Friday, February 1, 2019

Youth, Peace, and Security Leadership (YPS) at Columbia University, New York

The Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) project at Columbia University is pleased to announce the YPS Leadership program, 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 program will: develop rigor in youth, peace, and security leadership 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 program 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.

Selected youth leaders will spend two weeks in New York City, June 3–14, 2019. There will be classes, workshops, visits to the UN, and more. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

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  • This offering has no fee. All accepted applicants will be sponsored.
  • All costs related to the offering, including lodging and meals throughout the two weeks at Columbia University, will be covered. Flight/transportation to/from the program and visa application fees are not covered.

What You Will Learn 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
  • Increase communicative behaviors and skills for increasing effectiveness as leaders
  • Clarify the important role of youth in maintaining peace and security
  • Design and implement a YPS project with their organization 

Interested candidates are asked to submit their applications as soon as possible or by noon (EST) on Friday, February 15, 2019 in order to be considered.
  • Applicants should be youth/community leaders and practitioners interested in linking their work to tools, research and practice in related fields that will elevate and amplify their work.
  • Applicants must also be sponsored and supported by a local CBO/NGO, submit a project idea for review, be fluent in English and able to commit to the two-week engagement of the program. 

How to Apply:
  • Complete the application and submit two recommendation letters
  • The program office will review your information to ensure it meets our admission criteria and contact you with the decision
  • Upon acceptance into the program, participants will receive specific program information approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the program date
  • Visa Information
    If you require a visa, you may qualify for a B1 business visa. Note: Some embassies may ask that you apply for a student visa, but because this program is non-degree, professional development and participants are visiting the US on business, you may want to request the B1 visa.
    U.S. State Department guidelines for the B1 visa may be found on the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website. SPS complies with those guidelines as well as the University policy that prohibits a University representative or its designee to contact the consulate or embassy directly on behalf of a participant. However, once you have been accepted into the program, SPS will provide you with a standard letter to present to the embassy or consulate if needed. If you would like to request this letter, please contact us.

15 February 2019