Summer School 2017

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Youth Time International Movement is pleased to open applications for its latest Global Youth Forum 2017! The event will take place in Dubai, UAE from November 23-27 and will gather together more than 100 participants from all over the world with the aim of discussing ideas and solutions for the most prevalent youth issues. The topic of the annual event is Ethical Entrepreneurship in the Time of a Competitive Knowledge-based Economy. Participation is partially funded.

The Youth Global Forum is organized by Youth Time International Movement in close cooperation with the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE.

The main focus of this forum is set on thinking creatively as a young entrepreneur, taking into account social responsibility in a sustainable knowledge-based economy. This forum will provide an interactive platform for young social innovators to openly communicate, share ideas and experiences with their peers from different cultural backgrounds and regions around the globe. This event will offer participants to connect and engage with other social entrepreneurs, as through networking they can find human support by like-minded people. Furthermore, participants will receive advice and guidance from experts and global think tanks in order to become inspired and find motivation to collaboratively lay down the foundations for their successful future.

Main criteria

  • Young people 18-35 from around the world;
  • Students, social entrepreneurs, young professionals, startups;
  • Fluent in English.

You can either apply as a project presenter, an interested participant or a journalist.  

As an interested participant you can expect to: 

  • Participate in educational and interactive talks and become inspired through workshops conducted by esteemed honorable guests.
  • Gain valuable new skills, knowledge and experiences that will serve as a solid foundation for your future entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Have a fruitful working and learning experience in the amazing city of Dubai.
  • Have a unique opportunity to meet with 100+ likeminded people from across the globe.
  • Network with renowned professionals in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, science and technology.
  • Take part in a fantastic cultural exchange program which includes trips to see some of Dubai’s most iconic attractions and a desert safari.
  • The program, food, and twin room shared accommodation are covered by Youth Time and the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE. Please take into consideration that travel expenses are at your own expense.
  • Join each other in celebrating at our welcome and closing dinners and attend the project awarding ceremony. 

As interested participant you are expected to:

  • Inspire and evaluate all projects that are presented to you during the event and vote for a winner.
  • After invitation pay an entrance fee (see details below). Only after payment your participation is guaranteed.
  • Take part in all workshops that are offered by the program.

As project presenter you can expect to:

  • Have the opportunity to present your social impact project with the chance of being awarded a grant to realize it or a scholarship.
  • Work on your project proposal with the supervision of an expert (in setting up business initiatives) before the event.
  • Get a platform to present your ideas. Have a unique opportunity to network with 150 like-minded people.
  • Participate in educational and interactive talks and become inspired through workshops conducted by esteemed honorable guests.
  • Gain valuable new skills, knowledge and experiences that will serve as a solid foundation for your future entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Have a fruitful working and learning experience in the amazing city of Dubai.
  • Have a unique opportunity to meet with 100+ likeminded people from across the globe.
  • Network with renowned professionals in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, science and technology.
  • Take part in a fantastic cultural exchange program which includes trips to see some of Dubai’s most iconic attractions and a desert safari.
  • The program, food, and twin room shared accommodation are covered by Youth Time and the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE. Please take into consideration that travel expenses are at your own expense.
  • Join each other in celebrating at our welcome and closing dinners and attend the project awarding ceremony.

As project presenter you are expected to:

  • After invitation pay an entrance fee (see details below). Please note that only after payment will we take your project into consideration.
  • Hand in the project proposals before Youth Time’s set deadlines.
  • Present project in front of all participants, experts and journalists at the event.
  • Gather 30% of the total required project budget yourself.
  • Take part in all workshops that are offered by the program.
  • Follow Youth Time’s Code of Conduct (see below).

Information about journalists will be announced soon.

Participation fees 

The complete program is covered by Youth Time but please take into consideration that travel expenses are at your own expense. Hotel accommodation is partially sponsored by Youth Time. The desert safari will be sponsored by the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare in the UAE. Participation fees will go toward the budget which will support the grant awarded to the 1st place project winner. Below you will find details on the participation fees.

Subsidiary Basic Participation

  • Registration fee excluding accommodation (only available for residents of Dubai): 150€ /650 AED (Includes attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks and lunches, cultural and education programs, participants kit).
  • Registration fee including twin room shared accommodation: 250€ /1082 AED (Includes attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks, all meals, cultural and education programs, participants kit)
  • Payment details will be provided to the selected participants in the official invitation.
  • Only after payment your participation is guaranteed.

 Subsidiary Project Presenter Participation

  • Registration fee excluding accommodation (only available for residents of Dubai): 150€ /650 AED (Includes attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks and lunches, cultural and education programs, participants kit).
  • Registration fee including twin room shared accommodation: 180€ /780 AED (Includes attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks, all meals, cultural and education programs, presentation of the project during event, participants kits)
  • Payment details will be provided to the selected participants upon acceptance of the project proposal and will be sent in the official invitation.
  • Only after payment your participation and opportunity to present your project guaranteed.

Non-subsidiary Participation 

As an NGO we will be glad to receive any kind of sponsorship. If you wish to support Youth Time International Movement, you can choose the non-subsidiary option which covers 100% costs of participation. Registration fee is 1000€/4330 AED which will include: accommodation in a single room, attendance of opening and closing ceremonies, coffee breaks, all meals, cultural and education programs, participants kit, presentation of project during event (in cases where you are a project presenter).

In order to apply for 2017 Global Youth Forum you must: 

  1. Fill out Global Youth Forum Participant APPLICATION FORM (will be opened on September 1)
  2. Make a one-minute video answering the following questions:
    • What is your educational and work experience?
    • Why you are interested in ethical entrepreneurship and/or sustainable development and what does it mean to you?
    • What is your motivation for making the world a better place?
    • What social impact can you achieve through your current/future job?
  3. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your Application Form, Video and CV (save under Lastname_CV). 

On the 5th of June 2017, Youth Time hosted its seventh annual International Summer School and the second in Beijing, China following the great success one year previously. In association with our partners and friends at the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, the event brought together experts, speakers, and participants together from all corners of the globe. Through a comprehensive series of masterclasses, workshops, and cultural exchange programmes, young entrepreneurs from far and wide were equipped with the necessary tools to formulate their own successful businesses and social enterprises.

 

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The highly impressive China Soong Ching Ling Foundation International Exchange Campsite and Science Centre was the venue of choice for this most special of events. Predominantly a center of education for young people, the setting seemed an obvious choice – especially considering the grandiose interior and state-of-the art facilities available.

This year’s theme was: ‘Startups and Exchanges as Pillars of a New World Order’. The program of the events comprised days that were dedicated to the topics, “Building”, “Collaboration”, “Sales”, and “Exchange” all of which were tied into the main theme. The idea behind the structured agenda was to provide participants with expert advice on the stages of initiating successful startups, followed by an equally important component, cultural exchange, which entailed visiting some of Beijing’s most famous landmarks and even learning how to make Chinese dumplings!

An opening ceremony marked the commencement of the event, with Standing Vice Chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, Mr. Hang Yuanxiang using the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the participants, “Young people from 23 countries are gathered here today in Beijing to carry out meaningful discussions and bridge together cultures through business. On behalf of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, I would like to extend a warm welcome to every one of you.”

Throughout the International Summer School, Youth Time in collaboration with the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation stayed true to its mission and vision, encouraging all participants to keep in mind that with success comes social responsibility. Indeed, President of the Youth Time International Movement, Ms. Julia Kinash remarked during her opening ceremony speech, “It would appear obvious that youth entrepreneurship and cultural exchange are key to generating opportunities and providing sustainable livelihoods in the future. The International Summer School encourages young people to become active, creative, and socially responsible citizens. The lessons participants will learn over the next few days will help to sculpt a positive future not just for themselves, but for society and future generations.”

 

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Over the course of the event, participants had the chance to gain deeper insight into the world of modern business, in addition to learning a few things about themselves and others. The workshops and masterclasses hosted by local and internationally esteemed business academia were highly interactive, with attendees encouraged to ask plenty of questions and engage in team building activities with fellow participants and experts alike.

The series of educational and inspiring activities were kicked off by honorable guest, Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, Head of the department of Political Science, of Moscow State University. On Building Day, his key note speech “How to Start Your Own Business: Successful examples and contradictions for different parts of the world”, provided participants with expert knowledge and ideas applicable for initiating their own startups.

Later that afternoon, Dr. Yakunin also hosted an insightful workshop entitled, “How to choose the right business partners” in which participants learned the key elements required for establishing fruitful partnerships.

 

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But not all seminars were related directly to business as Mr. Nick Fewings, CEO of Ngagementworks demonstrated on Collaboration Day through his enlightening and thoroughly entertaining masterclass, “Collaboration for Future Success”. Participants not only discovered more about their own personality types, but also learned how to deal with those who had opposing traits in both a personal and professional capacity.

The final day of seminars saw a number of experts share their knowledge and advice in the field of sales and marketing. Ms. Wang Lili, Founder of Sidai International opened up with her masterclass on, “Brand Positioning and Marketing”. Using examples of highly successful brands, Ms. Wang delved into the thought processes and strategies behind marketing campaigns dependent on various target audiences worldwide.

Following a fruitful week comprising educational and thought-provoking activties, it was then time for participants to enjoy the historic sights of Beijing. Included in the itinerary were visits to the Forbidden City and Imperial Palace, before a trip to the International Makers Center.

 

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The event was capped off in traditional Youth Time style, with a closing ceremony and gala dinner hosted at the beautiful Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling. Among the activities were an awarding ceremony, a video summarizing the event, and speeches and performances from participants. Ms. Julia Kinash, President of Youth Time International Movement closed the event with remarks that summarized the week and embodied the true spirit of the organization and its credo, “Throughout the past six days, we have joined together to learn not only about business and entrepreneurship, but also ourselves and each other. New bonds, perhaps everlasting, have been made through intercultural and intergenerational exchange. All of you deserve to be successful, but with success, we have an obligation to fulfill. Share your newfound knowledge with others and become the positive change-makers you were destined to be.

Follow Youth Time movement and Youth Time magazine websites for more updates on future events and activities and do not miss your chance to participate in one of them. Furthermore, if you are interested in Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship, make sure to apply for Youth Time Global Forum, which will be held in November.

YT Ambassadors 2017

Ambassadors 2016

 

Niwa Dwitama (Indonesia)

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Niwa Niwa was an NGO activist who now works as a diplomat for the Indonesian government—Aspiring to make little difference from within the system. What consistently remains is his interest in youth leadership and diplomacy, project management, policy advocacy and facilitating international trainings. He graduated as a valedictorian from University of Indonesia, minoring in International Relations and subsequently the best graduate of Diplomatic Academy batch 39 in Indonesian Diplomatic Corps. As a co-founder of an Indonesian youth NGO (since 2009), Niwa has successfully won project grants and led several community projects funded by, among others: Microsoft, Person Foundation, UN Habitat, Indonesian governments and Council of Europe. Supporting the successful convening of Youth Time Global Forum 2016 in Jakarta, the first time in Southeast Asia, Niwa looks forward to forge his contribution with Youth Time community at the regional and global level.

 

Marija Vilimonovic (Serbia)

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Vilimonovic Marija is currently writing a Magister’s thesis in English literature at University of Pisa, Italy. She graduated from the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, Serbia. Marija speaks five languages, has been a volunteer for several organizations, participated in various international conferences and she works in the field of journalism, translation and education. A passion for theater dates back from her adolescent period and remains one of her greatest interest. Beside that her interest lies in writing, painting, photography, psychology and traveling.

 

Grégory Julien (France)

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Jullien Grégory is an expert in the field of international affairs. Graduated in history of international relations and cultural exchanges. Also graduated in management. Was a consultant in international project management for international NGO and institutions. Attended multiple Youth Time events since 2010, feels glad to share his experience with other ambassadors and the participants.

 

Qëndrim Behluli (Kosovo)

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Behluli Law student, with specialisation international law. Since childhood interested in human rights and international relations. Wishes to be active in social life in his surroundings. Got involved in different organizations such as "Ligo Lex Legis" where he currently is a member of the parliament in this organization. Qëndrim's work is focused in youth rights, international relations and awareness of the mass. His main ambition is that one day he will become the main factor in creating good international relations for his country.

 

 

Jonathan Fritzler (USA)

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Fritzler 2nd year ambassador. After a nearly fatal accident Jonathan Fritzler experienced a profound Awakening. During his recovery, he began receiving visions of his future path. It was his call to a higher purpose. It was a call to serve the world. Now Jonathan is on a mission to impact the world through innovative approaches toward education, business, sustainability, and strategy. He is the author of the book “Hack Your Education”. While studying business at the University of Hawaii he used his school research build a million dollar recording studio in Honolulu. Now his organization EducationEnergy.net has helped mentor thousands of students Hack their Education and use their projects as tools for their future. Fritzler has given a TED Talk called “The Education Energy Movement”.

 

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