Welcome to the Youth Initiative Program

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The International Youth Initiative Program (YIP) is a 10 month residential societal entrepreneurship training for 18-28 years olds based in Sweden. It offers a holistic educational program that expands global understanding and personal awareness. YIP aims to strengthen young people’s capacity to take personal and collective initiative in the face of current global realities.

Up to 40 participants learn, create and organize alongside experts, facilitators and innovators. YIP’s curriculum provides a platform for young people to expand their understanding, develop their fullest potential and find their authentic tasks in society and the world.

The term “societal entrepreneur” as used by YIP describes people and initiatives that base their actions in service of society and understand the world as one interconnected living organism. This paradigm points to the interconnectedness of global systems and new ways of working toward a more equitable world. Through allowing young people to explore this paradigm ad with it face and develop themselves and society, YIP seeks to support these young people to become leaders of a new, more sustainable and integrated lifestyle and future.

YIP 13

Started August 23rd 2020
Finishes June 24th 2021

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YIP 14

Starts in August 2021
Finishes in June 2022

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What is YIP?

10 months in duration

Up to 40 participants from all over the world

Participants live, learn, create, and cook together

Weekly courses with international contributors who are experts in their field

Choose from one of the many Internship locations

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

Freesponsibility – freedom is an opportunity to take initiative and responsibility

Space to host and co-design the curriculum

Join a network of over 200 alumni

Learn agricultural skills, be surrounded by nature, and eat local and organic food

10 month duration

Up to 40 participants from all over the world

Participants live, cook and learn together

Weekly courses with international contributors who are experts in their field

Choose from one of the many Internship locations

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

Freesponsibility – freedom is an opportunity to take initiative and responsibility

Space to host and co-design the curriculum

Join a network of over 200 alumni

Learn agricultural skills, and be 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.
With its numerous initiatives, businesses and organisations, it forms an amazing and inspiring landscape of people’s visions being put into practice. Each of these 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. We are very lucky many of these projects and initiatives are situated in a radius of about 10km from our Swedish campus.

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Internship Places


YIP is in close collaboration with a number of Initiatives around the globe which will serve as hosts for the 2 month 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.


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this years Curriculum

Date/TimeEvent
19 Oct - 23 Oct
Week 43
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Visioning Initiative Forum

With: YIP Participants

Course
26 Oct - 30 Oct
Week 44

Autumn Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
02 Nov - 06 Nov
Week 45

Movement and Initiation

With: Jekaterina Kučinskienė, Justas Kučinskas, Severas Švedas

Course
09 Nov - 13 Nov
Week 46

Portrait Painting

With: Rachel Ingvad

Open Course
16 Nov - 20 Nov
Week 47

Biography Work

With: Annie Meijer

Course

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?

My year in Sweden was the most influential time of my life. For me YIP was my first experience coming into contact with my truest expression as a human being. The consistent work within community living gave me the courage to start experimenting with how I wanted to be in relation to myself, and the world. Today I am a facilitator and a project manager, and there is not a single day that I do not draw from the invaluable tool kit that this program made available to me. I am doing my life’s work because of the incredible support that the YIP Organization and Program provided me. There will never be enough ways to say “thank you”.

– Kailea Frederick (YIP6)

Going to YIP was a turning point in my life. It was the catalyst for a transition from my old story, moving consciously towards a new way of understanding myself, my personal history and its place in the whole. The combination of course content, community living and abundance of opportunities helped to create this catalyst, whilst meeting many who will be mentors and friends for life. Imagine living for 10 months with an abundance of ideas and possibilities, intellectually stimulating conversation, soulful encounters, and nourishment for the body with organic local food and fresh water. YIP offers an opportunity, it’s then up to you to shape it into your own experience.

– Jim Howard (YIP9)

My journey with YIP has been a stepping stone into the realisation that the only life I can truly live, is my own. And the only one who can do it, is me. I have dreams, they are waiting for me to bring them to life.

– Inte Koster (YIP7)

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, facilitates group projects, internships, local volunteer opportunities, and individual participant initiatives.

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News from YIP – May 2020

4 Jun 2020

Dear friends of YIP, Cheerful Wednesday. I am sitting in the sun outside the Hive, looking over the lawn to the Kulturhuset. The grass is long and full of fluffy and yellow dandelions, tulips...

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