Frequently Asked Questions
When will registration open? What information do I need to have ready?
Registration is open throughout September. Your
YMCA Area Alliance will register you, so you will only need your contact information, whether you have an existing solution or are developing a new idea, and share any initial thoughts. It’s simple!
If I am not planning on joining a solution team, can I still get involved?
Yes! You can support as a Leadership Coach to a Solution Team if you have experience in environment, climate change, sustainability or leading projects (this will be available on the website soon!) or attend the public portions of the Summit on October 19 and October 23. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or
sign-up for updates.
What is the schedule like for the event?
This event is a bit different than others you might have attended. If you are part of a Solution Team, you will participate in a Preparation Week (October 12-16) with your region/YMCA Area Alliance (live connections to be announced) and then the Solution Week (October 19-23) with your peers from around the world.
The live portions of the event are Monday 19 and Friday 23 October, but you will have access to pre-recorded content in between the live events. If you are not part of a solution team, you are invited to join the journey during our live events on October 19 and 23. Please see more details on our
What type of information/content will be available?
During the Preparation Week (October 12-16), you will share and learn about the regional context of the climate crisis and have access to pre-recorded learning around relevant topics. During the Solution Week (October 19-23), you will have access to pre-recorded skills development webinars such as public speaking, design thinking, and special broadcast live Summit events on 19 and 23 October, as well as much more
I do not have a team. Can I still participate?
Yes. Please reach out to the listed
YMCA contact for your region to see if there are other teams being formed that you can join. If there are not, you can bring your friends from outside of YMCA to join you in forming a team. Remember, a team is at least 6 people.
Okay, I have a group of friends who will be on my team. What’s next?
Excellent! Check out
the process to see what next steps are. We will also share more guidance on Solution Team meetings.
What if my team is not all from the same YMCA? Or not from a YMCA at all?
That's absolutely fine, you are not limited by geographical boundaries, and no former YMCA connection is required! As long as you are committing to work on a solution together (it can be the same solution, but in different areas!), you can follow the same process as the Solution Teams. If you are all from the same region, reach out to the
lead person from your region.
Who can I talk to about joining a Solution Team?
You can see who the lead person for
your region here. You can email them directly and ask if there are solution teams already being formed.
How do I know if my YMCA is participating?
You can either contact your local YMCA or the
lead person for your region. You can email them directly and ask if there is a Solution Team already being formed.
What is the time commitment?
That is a great question! This is not your typical event - please read
the commitment and process carefully. If you participate on a Solution Team, you will work for two weeks (October 12-23) to develop your team’s solution and then implement it for 3-6 months after.
I have some questions and need support. Who do I talk to?
If you know who your
regional lead is, you can contact them. Otherwise, you can email email@example.com.
What can I do to support a Solution Team(s)?
If you are a local/national YMCA, there are lots of things you can do! You can:
- Help young leaders form Solution Teams by connecting them with each other
- Identify Leadership Coaches to support them (more details coming soon)
- Help with access to the internet to participate
- Connect with existing resources around environment/climate
- Organise check-ins with local solution teams
- Elevate stories of impact
Will every Solution Team get seed funding?
Every solution team is eligible to apply for seed funding, but funds are limited and subject to a criteria that will be published at a later date.
How big are the seed funding prizes?
This information is coming soon! Fundraising is still pending, but we will announce amounts when we are closer to the date. There will be multiple levels of seed funding depending on how the solution scores against the criteria.
I want to contribute towards seed funding for solutions to address the climate crisis.
Thank you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss partnership opportunities.