The Council of Europe invites youth leaders coming from conflict-affected communities to take part in its Youth Peace Ambassadors project. The project combines residential training, distance learning and field initiatives supported by a European network and is run from 2011 to 2013. Applications to be part of the first group of “ambassadors” are now open.
You can find below detailed information about the project background, aim and objectives, profile of the candidates and selection procedure.
The Youth Peace Ambassadors project promotes and supports the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue through a network of specifically trained young people who strengthen the presence and promote the values of the Council of Europe in conflict-affected areas and communities.
The main objectives of this project are:
To promote the presence and the role of young people as positive actors of change in peace-building processes;
To strengthen the role of young people in identifying and speaking up against human rights violations, including discrimination, hate speech and those human rights violations affecting especially young people and children;
To support the field presence and activities of the Council of Europe by fostering cooperation with key stakeholders, partners, non-governmental organisations working in the field of peace-building in order to promote the values of the Council of Europe;
To develop the impact and the expertise of the Council of Europe’s youth sector in conflict affected areas through non-formal education activities with young people;
To develop the competences 50 of youth peace ambassadors in human rights promotion and protection, conflict transformation, peace-building and intercultural dialogue, as well as other specific competences according to the participants’ needs, related to their role as future ambassadors;
To support and give visibility to at least 50 local youth-led projects for peace-building in conflict-affected areas and communities;
To enhance the youth ambassadors capacity to take action at a local level in environments affected by previous or ongoing conflicts;
To advance youth policy’s role in peace-building and conflict transformation;
To create and support a European network of youth peace ambassadors to secure the sustainability and medium-term impact of the project.
Info available at: CoE Application Link