The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) project at Columbia University is pleased to announce the launch of the YPS Leadership Certificate. The Certificate is designed to advance the work of youth leaders around the world by creating joint efforts between practitioners on the ground, and research, theory and practice from the academy. This will: develop rigor in youth, peace and security efforts to increase effectiveness; build on local knowledge and experience to apply globally; enhance practice by grounding it in theory in areas related to YPS; connect global, regional and local networks via our global engagement partners; and support the implementation of the YPS global agenda. The Certificate recognizes advances in the field and work already being done within the YPS realm, while at the same time supporting practitioners by linking their work to tools, research and practice in related fields that will elevate and amplify their work.
Throughout the program, participants will:
- learn the foundations of YPS;
- discuss implications of the YPS agenda toward a sustainable and peaceful future;
- enhance their knowledge of the concepts, theory and skills behind conflict resolution, problem-solving and intervention practices and skills;
- enhance communicative behaviors and skills for increasing effectiveness as leaders;
- clarify (and embody) the important role of youth in maintaining peace and security; and
- design and implement a YPS project with their organization.
Selected youth leaders will spend two weeks in NYC at the Columbia University campus, from June 3-14, 2019. There will be classes, workshops, visits to the UN, and more.
Youth leaders will then return to their organizations and implement the project they designed and developed during these two weeks. Each youth leader will then receive ongoing coaching for six months to support the implementation of their project
For more information and to review the qualifications, see the YPS Call for Applications document (coming soon!).