutionary vision. With the support of local partnerships and a national network of fellow solutionaries, participants create self-sustaining projects that have a direct impact on their communities and that serve as models for others to build on.
The Summer of Solutions is a grassroots, volunteer-based, people-powered program, and we rely on people just like you for just about everything - from the project expertise, to the local partnerships, to the financial support for the young people dedicating their summer to build the solutions.