Young Ambassadors Programme (YAP)
Building the Next Generation of Trustbuilders in Europe
Please note: Due to the risks related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), registrations for this year's Caux Forum are currently on hold. The Caux Forum dates are therefore subject to change. Please stay tuned as more information will be made available soon.
‘Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing [them]self.’ - Leo Tolstoy
Call for Application - Application deadline: 27 March 2020
The Young Ambassadors Programme (YAP), under the aegis of Tools for Changemakers, will bring together 35 young Europeans who aspire to take an active role in transforming society. A 12-day journey will take the Young Ambassadors through an intensive training programme that will inspire deeper conviction about Europe, equip them with the reflective and practical tools to build sustainable change, and connect them to a supportive network of similarly engaged young people.
The training will explore the dynamic relationship between personal change, sharing stories and exchanging experiences, taking focused action and space for reflection. The journey will continue duringt he Tools forChangemakers forum, during which the Young Ambassadors will resurface from the deep dive of the training programme and engage with forum participants of different ages and backgrounds. The forum will have a practical focus, alongside the CauxForum’s particular emphasis on space for reflection, personal change, empathy and dialogue. It will equip the Young Ambassadors with the tools they need to take an active role in social transformation on a local, national or international level.
- To train and equip a new generation of young Europeans with practical skills, peacebuilding tools, integrity and sensitivity to the diverse perspective of others
- To develop a network of young Europeans willing to be actors for positive change in their communities and countries
- 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
- To empower the participants to take an active role in their communities and equip them with tools for social transformation and inspire change from within.
A twelve days training programme that will support youre fforts in transforming your community and will equip you with tools for social change, dialogue and peacebuilding
- An opportunity to grow in your understanding of leadership and commitment on the basis of (self-)reflection on analytical and emotional levels
- A unique experience in the Caux Palace Conference and Seminar Centre, as a place of reflection that provides opportunities to listen to others and to oneself in diverse dialogues
- The opportunity to become part of a European 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 will join a community of over 200 alumni. Alumni will have the opportunity to join further training and programmes specifically designed for their needs.
Young people aged 18-30:
- Who demonstrate a strong interest or active participation in civil society initiatives, NGOs, political organizations and structures
- Who are willing to give space for new ideas, dialogue and reflection on topics that form various communities
- Who show interest and curiosity about other cultures and come with an attitude of open mind
- Who are citizens or residents of Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Romania, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Ukraine
- People from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including recently arrived migrants, as well as representatives of minority communities.
The cost of the programme is almost entirely subsidized by our funders. Participants from Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Romania, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Ukraine (the partner countries in the project) are expected to pay the 50 CHF registration fee plus a 150 CHF contribution fee towards the programme.
If you would like to apply but you cannot afford the contribution fee, please email us. Event-related travel costs will be reimbursed (up to 400 CHF/person for participants from Sweden, UK, Romania, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Ukraine, and up to 50 CHF/person for participants from Switzerland).
Participants from other countries than the partnering ones are warmly invited to apply and participate, but there are no secured funds to cover their costs, and they will beexpected to cover the total participation costs (1,380 CHF + 50 CHF registration fee), together with all related travel expenses.
This cost covers:
- A full twelve days’ training programme of discussion groups, reflection groups, training tracks, plenaries, evening entertainment and cultural events
- Meals and refreshments (three meals a day plus coffee/tea breaks)
- Accommodation in two-, three- or four-person rooms in the Caux Palace Conference & Seminar Center
- Participation fee
- Handout pack
- Access to conference materials and conference facilities
- Certificates of participation in YAP and in one of the training tracks offered by Tools for Changemakers, as chosen by the participant
- Have a high standard of spoken English
- Be ready to share about the challenges of social-cohesion, identity and trust in their communities (however big or small) and be ready to take initiative after the training programme
- Hold a desire to bring positive change
- Actively participate for the entire duration of the programme
- Comply with visa requirements (where applicable)
- Pay a 150 CHF contribution fee + the 50 CHF registration fee
We will select suitable candidates based on their personal motivation and their demonstration of high interest or active participation in initiatives and projects related to Europe. We are aiming at a diverse group of nationalities, age and gender, and experinces of life. Especially, we invite young people, who are usually facing obstacles, to apply. Our programme lives from diversity in life experiences and exchange of various ideas.
Selected participants will be notified by email by 10 April 2020. They will need to finalize their registration by paying the registration fee (50 CHF).
The Young Ambassadors Programme began in 2015 as an additional component to the Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business (now Tools for Changemakers) conference and has been running every summer since. The Young Ambassadors Programme bases its methods on over 70 years of trustbuilding work by Initiatives of Change around the world.
Click here to apply before 27 March 2020.
Application deadline: 27 March 2020
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