The International Youth Leadership Seminar
Who can participate?
The training is offered to youth from all over the world between 17 and 30 years of age. This is especially relevant for those who are actively engaged in youth organisations, NGOs, or other community projects. The training will run in English, so participants should have fair English skills.
Why should I take this training?
If you think it is relevant for you to…
…be able to reflect on the role of a leader and his/her influence on the group work
…learn methods to motivate people and work actively with group dynamics
...develop skills in project management
…handle conflicts in a constructive and resourceful manner
…learn how to facilitate engaging and fruitful brainstorming
…sharpen your communication skills
…find new approaches to planning projects
…get inspired by other young people from various youth organizations and countries
Can you answer yes to the above? Then you definitely have a reason to attend the seminar!
"Not only a training but also a life experience. Learning, sharing, leading, facilitating, meeting new friends, discovering other cultures and especially discovering yourself. That’s what IYLS is all about!" - Samih, France
What is the training about?
This seminar takes point of departure in project management, and participants will complete a project and lead a group through another during the course – from the first group meeting to the final evaluation. Going through this process, one step at a time, you will reflect upon the need for a leader in the different phases. Along the way you discuss what role a leader has at each step and you get tools to help you control this process. The overall aim is to train you in appreciative and inclusive leadership – a kind of leadership that promotes dedicated group members, a strong sense of belonging to a community and creates a sense of responsibility towards the project at hand.
What are the learning outcomes?
What you’ll get here are not just tools, but skills and attitude. Yes, we present tools to you, but the real learning is when you try them out and discuss your experience of applying them at the seminar. What you will gain is a reflective and critical approach to when and how to use these tools. In a dynamic flow of Workshops and Leader Sessions (sessions where you actually lead a group through a project) you will be given new ideas on how to lead, but you will also be challenged in your ability to know when to use those ideas constructively and strategically.
That is why your participation in the seminar will qualify you to lead and manage group projects in the future – whatever the setting.
"You walk out stronger, don’t hesitate, just do it!" – Sara, Denmark
How much does it cost?
The price is 995 euros. This price includes: tuition fees, training, meals, materials and accommodation in shared rooms at Globalhagen, the volunteer-run hostel at Global Platform Denmark. Airfare and other transportation to and from the Global Platform, visa and insurance are not included in the price.
Freddie is English but grew up in Holland, where he attended The British School in the Netherlands. Freddie has been involved in education for six years, and has a master in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management. He has been a trainer and coordinator at Action Aid for two years.
Mariella works as a trainer and coordinator at Action Aid Denmark, training in subjects such as conflict management, facilitation, global citizenship, and intercultural communication. She is completing an MA in Learning and Innovative Change and previously worked at Operation Day-work (a Danish student run non-profit), where she worked with campaigning, writing educational materials, and guiding volunteers from high schools.