GOAL’s NextGen Youth Programme 2023 for Positive Youth-led Change
Applications Now Open for GOAL’s NextGen 2023 Youth Programme, a 7-week engagement with young people in Ireland and select GOAL programme countries focused on creating the learning and empowerment opportunities necessary for positive youth-led change.
Through participatory workshops and cross-cultural collaborations, youth programme 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 programme will guide young, motivated changemakers to learn all about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in relation to food and climate action, and how they 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 hopes for their connected world.
Much more than a once-off programme, upon completion all participants of the programme will join GOAL’s NextGen Youth Network as the facilitators and multipliers of GOAL’s message of Global Citizenship.
When will it take place?
The 2023 Programme will consist of 7 sessions that take place online, with 2 sessions in person for Irish based participants.
Seminars to take place on Thursdays at 3pm Irish Time and Saturdays 12pm Irish Time.
In order to ensure participation of this global cohort, seminars will take place on Thursdays at 3pm Irish Time (5pm Uganda/Zimbabwe/Sierra Leone, 2pm Ethiopia, 8am Honduras).
Seminars will last between 1 and 2 hours and can be adjusted according to the needs of the group and the topic at hand.
In order to support participation, stipends will be available for all successful participants. Stipends are intended to cover costs of internet and data as well as any travel costs incurred during the programme.
Stipends of €400 for the duration of the programme are available for all successful participants.
What will you learn?
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 organising and implementing public awareness campaigns.
By taking part you will be empowered to:Understand the diverse and interconnected nature of their 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.
What are they looking for in a candidate?
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.)