United 4 Change | Program for Young Political Activists 2021 is a 4-day course on public leadership held in a Webinar format (20-21 May & 24-25 May 2021) – supplemented with a 2-day online visit to the Warsaw Security Forum (5-6 October 2021) and addressed to young civic activists and community leaders interested in entering or growing their role in the public sector and politics.
The goal of the United 4 Change | Program for Young Political Activists 2021 is to equip 20 participants – civic activists from Europe and beyond (with some preference given to leaders from the Visegrad states) with a political toolkit – a set of fundamental skills required to successfully transition into the world of politics. Participants will take part in online expert lectures and workgroups focusing on the common challenges facing democracies around the world. They will also attend the Warsaw Security Forum online (5-6 October 2021).
The program will utilize the hands-on methodology of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights that engages participants through a case study and hands-on method of instruction. This methodology encourages learning by doing and engaging other participants and lecturers in an open dialogue.
The Program comprises a 4-day Webinar course on public leadership (20-21 May & 24-25 May 2021), supplemented with a 2-day online visit to the Warsaw Security Forum (5 – 6 October 2021).
The program will be divided into modules that will offer participants practical knowledge & insights, master level skills training and know-how sharing with experienced politicians, representatives from civic society and fellow participants:
- Thematic lectures
- Political Toolkit
A. Thematic Lectures (Online Session, 20 – 21 & 24 – 25 May)
1. Identifying main challenges to the democratic processes in Europe and beyond
- Transparency, Corruption and Accountability
- The Importance of Rule of Law and Separation of Power
2. Strengthening the democratic processes in Europe
- Diversity and Inclusion in Societies
- Fostering Women’s Activism and Involvement
B. The Political Toolkit (Online Session, 20 – 21 May & 24 – 25 May)
The thematic lectures and debates will be supplemented by the Political Toolkit module, which will help participants master skills that are necessary to make a transition from the world of civic activism into politics and public leadership:
- Ethical Leadership
- Policy Advising & Speech Writing
- Political reporting/effective briefing
- New Technologies, Human Rights and Democracy
C. Warsaw Security Forum (5 – 6 October)
The project participants will have a chance to participate in a number of high-level sessions and discussions with peers coming from over 60 countries, and meet their peers from the other Schools for Political Studies in Europe and beyond.
The program will offer a selected group of 20 young political activists:
- Critical skills to take a leap into public leadership and politics.
- Knowledge to shape and strengthen the democratic processes and institutions in their respective countries.
- An opportunity to establish a regional network of democratically-minded leaders, ready to take on greater responsibility for a more mature political culture in their respective countries.
- Involvement in a discussion about the direction of political leadership in Europe.
The program is a full scholarship initiative, with all fees covered such as:
The Webinar session
- Tuition fee
- Workshop materials
- Webinar completion certificate issues by VSPS and ODHiR
The Warsaw Security Forum session (online)
- Tuition fee
- Exclusive meetings with distinguished guests of the Forum
The application process is highly competitive and is addressed to applicants meeting the following requirements:
- Profile: civic activists or community leaders interested in entering or growing your role in the public sector and politics;
- Countries: leaders from Europe and beyond (OSCE citizens)
- Age: between 18-35 years old;
- Language: English proficiency, at least B2 level (certificate not required);
- Application Process: Fill in the application form with personal questions and an opinion-based question & attaching the applicant’s CV;
- Be fully committed to participating in all four days of the webinar (20-21 May & 24 – 25 May 2021) and be able to attend the Warsaw Security Forum (5-6 October 2021).