SDG Cities Academy


Please Note: Applications are now CLOSED.

The SDG Cities Academy will run again in 2022. If you are interested in attending and/or learning more about this program please connect with Luis Patricio, SDG Cities Co-Lead (London). His contact information is listed below. 

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Cities Academy, is a 10 week training program designed to help you deepen your learning about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and embed them in the work of your organization. Academy participants will join the growing network of organizations, individuals, businesses and others focused on strengthening communities by working together towards the SDGs. 

The SDG Cities Academy is designed to leverage existing resources and expertise as well as a supportive and collaborative peer-to-peer learning model to help build local knowledge and capacity about the SDGs. The training will draw on real life examples, experiences and best practices from here at home and around the world.


The Academy combines online learning sessions, expert speakers and collaborative work to increase your understanding of the SDGs and your capacity to embed the principles, targets and indicators of the SDGs in the work of your organization. The training will draw on real life examples, experiences and best practices from here at home and around the world. As an Academy participant you will:

* Connect with a growing network dedicated to realizing the SDGs in your community; 

* Increase your understanding of the shared language SDGs and how it can be advanced locally; 

* Understand and build capacity for Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) using the SDGs as a framework; 

* Learn to integrate SDGs into organizational development, communications, funding and investment strategies with a focus on positive impact.

* Access to ongoing SDG training, coaching and networking opportunities in your community.


As an Academy participant, you will also have access to tools and resources to support your learning and help expand your knowledge and capacity to engage in SDG work, including;  

* Customized tools and exercises to support your SDG journey;

* A curated list of resources and reading materials to support ongoing learning; 

* Optional tutorials and coaching sessions on an as needed basis. Each participant organization will be offered up to 3 hours of additional one-on-one or small group coaching through the SDG Cities Academy; 

* Exclusive online content, networking and support through the SDG Cities Academy Mighty Networks platform; 

* Optional informal networking opportunities with your local cohort;

* This training is offered to organizations free of charge through funding provided by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals program. Estimated value of the training and resources offered is $950 for the 10 week session.   


* The SDG Cities Academy is open to nonprofits and community organizations

* Individuals and/or groups need to be located in Southwestern Ontario (about a 45 minute radius of London or Guelph)

* Participating organizations should be able to commit to sending one or more participants for the duration of the 10 week training (different participants can attend on different days)

* Ideal participants have an interest in learning more about the SDGs and could be directly involved in applying the SDG framework to the work of your organization. 

* The program is only open to a maximum of 9 organizations.


* 10 weeks, January 26th – March 30th, 2022 - every Wednesday 

* One session per week on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:30 pm 

* 16 hours of instruction time

* Up to 8 hours of homework to be completed outside of group sessions as time and interest allows

*Applications are due at 11:59 PM, Wednesday, January 5, 2022


The Academy will present information in flexible and dynamic ways to support learning and meaningful connection between participants. 

* Learning Sessions (virtual) are delivered jointly for participants in both Guelph and London with guest speakers and a focus on introducing new concepts and examples. 

* Working Sessions (virtual or in person) will support you as you learn and apply your learning to your work. The format will remain flexible to accommodate the needs of participants.

* Optional Tutorials and Coaching Sessions will also be available on an as needed basis  to support applied learning during the Academy.

* Connecting through Mighty Networks Online Community will allow participants to connect outside of the classroom and deepen learning in key areas.


Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Exploring the shared language of the SDGs 

Module 3: Preparing for your SDG journey 

Module 4: Putting the SDGs to Work: Prioritization and Linkages

Module 5: Crafting your SDG Agenda 

Module 6: SDGs for Impact Measurement & Management 

Module 7: Measuring and Monitoring your SDG Impact  

Module 8: SDG Storytelling, Communications and Reporting

Module 9: Assessing Progress and Optimizing your SDG Approach

Module 10: Advancing Collective Work on the SDGs 


In collaboration with 10C Shared Space in Guelph, SDG Cities: A holistic approach to activating SDGs in mid-sized communities for long-term impacts.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have been at the heart of much of the work of both 10C and Pillar Nonprofit, and their respective members, since their beginnings.

SDG Cities will enable these two mid-size cities, London and Guelph, to increase the number of people and organizations actively using and contributing to the SDGs. Through knowledge-sharing, story-telling and community connection, this project will help to increase awareness of SDGs within these communities and share ideas about how these can be incorporated into existing and future structures and networks, working toward longterm systems change.

SDG Cities is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals Program.

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