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.

this years curriculum

Date/Time Event
26 Aug - 30 Aug
Week 35

Introduction and Landing

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
02 Sep - 06 Sep
Week 36

Movement

With: Jekaterina Kučinskienė, Justas Kučinskas, Severas Švedas

Course
09 Sep - 13 Sep
Week 37

Place Making

With: Kiara Nagel

Open Course
16 Sep - 20 Sep
Week 38

Governance and Activism

With: Gerald Häfner & Kait Ziegler

Open Course
23 Sep - 27 Sep
Week 39
Course
30 Sep - 04 Oct
Week 40

Capitalism and the Commons

With: Stacco Trancoso

Open Course
07 Oct - 11 Oct
Week 41
Kailea - USA Course
14 Oct - 18 Oct
Week 42

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter

With: Toke Moller, Kajsa Balkors, Rachel Deras

Course
21 Oct - 25 Oct
Week 43

Autumn Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
28 Oct - 01 Nov
Week 44
Open Course
04 Nov - 08 Nov
Week 45

Biography Week

With: Annie Meijer

Course
11 Nov - 15 Nov
Week 46

Anthroposophical Anthropology

With: Marcel de Leuw

Open Course
16 Nov - 19 Nov
Week 46

Transition Week

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
20 Nov - 22 Nov
Week 47

Introduction to Scotland

With: Local contributors

Course
25 Nov - 29 Nov
Week 48

Original Instructions

With: Patricia McCabe

Course
02 Dec - 06 Dec
Week 49

Open Master's

With: Alan Webb

Course
09 Dec - 13 Dec
Week 50

Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Course
15 Dec - 20 Dec
Week 50

Transition Week

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
23 Dec - 06 Jan
Week 52

Winter Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
06 Jan - 10 Jan
Week 02

Experience Week

With: Findhorn Contributors

Open Course
13 Jan - 17 Jan
Week 03

Togetherness Unleashed

With: Joao Rafael Brites

Open Course
20 Jan - 24 Jan
Week 04

Facilitation and Group Process

With: Benjamin Leonardo

Open Course
27 Jan - 31 Jan
Week 05
Course
03 Feb - 07 Feb
Week 06

Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Open Course
10 Feb - 14 Feb
Week 07

Final Internship Preparation & Departure

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
17 Feb - 20 Mar
Week 08

International Internships

With: Internship Hosts in Various Locations

Course
23 Mar - 27 Mar
Week 13

Internship Presentations and the Art of Hosting Initiative Forum Preparation

With: YIP Participants, Organizing Team, Art of Hosting

Open Course
30 Mar - 03 Apr
Week 14

Initiative Forum Preparation

With: YIP Participants and Organising Team

Course
06 Apr - 10 Apr
Week 15

Initiative Forum

With: YIP Participants, Organising Team, Network and Public

Open Course
13 Apr - 17 Apr
Week 16

Spring Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
20 Apr - 22 May
Week 17

Self Designed curriculum weeks

With: YIP Participants

Course
25 May - 29 May
Week 22
YIP 9 group photo

Personal Initiative Presentations

With: YIP Participants & Organizing Team

Open Course
01 Jun - 12 Jun
Week 23

Outdoor Experience

With: Homebound Journeys, Christianne Sinoo, Silas Beardslee & Inte Koster

Course
15 Jun - 19 Jun
Week 25

Closing and Celebration Week

With: YIP Participants & Organising Team

Course
Date/Time Event
26 Aug - 30 Aug
Week 35

Introduction and Landing

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
02 Sep - 06 Sep
Week 36

Movement

With: Jekaterina Kučinskienė, Justas Kučinskas, Severas Švedas

Course
09 Sep - 13 Sep
Week 37

Place Making

With: Kiara Nagel

Open Course
16 Sep - 20 Sep
Week 38

Governance and Activism

With: Gerald Häfner & Kait Ziegler

Open Course
23 Sep - 27 Sep
Week 39
Course
30 Sep - 04 Oct
Week 40

Capitalism and the Commons

With: Stacco Trancoso

Open Course
07 Oct - 11 Oct
Week 41
Kailea - USA Course
14 Oct - 18 Oct
Week 42

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter

With: Toke Moller, Kajsa Balkors, Rachel Deras

Course
21 Oct - 25 Oct
Week 43

Autumn Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
28 Oct - 01 Nov
Week 44
Open Course
04 Nov - 08 Nov
Week 45

Biography Week

With: Annie Meijer

Course
11 Nov - 15 Nov
Week 46

Anthroposophical Anthropology

With: Marcel de Leuw

Open Course
16 Nov - 19 Nov
Week 46

Transition Week

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
20 Nov - 22 Nov
Week 47

Introduction to Scotland

With: Local contributors

Course
25 Nov - 29 Nov
Week 48

Original Instructions

With: Patricia McCabe

Course
02 Dec - 06 Dec
Week 49

Open Master's

With: Alan Webb

Course
09 Dec - 13 Dec
Week 50

Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Course
15 Dec - 20 Dec
Week 50

Transition Week

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
23 Dec - 06 Jan
Week 52

Winter Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
06 Jan - 10 Jan
Week 02

Experience Week

With: Findhorn Contributors

Open Course
13 Jan - 17 Jan
Week 03

Togetherness Unleashed

With: Joao Rafael Brites

Open Course
20 Jan - 24 Jan
Week 04

Facilitation and Group Process

With: Benjamin Leonardo

Open Course
27 Jan - 31 Jan
Week 05
Course
03 Feb - 07 Feb
Week 06

Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Open Course
10 Feb - 14 Feb
Week 07

Final Internship Preparation & Departure

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
17 Feb - 20 Mar
Week 08

International Internships

With: Internship Hosts in Various Locations

Course
23 Mar - 27 Mar
Week 13

Internship Presentations and the Art of Hosting Initiative Forum Preparation

With: YIP Participants, Organizing Team, Art of Hosting

Open Course
30 Mar - 03 Apr
Week 14

Initiative Forum Preparation

With: YIP Participants and Organising Team

Course
06 Apr - 10 Apr
Week 15

Initiative Forum

With: YIP Participants, Organising Team, Network and Public

Open Course
13 Apr - 17 Apr
Week 16

Spring Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
20 Apr - 22 May
Week 17

Self Designed curriculum weeks

With: YIP Participants

Course
25 May - 29 May
Week 22
YIP 9 group photo

Personal Initiative Presentations

With: YIP Participants & Organizing Team

Open Course
01 Jun - 12 Jun
Week 23

Outdoor Experience

With: Homebound Journeys, Christianne Sinoo, Silas Beardslee & Inte Koster

Course
15 Jun - 19 Jun
Week 25

Closing and Celebration Week

With: YIP Participants & Organising Team

Course

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.

Global Realities

In Sweden

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.

Personal Awareness

In Sweden and Scotland

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.

Collaboration and Community Dynamics

In Scotland

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.

Internships

In Various locations

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.

Initiative Forum

in Sweden

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

In Sweden

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

Integration & Transition

In Sweden

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.

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

Project Skills
  • The first part focuses on project skills and project development.
  • The second part focuses on the personal project.

Tuesday

Group work
  • The first part consists of singing and movement
  • The second part on the internship preparations

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

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

Creative

YIP participants chose the creative and practical actives they wish to engage with. These include:

  •  ‘Kooperativ Undertallarna’ – Work with permaculture in Järna and engage in activities such as soil work, fermentation processes and wild foraging
  • Metal Work – Work with blacksmithing and create jewellery and other pieces.
  • Art Therapy – Take part in a therapeutic art-based process.

Friday

Community work
  • 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 spend 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

Counceling

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 an 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 extra-curricular activities such as sports, theater & sauna sessions.

Location

Sweden

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 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 clinic, 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, where the YIP office has moved into






Outpost

After the first three months of the training, the program (participants and organizers) will relocate to the Outpost in Scotland. In Scotland the program will be hosted by Findhorn – The Findhorn Foundation, established in 1972 gave an initial legal identity to the emerging community; by the mid 1980’s a variety of enterprises and charities were forming around the Findhorn Foundation: a Solar Thermal manufacturer, a Shop, a Café, the environmental charity Trees for Life, a Holiday Caravan Park, and a Steiner School. Over the decades many more business and charitable organisations have established themselves within the transformational field that has its Hub at The Park ecovillage community.

Participants will live and learn in the facilities of Findhorn, Scotland.





International Internship

The internship is a five to six week opportunity for participants to take part in the work of an existing socially and environmentally sustainable project or organization.Participants visit and apprentice with initiatives which explore YIP’s principles and values of societal entrepreneurship. The YIP participants travel from the Outpost to the internship and spend Weeks 2 to 12 with their hosts before returning to Sweden.

The criteria of the internship balances personal learning objectives with group intentions to clarify what participants wish to learn and what they are hoping to offer in service of their hosts. YIP is in close collaboration with a number of Initiatives around the globe which serve as hosts for the participant’s Internships.

Previous Internship locations include: Nepal, Brasil, the Philippines, South Africa, the USA and Egypt.

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 Sweden-Outpost return ticket.

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 internship, as well as Sweden-Outpost return ticket.
  • 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.

Program Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions