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Apply for the International Youth Leadership Academy 7-14 September 2012 / February 2013

Youth rights, participation, citizenship and social responsibility

Deadline for Applications: 13 August 2012

The second ever international training programme of IYLA will take place on 7-14 September 2012. The training will be conducted based on the experience and knowledge of experts and trainers from UNICEF, Save the Children and Habitat. The main aim of this programme is to develop the capacity of local youth leaders and to support them to actively contribute to their own communities.

The training will be conducted in two phases. The first phase of the training aims to develop the capacity, skills and experience of the participants on human rights, youth and child rights and participation as well as more specifically on Child Abuse and Neglect, Violence against Children, Child Protection, Intercultural Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Therefore, this training will focus on theoretical learning combined with various case studies from Turkey and the participating countries. The participants will make an action plan to follow up the process till the second phase. During this process, the participants will be followed by the experts and supported with various materials that will enable them to get prepared for the second phase. In other words, the first training will be followed up by both a monitoring and mentoring process.

The second phase will consist of a Training of Trainers that will take place in February 2013. This ToT will provide knowledge, skills and practical guidelines to the participants, to enable them to multiply their impact by leading trainings and workshops in their own local cities or communities. At the end of the course, trainees will be expected to develop a detailed work plan for action in their respective countries/ provinces/communities. More information will be provided to the selected participants.

Aims and Objectives of the International Training Program

The International Training Program on Youth rights, participation, citizenship and social responsibility will have the following aims and objectives:

  • To provide an opportunity for young people from Turkey the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Caucasus to exchange information and experiences on participating in civil society and youth work and establish a network for further collaboration.
  • To empower young people to take an active and effective role in advocating rights of children and youth within Human Rights perspective
  • To raise awareness and knowledge about social responsiblity towards children and youth
  • To share good practices and tools in the area of Child Protection against abuse, neglect and violence, Intercultural Dialogue, Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Peace-building 
  • To provide young people with negotiation and advocacy skills for their effective participation
  • To empower young people with inclsuive leadership skills
  • To prepare them for the follow-up training in February 2013
  • To reach at least 20 young/children in their own communities after the second phase



The first training includes the following non-formal education methods:
- Introductory sessions
- Workshops
- Small group discussions
- Verbal and visual presentations
- role play games/simulations
- Participation to Youth Forum
- Feedback and evaluation sessions
- Integration in a wider event (International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect IPSCAN)

The second training will be conducted as a ToT and the methodology will be shared with the selected participants.



30 participants (20 international, 10 national) will be selected from countries in the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus. Priority will be given to applications from Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Montenegro, Palestine, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey….) youth participants from other parts of the world are also encouraged, however, the priority will be given to the above mentioned countries Applicants should:

  • be between 15 and 29 years of age,
  • have the ability to use English as the working language throughout the training programme,
  • represent a youth NGO and/or be experienced in youth and/or child work,
  • work with marginalized and disadvantageous youth and/or children,
  • be willing to play an active role in the sessions,
  • be able to and willing to follow the process and actively implement the activities required by the programme,
  • be able to participate in both trainings, (be available to attend the full duration of the training program from the arrival date of 7 September to the departure date of 14 September 2012 as well as be able to attend the full duration of the TOT that will be conducted in February 2013)
  • have the opportunity to share their new knowledge, skills and contacts within their own organizations following the program,
  • be committed to carrying out follow-up activities and be active in localising the knowledge,

Training participants will be selected based on gender-equality.


Working Language

The language of the program will be English. Participants should be proficient in English.


Application Process

Young people interested in participating in the International Training Program must return the application form by e-mail to ugla@habitaticingenclik.org.tr by 13 August, 2012 at the latest.

Candidates will be informed by 17 August, 2012 whether they have been accepted, put on the waiting list or refused. Accepted candidates will receive the program documentation directly.

The 30 participants will be selected on the basis of the profile outlined above.  During the selection process, criteria will be applied to ensure a balance between sexes, geographical regions, and the diversity of religions, cultures, organizations and experiences. Young people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The participant selection process will be based on a detailed application form, motivation letter, and recommendation from the organizations whom the young people will represent.


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International Youth Leadership Academy: Call for applications
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