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The International Youth Initiative Program, YIP, is a societal entrepreneurship training, offering a holistic educational program that promotes an expanded global and personal awareness. YIP aims to strengthen young people’s capacity to take initiative in the face of current global challenges. Up to 40 participants, between 18 and 28 years old, from all over the world, live, learn, create and organize together for 10 months. With its format YIP provides a platform for young people to develop their fullest potential, expand their understanding and find their authentic task in society and the world.

YIP 11

From August 2018
Applications open in November

YIP 11

From August 2018
Applications start in November

Are you?

Between 18 and 28 years old?

Fluent in English?

Looking forward to connect with like minded change-makers?

Looking for an education that empowers you?

Willing to develop your cognitive, social-emotional and creative intelligence?

Willing to create positive shifts in yourself, others and the world?

Aware of todays challenges and willing to create a better future?

What is YIP?

10 months

10 Months duration

10 months

Up to 40 participants from all over the world

10 months

Participants live together

10 months

Weekly courses with global contributors who are experts in their own field

10 months

Internship on another continent

10 months

No evaluations “we are more interested in who you are as a person”

10 months

Freesponsibility “Freedom is an opportunity to take initiative and responsibility.”

10 months

Space to co-design the curriculum

10 months

Spaces to develop creativity, social, emotional and cognitive intelligence

10 months

Network of over 200 Alumni

10 months

Learning agriculture skills, surrounded by nature, local and organic food

Location

Sweden as a homebase

For the first and the last 90 days of the training, the program is based in Järna, Sweden. Järna is beautifully situated 55 km south of Stockholm by the Järna Fjord on the Baltic Sea, Sweden. With its numerous initiatives, businesses and organizations, it forms an amazing and inspiring landscape of people’s visions being put into practice. Each of the places, be it the biodynamic farms, the curative homes, the alternative bank, the mill, the clinic, the cultural center etc. have an exemplary character in and of themselves, but in Järna these are all situated in a radius of about 10km. Find out how to visit us.

Brazil as outpost

After the first 90 days of the training, the program (participants and staff) will relocate to Brazil. In Brazil the program will be hosted in Ecovillage Piracanga. Ecovillage Piracanga, is situated on a peninsula called “Península de Maraú” in Bahia. The heart of the initiative is the Inkiri Centre, which borders the Piracanga River and where most facilities are found. The centre is administrated by the Inkiri Community, along with the houses that belong to the Community and the places that serve as headquarters for its numerous projects including agroforestry, composting, sustainable building, vegan cooking, textile work and much more.

International Internship

YIP is in close collaboration with a number of Initiatives around the globe which will serve as hosts for the 2 months long international Internships. Internship destinations include Brazil (Instituto Elos), Egypt (Sekem), Nepal (Kevin Roham Memorial Eco Foundation) , Philippines (Mission), South Africa and Los Angeles (Elderberries Threefold Cafe). Get a glimpse of one part of the internship of YIP8 in Los Angeles in the video below.

Curriculum

The list of courses offered and more in depth information can be found here.

Educational Principles

INWARD AND OUTWARD:
YIP recognizes that the health of the inner life is intimately connected with the health of the outer life, our societal structures and systems. The polarity of inner and outer is used for the overall design of the year.

FROM IDEA TO MANIFESTATION:
Empower and train participants to use entrepreneurial principles and skills to become active shapers of their lives and cultural surroundings on multiple levels.

WHOLE HUMAN BEING:
The program strengthens the participants capacities in thinking, feeling and willing that translate into engaging with the head, the heart and the hands.

COMPREHENSIVE UNDERSTANDING:
The participants are informed about global-humanity’s challenges in comprehensive and holistic way. Being active, aware, supportive and having a heartfelt sense of responsibility is at the core of YIP’s purpose.

COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY:
Experience and practice celebrating difference and diversity through valuing the complexity of differing perspectives and ways of life. Develop the capacity to harness the potential of diversity for positive change and to honour the contribution of each unique individual.

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Are you?

Between 18 and 28 years old?

Fluent in English?

Looking forward to connect with like minded change-makers?

Looking for an education that empowers you?

Willing to develop your cognitive, social-emotional and creative intelligence?

Willing to create positive shifts in yourself, others and the world?

Aware of todays challenges and willing to create a better future?


Apply now

Current Organizing Team

YIP is organised by an international group of people, supported by a global network of individuals and organisations. The Program Coordinators and volunteers form the Organising Team. They are responsible for facilitating the morning courses and afternoon activities of the program by inviting specialist and experienced change makers to inspire participants with their array of tools, knowledge, skills and experience. The team also mentors and coaches participants, and facilitates group projects, internships, local volunteer opportunities, and individual participant initiatives.