GOAL’s NextGen 2023 Youth Programme is excited to announce the opening of its 7-week engagement program with young people in Ireland and select GOAL program countries focused on creating the learning and empowerment opportunities necessary for positive youth-led change. Through participatory workshops and cross-cultural collaborations, youth program participants will deepen their understanding of global citizenship and linked global justice issues.
GOAL’s NextGen Youth Programme brings together young people from all over the world to better understand global justice issues and deepen their understanding of Global Citizenship. This program will guide young, motivated changemakers to learn all about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in relation to food and climate action, and how we can strive to create a fairer and more sustainable future for all. Participants will collaborate in creating awareness-raising materials to help share their learnings and hope for our connected world.
Much more than a once-off program, upon completion all participants of the program will join GOAL’s NextGen Youth Network as the facilitators and multipliers of GOAL’s message of Global Citizenship.
The 2023 Programme will consist of 7 sessions that take place online, with 2 sessions in person for Irish-based participants.
Saturday, May 20 Irish-based participants in-person 12-3 pm.
Saturday, May 20 Hybrid meeting with all participants 3-4 pm
Thursday, May 25 All participants online 3-5 pm
Thursday, June 8 All participants online 3-5 pm
Saturday, June 17 Irish-based participants in-person 12-3 pm.
Saturday, June 17 Hybrid meeting with all participants 3-4 pm
Thursday, June 22 All participants online 3-5 pm
Thursday, June 29 All participants online 3-5 pm
Thursday, July 13 All participants online 3-5 pm
In order to ensure global cohort participation, seminars will take place on Thursdays at 3 pm Irish Time (8 am Honduras, 2 pm Sierra Leone, 4 pm Zimbabwe, and 5 pm Ethiopia & Uganda).
Seminars will last between 1 and 2 hours and can be adjusted according to the needs of the group and the topic at hand.
Stipends of €400 for the duration of the program are available for all successful participants.
In order to support participation, stipends will be available for all successful participants. Stipends are intended to cover the costs of internet and data as well as any travel costs incurred during the program.
By taking part you will be empowered to:
- Understand the diverse and interconnected nature of our world.
- Critically interrogate the systems that perpetuate inequalities.
- Reflect upon your own role and the role of others in tackling local and global challenges.
- Engage in dialogue with others in a spirit of empathy, inclusivity, solidarity, and collaboration.
- Develop the courage, confidence, and resilience to speak out for change.
- Understand the GOAL’s work and have the opportunity to connect with GOAL staff.
- Over these 7 sessions, participants will work with peers across the world to develop skills in critical thinking, intercultural communication, project management, teamwork, and the fundamentals of organizing and implementing public awareness campaigns.
- To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Comfortably fluent in English.
- Between 18 and 25 years old.
- Available for 7 seminars between May and July. Seminars will be between 1-2 hours and will fall on Thursdays and Saturdays
- Be open and willing to engage in teamwork in between seminars.
- Demonstrate basic/emerging understanding of local and global issues.
- Show clear initiative and desire to be a part of positive change (this could be demonstrated through volunteering, participation in local events, workshop facilitation, tutoring, creative extra-curricular activities, etc.)
- Interest in participating in artistic methods of learning (this could be demonstrated through a passion for drama, art, creative writing, journalism, music, or any other artistic discipline.)
- Current resident of Ireland, Ethiopia, Honduras, Sierra Leone, Uganda, or Zimbabwe.
- Reliable access to a “device” and the internet is desired but not essential. If you do not have access to a device, please let us know in your application and we will endeavor to support your participation.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Name, Country, NextGen Youth Application by May 5th)
- In your email let us know if you have access to a phone or laptop
- Attach your CV (keep it simple! An outline of your educational background, voluntary and/or professional work is enough), and a 1-page cover letter to email@example.com addressing the following points:
- Tell them about yourself! Why are you applying for this program, and why do you think you are a good fit?
- What skills do you bring to this program, and what would you like to gain from it?
Applications close May 5th. Successful applicants will be notified of selection by May 12th. If you are not selected to participate in this year’s cohort, we encourage you to stay in touch with us for other opportunities and to apply again next year.
GOAL’s NextGen Youth Diversity and Inclusion
GOAL is committed to widening participation and achieving equity of access to non-formal Global Citizenship Education for participants from under-represented groups in the sector. We especially welcome and encourage applications from participants with diverse identities, socio-economically disadvantaged participants, participants with disabilities, participants from ethnic minority backgrounds, and participants from any groups facing marginalization.
Types of opportunity: Grant
Deadline: 5th May 2023
Open to: 18 years – 25 years
Duration: 7 weeks
Country: Residents of Ireland, Ethiopia, Honduras, Sierra Leone, Uganda, or Zimbabwe.
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