YOUNG AMBASSADORS PROGRAMME
Building a new generation of trustbuilders in Europe
09-18 July 2021
The Young Ambassadors Programme (YAP) is a learning experience in social transformation that links individual change and community change.
The programme, under the aegis of Tools for Changemakers, brings together young people who aspire to take an active role in transforming society, with a focus on Europe. The training explores the dynamic relationship between personal and global change, sharing stories and exchanging experiences, creating space for reflection and taking focused action.
The programme began in 2015 as an additional component of the Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business conference (now Tools for Changemakers). Over the last six years it has brought together over 200 participants, inspiring them with deeper conviction about Europe, equipping them with the tools to build sustainable change, and connecting them to a supportive network of similarly engaged young people, as well as to the wider Initiatives of Change network.
YAP bases its methods on over 70 years of trustbuilding work by Initiatives of Change around the world.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Young Ambassadors Programme 2021 will take place in an online format. The programme will be a series of twelve 90-minutes sessions in English, held between the 9 and 18 July 2021.
To train and equip young people with practical tools and deeper sensitivity to the diverse perspectives of others
To develop a network of young people who are committed to positive change in their communities
To create opportunities for further cooperation and collaboration and follow-up activities between participants and alumni
To contribute to and promote a richer mutual understanding of beliefs, values, identity, history and cultures through a collective learning experience
What we offer
A training programme that supports your efforts to transform your community and equips you with tools for social change, dialogue and peacebuilding
An opportunity to grow in your understanding of social transformation and commitment on the basis of (self-)reflection
The opportunity to become part of a European-based community of young changemakers and friends who are working towards change, starting with themselves, and supporting each other in this process
Upon graduation, the Young Ambassadors join the community of YAP alumni, with the opportunity to take part in further programmes specifically designed for their needs.
Who is this programme for?
Young people aged 18-30 who:
Demonstrate a strong interest or active participation in civil society initiatives, NGOs, political organizations and structures
Are willing to make space for new ideas, dialogue and reflection on topics that impact communities
Show interest and curiosity about the experiences of others and come with an open mind
Have a high standard of spoken English
Are ready to share about the challenges of social cohesion, identity and trust in their communities (however big or small) and are ready to take initiative after the training programme
Are ready to participate actively throughout the entire duration of the programme
Since we are running this programme online this year, we are gratefully inviting young people from everywhere. However, the programme focuses on residence or citizenship in the following countries: Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Romania, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and Ukraine.
The Young Ambassadors Programme is funded by Movetia, the Swiss agency for exchange and mobility.
When and where
The Young Ambassadors Programme sessions will take place online, on two weekends (9-11 July and 16-18 July).
Participants’ learning and the group’s dynamic depend on their commitment to all sessions.
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