Calling all passionate and inspiring youth

Calling all passionate and inspiring youth

Calling all youth -- that is, those who will be  between the ages of  18 and 23 in late July of this year -- are you inspiring and visionary?  Are you passionate about creating postive social change?  Read on: if you make an exceptional presentation in a two-minute video, and fill in the required application form,  you could be chosen for an all-expense paid trip to Switzerland to gain the skills necessary to catalyze positive social change.  The application promo promises that those chosen will gain "a platform to engage world leaders."  In addition, it notes that participants "are also eligible to apply for financial support to get their projects off the ground."

Only 60 people will be chosen.  Could you be among them?

To find out, you must submit an application, including that 2-minute video, by January 31.  There is a $35 (US) fee to apply.  The video must describe "your efforts to bring about a positive change in your communities and about your ambitions."

If chosen, you will have the opportunity to learn about campaigning, fundraising, public relations, project pitching and more.  

Click here to learn more and apply now for the 2017 Global Youth Summit.

The invitation to apply states, "We will invite the strongest candidates to participate at the Summit, assessing their track record of advocacy, campaigning, social entrepreneurship, community activism and volunteerism, whilst ensuring geographical and gender representation."

It goes on, "We suggest you prepare by reading these guidelines for your video and making sure you have a PayPal account or credit card ready to be able to pay the 35 USD  application administration fee."

Who will be chosen?

"We are looking for the most inspiring young social entrepreneurs, community activists, advocates and campaigners from across the globe. Participants must be between 18 and 23 years of age on the dates of the summit."

What do you need to do?

"You will need to pay for your application fee (please make sure to copy your transaction number and paste it on the online application form), do a 2 minute application video (you can read the video instructions here)  and fill in an online application form  . You can prepare your written application form using this PDF as a reference and copy- paste your answers directly to the form.

What does the program cover in terms of expenses?

"If you are selected, your flight (from your country’s main airport), board and lodging costs will be covered for the duration of the summit.  Additional personal expenses, as well as visas to enter Switzerland (for those who require one) will not be covered."

If you have more questions:

"If you have any questions you can send us a message on Facebook, but do make sure you have properly read the instructions above." 

The application deadline is Tuesday January 31, 6 p.m. Central European Time.  That translates to 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time on January 31.  To be on the safe side, better apply by the end of January 30.

The Youth Summit is supported by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

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