About the program

The International Youth Initiative Program, YIP, is a societal entrepreneurship training, offering a holistic educational program that promotes an expanded global and personal awareness aiming 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 and work together for 10 months.

Purpose and Intentions

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.

Program overview

The YIP program moves through seven different stages or course blocks. In order to create a holistic education, YIP participants are given an opportunity to dive into different topic areas.

Within each of the seven course blocks are a series of one week-long courses in the morning and afternoon activities that balance intellectual, socio-emotional and practical knowledge. These are listed in the Curriculum section above and Afternoon section below.

The morning courses consist of contributor-led content and afternoon of applied mentor-led practices. These two tracks run throughout the year. They align with the educational principles and aim to practically teach the YIP ethos in an accessible way.

Global Realities

Be inspired by internationally acclaimed doers and innovators who offer an overview of some of our current global challenges. Activate your capacity to positively contribute to today's changing world.

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Inner Awareness

Engage in a path of inner investigation to become aware of your own story, struggles and strivings to then step consciously into your full potential as a creative and unique individual. Begin a Personal Initiative project that you work with throughout the year.

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Collaboration and Community Dynamics

Foster a lived understanding of the importance of community. Learn how to harness the power of the collective and work across difference. Develop skills in leadership, facilitation, hosting conversations and visioning.

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International Learning Placements

Experience a network, enterprise or organization that has positive social, political or environmental change at its core. Develop interest and wonder in the diversity of human capacity whilst maintaining a personal intention.

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Initiative Festival

Organize an event as a group, inviting people to join in exploring a theme of the YIP year's choice. Learn how to plan, design and host a space of learning, networking and collaboration. Apply various tools and methods learned throughout the year.

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Self Designed Curriculum Weeks

Enjoy the opportunity to co-design your own curriculum, whether this means inviting contributors of your choice or engaging in group inspired educational action and travel.

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Integration & Transition

Consciously reflect on your journey throughout the year and create clarity for your next steps. Finalize and present your Personal Initiative. Dive into the beautiful North Swedish water, and witness a midnight sun during the Outdoor Experience.

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Afternoon Program

The afternoon activities are generally more hands on and practical. They are intended to balance out the more academic morning courses and be in support of output, rather than input. Each day has its specific theme and title and is split into two time-slots.

Monday

Movement

Movement sessions are a space to explore the body as a filter for how we experience and perceive the world. If we were to approach our bodies and their capacities with curiosity and realise our constant development, how might this impact our presence in the world? As part of whole human education, movement supports health, balance and expression through physical processes, activities and games. The sessions designed on these afternoon are inspired and mentored by Movement Vilnius, dancers and movement practitioners inspired by teachers Ido Portal and Fighting Monkeys. They seek to relearn and redefine movement culture through providing the tools, methods and everyday practices needed to realise this shift.

*Each second week there is a house meeting to organize and discuss the running of the shared house.

Tuesday

Team work

The time is for Learning Placement and Initiative Festival preparations where YIP participants will work as a whole group and in smaller teams.

Wednesday

Creative

YIP participants choose the creative and practical activities they wish to engage with. These may include:

  • Metal Work - Work with blacksmithing and create jewellery and other pieces.
  • Art Therapy - Take part in a therapeutic art-based process.
  • Gardening - Various projects that work with the seasons.
  • Textiles - Learn how to design, create patterns and sew.
  • Wood Work - Learn how to work with wood, hand tools and design.

Thursday

Self Organized Activities

YIP Participants have space to self-organize around their own activities and initiatives. This includes but is not limited to apple picking and juice creation.

Friday

Community Meeting and Check in Groups
  • The first part is spent with both the participants and organizers in a Community Meeting. A typical meeting is used to look back on the past week, to look ahead to the next week and to announce and discuss any community issues and concerns. In addition it offers a platform for sharing and learning about what it takes to be a community living together for 10 months.
  • The second part is spent in the weekly check-in of each respective Check-in Group. Check-in groups are established at the beginning of the year and consist typically of 6-10 participants and one member of the organizing team. It offers a smaller and more individual setting to discuss and share anything that you meet, learn and experience.

Other activities

Councelling

YIP acknowledges the need in any adult education today to offer tailored developmental support to its participants. It does this in the form of Biographical Counselling offered by Annie Meijer, an accredited counsellor and adult educator. The outer supports and securities in life often no longer hold and withstand the awakening inner realities that shake us. This asks from us that we find a new ground within ourselves to build confidence for our future. Biographical Counselling supports this process by enabling participants to step into dialogue with their own Biography, to release forces trapped in previous experience and to step into the future with courage and capacity knowing the value and worth of their unique journey.


extra curricular

On most evenings there is space for countless self-organised extra-curricular activities such as sports, theatre, music etc.

this years curriculum

A note on the learning environment for YIP14

We are committed to creating the residential, in person program we cherish at YIP.

At the same time, we will remain flexible and adaptable for YIP14 as a small portion of our content may be in an online form.

Our afternoon mentor led sessions will be 100% in-person, residential and facilitated by local societal entrepreneurs alongside our organizing team.

Our morning contributor led sessions will be in person with some elements of content moved online in the case that contributors are unable to travel due to bans and restrictions. We imagine that a maximum of 10% of contributor-led learning would take place online. 
However, online courses will not be facilitated solely by online contributors.

To maintain an experiential collaborative learning environment, alongside the contributor hosting online there will be an “in the room counterpart” either from YIP’s organizing team or as a local co-host.

The decision to bring any online content, in the form of live zoom calls or videos, will be in order to uphold our purpose of bringing in diverse and innovative view points from different contexts. We want to ensure that we do not lose our international contributor base while respecting international travel bans and the need by some of our international contributors to be in their communities.

We imagine that we will practice the capacity of our times to navigate the online space, continue to bring in diverse international content and welcome our European contributors in person except for special circumstances.

Given the co-vid19 situation, we are working with variables of how people will be able to move from different countries into, from and within our campus in Sweden. This may influence our contributors, participant group and open courses.  We bring this transparency in order to ask for your flexibility with our adaptation to changing situations.


Date/Time Event
30 Aug - 03 Sep
Week 35
Introduction and Landing

Introduction and Landing

With: YIP Organizing Team

Course
06 Sep - 10 Sep
Week 36
Living Systems: Soil, Food & Health Course
13 Sep - 17 Sep
Week 37
Governance & Activism

Governance & Activism

With: Gerald Häfner

Course
20 Sep - 24 Sep
Week 38
Living Organisms: Biomes & Paradigms

Living Organisms: Biomes & Paradigms

With: Art of Hosting Team

Course
27 Sep - 01 Oct
Week 39
Values & Economics

Values & Economics

With: Theo Fischer and Stacco Troncoso

Open Course
04 Oct - 08 Oct
Week 40
Beyond Narratives: War & Conflict

Beyond Narratives: War & Conflict

With: Christianne Aikins and Ramsay Boly

Course
11 Oct - 15 Oct
Week 41
Power Privilege & Oppression Course
18 Oct - 22 Oct
Week 42
Being Human in a Technological Age

Being Human in a Technological Age

With: Nicanor Perlas and Michaela Glöckler

Open Course
25 Oct - 29 Oct
Week 43
Imagining Initiative Festival

Imagining Initiative Festival

With: Yippies and Organizing Team

Course
01 Nov - 05 Nov
Week 44
Autumn Break Holiday
08 Nov - 12 Nov
Week 45
Evolution of Consciousness: Exploring Mind & Body

Evolution of Consciousness: Exploring Mind & Body

With: Patricia McCabe and Movement Vilnius

Course
15 Nov - 19 Nov
Week 46
Personal Initiative & Practice

Personal Initiative & Practice

With: Reinoud Meijer

Course
15 Nov - 19 Nov
Week 46
The Liberated Voice

The Liberated Voice

With: Kefas Berlin

Course
22 Nov - 26 Nov
Week 47
The Study of Human Kind

The Study of Human Kind

With: Marcel de Leuw

Open Course
22 Nov - 26 Nov
Week 47
The Art of Sculpture

The Art of Sculpture

With: Barbara Schetzler

Course
29 Nov - 03 Dec
Week 48
An Inquiry into Self: Biography Week Course
29 Nov - 03 Dec
Week 48
The Art of Sculpture

The Art of Sculpture

With: Barbara Schnetzler

Course
06 Dec - 10 Dec
Week 49
Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting

With: Rachel Ingvad

Course
13 Dec - 17 Dec
Week 50
The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Course
20 Dec - 21 Dec
Week 51
Wrapping Inner Awareness

Wrapping Inner Awareness

With: Yippies and Organizing Team

Course
22 Dec - 04 Jan
Week 51
Winter Break Holiday
05 Jan - 07 Jan
Week 01
Arrival & Community Check-in

Arrival & Community Check-in

With: Organizing Team

Course
10 Jan - 14 Jan
Week 02
Placemaking

Placemaking

With: Kiara Nagel

Course
17 Jan - 21 Jan
Week 03
Cognitive Science in Group Dynamics Course
24 Jan - 28 Jan
Week 04
Project Skills I

Project Skills I

With: Maira Rahme and Brenno Kaschner Russo

Course
31 Jan - 04 Feb
Week 05
Project Skills II

Project Skills II

With: Maira Rahme and Brenno Kaschner Russo

Course
07 Feb - 11 Feb
Week 06
Slava Theatre

Slava Theatre

With: Maria af Klintberg

Course
14 Feb - 18 Feb
Week 07
Art of Hosting Initiative Festival Preparation Course
21 Feb - 25 Feb
Week 08
Initiative Festival Preparation Week Course
28 Feb - 04 Mar
Week 09
Initiative Festival

Initiative Festival

With: Yippies

07 Mar - 11 Mar
Week 10
Initiative Festival Wrap & Break Holiday
14 Mar - 18 Mar
Week 11
Review, Final Prep, Learning Placement Departures Learning Placement
21 Mar - 15 Apr
Week 12
Learning Placement

Learning Placement

With: Yippies

Learning Placement
18 Apr - 22 Apr
Week 16
Returning & Learning Placement Sharing Learning Placement
25 Apr - 27 May
Week 17
Self-Designed Curriculum Community
30 May - 03 Jun
Week 22
Personal Initiative Presentations Community
06 Jun - 10 Jun
Week 23
Review & Outdoor Experience Preparation
13 Jun - 17 Jun
Week 24
Outdoor Experience
20 Jun - 24 Jun
Week 25
Closing & Celebration

Closing & Celebration

With: Yippies and Organizing Team

Community
Date/Time Event
30 Aug - 03 Sep
Week 35
Introduction and Landing

Introduction and Landing

With: YIP Organizing Team

Course
06 Sep - 10 Sep
Week 36
Living Systems: Soil, Food & Health Course
13 Sep - 17 Sep
Week 37
Governance & Activism

Governance & Activism

With: Gerald Häfner

Course
20 Sep - 24 Sep
Week 38
Living Organisms: Biomes & Paradigms

Living Organisms: Biomes & Paradigms

With: Art of Hosting Team

Course
27 Sep - 01 Oct
Week 39
Values & Economics

Values & Economics

With: Theo Fischer and Stacco Troncoso

Open Course
04 Oct - 08 Oct
Week 40
Beyond Narratives: War & Conflict

Beyond Narratives: War & Conflict

With: Christianne Aikins and Ramsay Boly

Course
11 Oct - 15 Oct
Week 41
Power Privilege & Oppression Course
18 Oct - 22 Oct
Week 42
Being Human in a Technological Age

Being Human in a Technological Age

With: Nicanor Perlas and Michaela Glöckler

Open Course
25 Oct - 29 Oct
Week 43
Imagining Initiative Festival

Imagining Initiative Festival

With: Yippies and Organizing Team

Course
01 Nov - 05 Nov
Week 44
Autumn Break Holiday
08 Nov - 12 Nov
Week 45
Evolution of Consciousness: Exploring Mind & Body

Evolution of Consciousness: Exploring Mind & Body

With: Patricia McCabe and Movement Vilnius

Course
15 Nov - 19 Nov
Week 46
Personal Initiative & Practice

Personal Initiative & Practice

With: Reinoud Meijer

Course
15 Nov - 19 Nov
Week 46
The Liberated Voice

The Liberated Voice

With: Kefas Berlin

Course
22 Nov - 26 Nov
Week 47
The Study of Human Kind

The Study of Human Kind

With: Marcel de Leuw

Open Course
22 Nov - 26 Nov
Week 47
The Art of Sculpture

The Art of Sculpture

With: Barbara Schetzler

Course
29 Nov - 03 Dec
Week 48
An Inquiry into Self: Biography Week Course
29 Nov - 03 Dec
Week 48
The Art of Sculpture

The Art of Sculpture

With: Barbara Schnetzler

Course
06 Dec - 10 Dec
Week 49
Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting

With: Rachel Ingvad

Course
13 Dec - 17 Dec
Week 50
The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Course
20 Dec - 21 Dec
Week 51
Wrapping Inner Awareness

Wrapping Inner Awareness

With: Yippies and Organizing Team

Course
22 Dec - 04 Jan
Week 51
Winter Break Holiday
05 Jan - 07 Jan
Week 01
Arrival & Community Check-in

Arrival & Community Check-in

With: Organizing Team

Course
10 Jan - 14 Jan
Week 02
Placemaking

Placemaking

With: Kiara Nagel

Course
17 Jan - 21 Jan
Week 03
Cognitive Science in Group Dynamics Course
24 Jan - 28 Jan
Week 04
Project Skills I

Project Skills I

With: Maira Rahme and Brenno Kaschner Russo

Course
31 Jan - 04 Feb
Week 05
Project Skills II

Project Skills II

With: Maira Rahme and Brenno Kaschner Russo

Course
07 Feb - 11 Feb
Week 06
Slava Theatre

Slava Theatre

With: Maria af Klintberg

Course
14 Feb - 18 Feb
Week 07
Art of Hosting Initiative Festival Preparation Course
21 Feb - 25 Feb
Week 08
Initiative Festival Preparation Week Course
28 Feb - 04 Mar
Week 09
Initiative Festival

Initiative Festival

With: Yippies

07 Mar - 11 Mar
Week 10
Initiative Festival Wrap & Break Holiday
14 Mar - 18 Mar
Week 11
Review, Final Prep, Learning Placement Departures Learning Placement
21 Mar - 15 Apr
Week 12
Learning Placement

Learning Placement

With: Yippies

Learning Placement
18 Apr - 22 Apr
Week 16
Returning & Learning Placement Sharing Learning Placement
25 Apr - 27 May
Week 17
Self-Designed Curriculum Community
30 May - 03 Jun
Week 22
Personal Initiative Presentations Community
06 Jun - 10 Jun
Week 23
Review & Outdoor Experience Preparation
13 Jun - 17 Jun
Week 24
Outdoor Experience
20 Jun - 24 Jun
Week 25
Closing & Celebration

Closing & Celebration

With: Yippies and Organizing Team

Community

Location

Sweden

The program is based in Järna, Sweden, beautifully situated 55km south of Stockholm by the Järna Fjord on the Baltic Sea. 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 surrounding places, be it the biodynamic farms, the curative homes, the alternative bank, the mill, the cultural center etc. have an exemplary character in and of themselves. Luckily these are all situated in a radius of about 10km.



Participants live together in "Tallevana" one of the houses of the Ytterjärna Campus.



The courses happen inside this building, "The Hive".




International Learning Placements

Curious to see what societal entrepreneurship looks like on a daily basis? In a new culture? Working alongside peers and innovators?

The international learning placement offers the possibility to work with an organization/business/initiative that is seeking to implement the ethics, motives and ways of being and working that we explore during YIP. This experience gives the participants a real-life, on the ground experience of what it can look like to implement an initiative that strives to take on one of today’s challenges in the world.

The learning placement is integrated in the curriculum following global realities, personal awareness, collaboration and community dynamics and working on initiatives as a group. Participants have explored collaboration and have experience working as a group of up to 40 people and within their teams.

The YIP participants are the co-designers of their learning journey during the international learning placement in a group of 3 - 4 participants. During this design they focus on their personal Intention, group Intention, and needs of the place.

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Sustainable Agriculture, Social Entrepreneurship and Governance

Host Organization: MISSION (The Movement of Imaginals for Sustainable Societies through Initiatives, Organizing and Networking)
Geographic Location: Bayawan City, Negros Oriental - The Philippines

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Waldorf Kindergarten Education, Biodynamic Farming and Eco-building

Host Organization: KREMF (Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation)
Geographic Location: Khahare, Dakshinkhali Municipality, Katmandu, Nepal

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The Wahat Project, Greening the Desert

Host Organization: Nana Woo of SEKEM
Geographic Location: Egypt

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Education (primary) and/or Biodynamic Farming and/or Community Development

Host Organization: Kufunda Village
Geographic Location: Zimbabwe

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Alternative Education and community organizing

Host Organizations: Multiple - YIP Alumni, Flavela De Paz, Amazon Summer School
Geographic Location: Brazilian Southeast - São Paulo State (São Paulo City, São Paulo Metropoly, Santos)


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Creative Arts Residency and working with the land cooperative

Host Organization: Red Clay Arts Geographic Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Certification

All eligible participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the year’s end. In addition all participants will receive an individual portfolio with Certificates of Qualification from each completed course during the program. The YIP Certificates of Qualification comply with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS.) They do not grant any direct academic degree. In the past participants have been able to use their YIP certificates towards credits for their bachelor and/or master programs. 

Through our partnership with Alanus University, all credits are accepted and credited for the BA in Social Entrepreneurship.

Costs, Terms and conditions

Program costs and finances

The YIP Program Cost is SEK 100.000 per participant for the whole 10 month program period, including travel to and from the International Learning Placement location.

Specifically, it includes:

  • The Program: courses, course materials and evening activities
  • Food: organic meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner from Monday – Friday, not including holidays)
  • Accommodation (single-sex twin-share bedrooms on campus)
  • Travel: 8000 SEK for the travel to and from international learning placement
  • Transportation (in connection with the curriculum)

If your financial situation is a barrier to your applying for YIP, please click here to find tips on financing your YIP Year, as well as the diversity fund.