Why this approach to training

Page - September 22, 2011
The Greenpeace Semester aims to empower students to be agents of change through hands on experience in grassroots organizing, training in essential campaign planning skills, and a deep knowledge of the most pressing environmental issues we face today.

We believe that given the right opportunities and the proper mentorship, the student activists of today will be the future leaders of the environmental movement.

The Greenpeace Semester creates an environment of diverse experiential learning and mentorship. Our model of learning and training is dependent on active participants and experiential learning. Students reflect on their experience and receive feedback and mentorship from Semester Coordinators. During the Semester, students are encouraged to develop effective leadership and team-building skills.

Semester students are not formally graded, but will have regular one-on-one meetings with staff. These meetings are set up to allow students to reflect on their progress in the Semester. During these meetings, students receive one-on-one training, mentorship, and feedback.

The structure of the Greenpeace Semester training is very focused on group work throughout the duration of each term. At times, students will work in small or large groups to achieve project goals. Through this teamwork, students develop their listening skills, respectfully communicate challenges, and resolve conflicts openly and constructively.

We believe this hands-on, experiential learning style is essential for budding activists and organizers. Students have the opportunity to test new approaches to working in groups on campus and can see what works for them.