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. 20-40 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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Internship

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 Forum

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 Monkey. 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 preparing the internship and Initiative Forum 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

Date/Time Event
28 Aug
Week 34
Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

With: YIP15 and community

Community
29 Aug - 02 Sep
Week 35
Introduction and Landing

Introduction and Landing

With: YIP Organising Team (OTs)

Course
05 Sep - 09 Sep
Week 36
Local to Global

Local to Global

With: Various Contributors

Course
12 Sep - 16 Sep
Week 37
Governance and Activism

Governance and Activism

With: Gerald Häfner and Tracy Abenaa Osei-Tutu

Open Course
19 Sep - 23 Sep
Week 38
Thinking like a Mountain:  science, ecology and meaning Open Course
26 Sep - 30 Sep
Week 39
Being Human in a Technological Age

Being Human in a Technological Age

With: Dr. Gopi Krishna Vijaya and Elias Romualdez

Open Course
03 Oct - 07 Oct
Week 40
Values & Economics

Values & Economics

With: Theo Fischer and Sari Escribano

Open Course
10 Oct - 14 Oct
Week 41
Beyond Narratives: War & Conflict

Beyond Narratives: War & Conflict

With: Christianne Aikins and Ramsay Boly

Course
17 Oct - 21 Oct
Week 42
Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter Course
24 Oct - 28 Oct
Week 43
Autumn Break Holiday
31 Oct - 04 Nov
Week 44
Moving in Complexity

Moving in Complexity

With: Movement Vilnius

Open Course
07 Nov - 11 Nov
Week 45
Personal Initiative & Practice

Personal Initiative & Practice

With: Reinoud Meijer

Course
14 Nov - 18 Nov
Week 46
The Study of Humankind

The Study of Humankind

With: Marcel de Leuw

Open Course
21 Nov - 25 Nov
Week 47
An Inquiry into Self: Biography Week Course
21 Nov - 25 Nov
Week 47
The Art of Sculpture

The Art of Sculpture

With: Barbara Schetzler

Course
28 Nov - 02 Dec
Week 48
Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting

With: Rachel Ingvad

Open Course
05 Dec - 09 Dec
Week 49
Power, Privilege & Oppression

Power, Privilege & Oppression

With: Didintle Ntsie

Course
05 Dec - 09 Dec
Week 49
The Liberated Voice

The Liberated Voice

With: Kefas Berlin

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

The Art of Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Course
19 Dec - 04 Jan
Week 51
Winter Break Holiday
04 Jan - 06 Jan
Week 01
Arrival, Review, & Community Check-in Course
09 Jan - 13 Jan
Week 02
TBA

TBA

With: TBA

Course
16 Jan - 20 Jan
Week 03
Dialogue and Group Dynamics

Dialogue and Group Dynamics

With: Brenno Kaschner Russo and Allan Sousa

Course
23 Jan - 27 Jan
Week 04
Action Based Prototyping

Action Based Prototyping

With: Brenno Kaschner Russo

Course
30 Jan - 03 Feb
Week 05
Slava Theatre

Slava Theatre

With: Maria af Klintberg

Course
06 Feb - 10 Feb
Week 06
Self Designed Curriculum Kickstart and Project Skills Course
13 Feb - 17 Feb
Week 07
Art of Hosting Initiative Forum Preparation Course
20 Feb - 25 Feb
Week 08
Initiative Forum Preparation Week
26 Feb - 02 Mar
Week 08
Initiative Forum

Initiative Forum

With: Yippies

Community
03 Mar - 06 Mar
Week 09
Initiative Forum Wrap

Initiative Forum Wrap

With: Yippies

07 Mar - 10 Mar
Week 10
Break

Break

With: Yippies

Holiday
13 Mar - 17 Mar
Week 11
Review, Final Prep, Internship Departures Learning Placement
15 Mar - 14 Apr
Week 11
Internship

Internship

With: Yippies

15 Apr - 21 Apr
Week 15
Returning & Internship Sharing Learning Placement
24 Apr - 28 Apr
Week 17
Spiritual Ecology and Gardening

Spiritual Ecology and Gardening

With: Alice Machin and TBC

Community
01 May - 28 May
Week 18
Self-Designed Curriculum Community
29 May - 02 Jun
Week 22
Personal Initiative Presentations Community
05 Jun - 09 Jun
Week 23
Review & Outdoor Experience Preparation

Review & Outdoor Experience Preparation

With: Organizing Team and Yippies

12 Jun - 16 Jun
Week 24
Outdoor Experience

Outdoor Experience

With: Organizing Team

Course
19 Jun - 22 Jun
Week 25
Closing & Celebration Week

Closing & Celebration Week

With: Yippies and Organizing Team

Community
Date/Time Event
28 Aug
Week 34
Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

With: YIP15 and community

Community
29 Aug - 02 Sep
Week 35
Introduction and Landing

Introduction and Landing

With: YIP Organising Team (OTs)

Course
05 Sep - 09 Sep
Week 36
Local to Global

Local to Global

With: Various Contributors

Course
12 Sep - 16 Sep
Week 37
Governance and Activism

Governance and Activism

With: Gerald Häfner and Tracy Abenaa Osei-Tutu

Open Course
19 Sep - 23 Sep
Week 38
Thinking like a Mountain:  science, ecology and meaning Open Course
26 Sep - 30 Sep
Week 39
Being Human in a Technological Age

Being Human in a Technological Age

With: Dr. Gopi Krishna Vijaya and Elias Romualdez

Open Course
03 Oct - 07 Oct
Week 40
Values & Economics

Values & Economics

With: Theo Fischer and Sari Escribano

Open Course
10 Oct - 14 Oct
Week 41
Beyond Narratives: War & Conflict

Beyond Narratives: War & Conflict

With: Christianne Aikins and Ramsay Boly

Course
17 Oct - 21 Oct
Week 42
Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter Course
24 Oct - 28 Oct
Week 43
Autumn Break Holiday
31 Oct - 04 Nov
Week 44
Moving in Complexity

Moving in Complexity

With: Movement Vilnius

Open Course
07 Nov - 11 Nov
Week 45
Personal Initiative & Practice

Personal Initiative & Practice

With: Reinoud Meijer

Course
14 Nov - 18 Nov
Week 46
The Study of Humankind

The Study of Humankind

With: Marcel de Leuw

Open Course
21 Nov - 25 Nov
Week 47
An Inquiry into Self: Biography Week Course
21 Nov - 25 Nov
Week 47
The Art of Sculpture

The Art of Sculpture

With: Barbara Schetzler

Course
28 Nov - 02 Dec
Week 48
Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting

With: Rachel Ingvad

Open Course
05 Dec - 09 Dec
Week 49
Power, Privilege & Oppression

Power, Privilege & Oppression

With: Didintle Ntsie

Course
05 Dec - 09 Dec
Week 49
The Liberated Voice

The Liberated Voice

With: Kefas Berlin

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

The Art of Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Course
19 Dec - 04 Jan
Week 51
Winter Break Holiday
04 Jan - 06 Jan
Week 01
Arrival, Review, & Community Check-in Course
09 Jan - 13 Jan
Week 02
TBA

TBA

With: TBA

Course
16 Jan - 20 Jan
Week 03
Dialogue and Group Dynamics

Dialogue and Group Dynamics

With: Brenno Kaschner Russo and Allan Sousa

Course
23 Jan - 27 Jan
Week 04
Action Based Prototyping

Action Based Prototyping

With: Brenno Kaschner Russo

Course
30 Jan - 03 Feb
Week 05
Slava Theatre

Slava Theatre

With: Maria af Klintberg

Course
06 Feb - 10 Feb
Week 06
Self Designed Curriculum Kickstart and Project Skills Course
13 Feb - 17 Feb
Week 07
Art of Hosting Initiative Forum Preparation Course
20 Feb - 25 Feb
Week 08
Initiative Forum Preparation Week
26 Feb - 02 Mar
Week 08
Initiative Forum

Initiative Forum

With: Yippies

Community
03 Mar - 06 Mar
Week 09
Initiative Forum Wrap

Initiative Forum Wrap

With: Yippies

07 Mar - 10 Mar
Week 10
Break

Break

With: Yippies

Holiday
13 Mar - 17 Mar
Week 11
Review, Final Prep, Internship Departures Learning Placement
15 Mar - 14 Apr
Week 11
Internship

Internship

With: Yippies

15 Apr - 21 Apr
Week 15
Returning & Internship Sharing Learning Placement
24 Apr - 28 Apr
Week 17
Spiritual Ecology and Gardening

Spiritual Ecology and Gardening

With: Alice Machin and TBC

Community
01 May - 28 May
Week 18
Self-Designed Curriculum Community
29 May - 02 Jun
Week 22
Personal Initiative Presentations Community
05 Jun - 09 Jun
Week 23
Review & Outdoor Experience Preparation

Review & Outdoor Experience Preparation

With: Organizing Team and Yippies

12 Jun - 16 Jun
Week 24
Outdoor Experience

Outdoor Experience

With: Organizing Team

Course
19 Jun - 22 Jun
Week 25
Closing & Celebration Week

Closing & Celebration Week

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".




Internships

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

The internship 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 internship 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 internship in a group of 2 - 7 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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Threefolding Grassroots Organizing and Cultural Initiatives in Community

Host Organization: Elderberries 3fold Cafe
Geographic Location: United States of America


Movement

Physical Movement/Literacy, Communication and Expression as Human Beings

Host Organization: Movement Vilnius
Geographic Location: Lithuania

Land and House in Nepal

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

City in Brazil

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



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

Host Organization: Kufunda Village
Geographic Location: Zimbabwe

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 125.000 per participant for the whole 10 month program period, including travel to and from the internship 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: travel to and from internship
  • 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 YIP16