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

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.

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Inner 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Project Skills

Project skills focuses on visioning, budgeting, and planning strategies. Participants will also interact with and learn from entrepreneurs in their life, work and projects.

Tuesday

Team work

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

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

Wednesday

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.

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 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.

this years curriculum

A note on the learning environment for YIP13

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 YIP13 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 by 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 capacity of our times to navigate the online space, continue to bring in diverse international content and welcome our European contributors in person expect 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
24 Aug - 28 Aug
Week 35

Introduction and Landing

With: YIP Organising Team (OTs)

Course
31 Aug - 04 Sep
Week 36

Ecosystems

With: Pieter Ploeg and Brigid LeFevre

Open Course
07 Sep - 11 Sep
Week 37

Governance and Activism

With: Gerald Häfner and Kait Zeigler

Open Course
14 Sep - 18 Sep
Week 38
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War and Conflict

With: TBC

Open Course
21 Sep - 25 Sep
Week 39
Open Course
28 Sep - 02 Oct
Week 40

Economic systems

With: Stacco Trancoso

Open Course
05 Oct - 09 Oct
Week 41
Course
12 Oct - 16 Oct
Week 42

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter

With: Yannick Wassmer, Kajsa Balkfors, Rachel Derrah, Maira Rahme

Course
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
23 Nov - 27 Nov
Week 48

Original Instructions

With: Patricia McCabe

Course
30 Nov - 04 Dec
Week 49
Portrait Reinoud Meijer

Personal Initiative & practice

With: Reinoud Meijer

Course
07 Dec - 11 Dec
Week 50

The Study of Humankind

With: Marcel de Leuw

Open Course
14 Dec - 18 Dec
Week 51

Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Course
21 Dec - 01 Jan
Week 52

Winter Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
04 Jan - 08 Jan
Week 01

Arrival & Community Check-in

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
11 Jan - 15 Jan
Week 02

Place Making

With: Kiara Nagel

Open Course
18 Jan - 22 Jan
Week 03
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Project Skills I

With: TBC

Course
25 Jan - 29 Jan
Week 04
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01 Feb - 05 Feb
Week 05
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08 Feb - 12 Feb
Week 06

Togetherness Unleashed

With: Joao Rafael Brites

Open Course
15 Feb - 19 Feb
Week 07

Art of Hosting Initiative Forum Preparation

With: YIP Participants, Organizing Team, Art of Hosting

Course
22 Feb - 26 Feb
Week 08

Initiative Forum Preparation

With: YIP Participants and Organising Team

Course
01 Mar - 05 Mar
Week 09

Initiative Forum

With: YIP Participants, Organising Team, Network and Public

Open Course
15 Mar - 19 Mar
Week 11
Course
22 Mar - 16 Apr
Week 12

International Internships

With: Internship Hosts in Various Locations

Course
19 Apr - 23 Apr
Week 16

Internship Return and Presentations

With: YIP Participants, Organizing Team, Art of Hosting

Open Course
26 Apr - 30 Apr
Week 17

Selfdesigned Curriculum Kickstarter

With: YIP Participants

Course
03 May - 28 May
Week 18

Personal Initiative / Initiative Lab

With: YIP Participants

Course
31 May - 04 Jun
Week 22
YIP 9 group photo

Personal Initiative Presentations

With: YIP Participants & Organizing Team

Open Course
07 Jun - 11 Jun
Week 23

Review and Outdoor Experience

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

Course
14 Jun - 18 Jun
Week 24

Outdoor Experience

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

Course
21 Jun - 25 Jun
Week 25

Closing and Celebration

With: YIP Participants & Organising Team

Course
Date/Time Event
24 Aug - 28 Aug
Week 35

Introduction and Landing

With: YIP Organising Team (OTs)

Course
31 Aug - 04 Sep
Week 36

Ecosystems

With: Pieter Ploeg and Brigid LeFevre

Open Course
07 Sep - 11 Sep
Week 37

Governance and Activism

With: Gerald Häfner and Kait Zeigler

Open Course
14 Sep - 18 Sep
Week 38
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War and Conflict

With: TBC

Open Course
21 Sep - 25 Sep
Week 39
Open Course
28 Sep - 02 Oct
Week 40

Economic systems

With: Stacco Trancoso

Open Course
05 Oct - 09 Oct
Week 41
Course
12 Oct - 16 Oct
Week 42

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter

With: Yannick Wassmer, Kajsa Balkfors, Rachel Derrah, Maira Rahme

Course
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
23 Nov - 27 Nov
Week 48

Original Instructions

With: Patricia McCabe

Course
30 Nov - 04 Dec
Week 49
Portrait Reinoud Meijer

Personal Initiative & practice

With: Reinoud Meijer

Course
07 Dec - 11 Dec
Week 50

The Study of Humankind

With: Marcel de Leuw

Open Course
14 Dec - 18 Dec
Week 51

Storytelling

With: Roi Gal-Or

Course
21 Dec - 01 Jan
Week 52

Winter Break

With: YIP Participants

Holiday
04 Jan - 08 Jan
Week 01

Arrival & Community Check-in

With: YIP Organising Team

Course
11 Jan - 15 Jan
Week 02

Place Making

With: Kiara Nagel

Open Course
18 Jan - 22 Jan
Week 03
Favicon YIP

Project Skills I

With: TBC

Course
25 Jan - 29 Jan
Week 04
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01 Feb - 05 Feb
Week 05
Favicon YIP Course
08 Feb - 12 Feb
Week 06

Togetherness Unleashed

With: Joao Rafael Brites

Open Course
15 Feb - 19 Feb
Week 07

Art of Hosting Initiative Forum Preparation

With: YIP Participants, Organizing Team, Art of Hosting

Course
22 Feb - 26 Feb
Week 08

Initiative Forum Preparation

With: YIP Participants and Organising Team

Course
01 Mar - 05 Mar
Week 09

Initiative Forum

With: YIP Participants, Organising Team, Network and Public

Open Course
15 Mar - 19 Mar
Week 11
Course
22 Mar - 16 Apr
Week 12

International Internships

With: Internship Hosts in Various Locations

Course
19 Apr - 23 Apr
Week 16

Internship Return and Presentations

With: YIP Participants, Organizing Team, Art of Hosting

Open Course
26 Apr - 30 Apr
Week 17

Selfdesigned Curriculum Kickstarter

With: YIP Participants

Course
03 May - 28 May
Week 18

Personal Initiative / Initiative Lab

With: YIP Participants

Course
31 May - 04 Jun
Week 22
YIP 9 group photo

Personal Initiative Presentations

With: YIP Participants & Organizing Team

Open Course
07 Jun - 11 Jun
Week 23

Review and Outdoor Experience

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

Course
14 Jun - 18 Jun
Week 24

Outdoor Experience

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

Course
21 Jun - 25 Jun
Week 25

Closing and Celebration

With: YIP Participants & Organising Team

Course

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, “The Hive”.




International Intership

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

The international 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 30 people and within their team.

The YIP participants are the co-designers of their learning journey during the international internship 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 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