GOAL’s NextGen Youth Programme 2024 for Young People Worldwide

GOAL’s NextGen Youth Programme 2024 for Young People Worldwide – GOAL’s NextGen Youth Programme brings together young people from all over the world to better understand global justice issues and deepen their understanding of Global Citizenship.

This programme will guide young, motivated changemakers to learn about the growing crises facing our world with a focus on conflict, climate, and gender.

Participants will then work together to imagine solutions for the future by creating awareness-raising materials that will feed into GOAL’s public engagement activities.

When will it take place?

The 2024 Programme will consist of 10 sessions that take place online, with 3 sessions in-person for Irish based participants.

GOAL’s NextGen Youth Programme Dates:

Sat May 25 Irish based participants in-person 11-4pm.
Tue May 28 International participants online 3-5pm
Thu June 6 All participants online 3-5pm
Thu June 13 All participants online 3-5pm
Thu June 20 All participants online 3-5pm
Thu June 27 All participants online 3-5pm
Sat & Sun June 29, 30 Irish based participants in person retreat. Time and location TBC.
Thu July 4 All participants online 3-5pm
Thu July 11 All participants online 3-5pm
Thu July 18 Irish based participants in-person 11-3pm. Hybrid meeting with all participants 2-3-pm
Sessions to take place on Thursdays at 3pm Irish Time and Saturdays 11am Irish Time. Dates and times will be confirmed before the start of the programme.

Also Apply: African Union (AU) Internship Program 2024

In order to ensure participation of this global cohort, sessions will take place on Thursdays at 3pm Irish Time (8am Honduras, 2pm Sierra Leone, 4pm Zimbabwe, 5pm Ethiopia & Uganda).

What will I learn?

Over these 10 sessions, participants will work with peers globally to develop skills in critical thinking, intercultural communication, project management, teamwork, and the fundamentals of organising and implementing public awareness campaigns.

By taking part you will be empowered to:

  • Understand the diverse and interconnected nature of our world.
  • Critically interrogate the systems that perpetuate inequalities.
  • Reflect upon your own role and the role of others in tackling local and global challenges.
  • Engage in dialogue with others in a spirit of empathy, inclusivity, solidarity and collaboration.
  • Develop the courage, confidence and resilience to speak out for change.
  • Understand the GOAL’s work and have the opportunity to connect with GOAL staff.

What are we looking for in a candidate?

To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current resident of Ireland, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Uganda, or Zimbabwe.
  • Comfortably fluent in English.
  • Between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Available for 10 seminars between May and July. Sessions will fall on Thursdays and Saturdays (see timeline for actual dates).
  • Be open and willing to engage in teamwork in between seminars.
  • Demonstrate basic/emerging understanding of local and global issues.
  • Show clear initiative and desire to be a part of positive change (this could be demonstrated through volunteering, participation in local events, workshop facilitation, tutoring, creative extra-curricular activities, etc.).
  • Interest in participating in artistic methods of learning (this could be demonstrated through a passion for drama, art, creative writing, journalism, music or any other artistic discipline).
  • Reliable access to a “device” and internet is desired but not essential. If you do not have access to a device, please let us know in your application, and we will endeavour to support your participation.

How do I apply for GOAL’s NextGen Youth Programme 2024

Email nextgenyouth@goal.ie with the subject line Name, Country, NextGen Youth Application by April 1st

In your email let us know if you have access to a phone or laptop
Attach your CV (keep it simple! An outline of your educational background, voluntary and/or professional work is enough) and a 1-page cover letter to address the following points:
Tell us about yourself! Why are you applying for this programme, and why do you think you are a good fit?
What skills do you bring to this programme, and what would you like to gain from it?

OR

Record a short video (1-2 minutes) detailing your educational background, voluntary and/or professional work and addressing,

Why are you applying for this programme, and why do you think you are a good fit?
What skills do you bring to this programme, and what would you like to gain from it?

Closing Date

Applications close on April 1st. Successful applicants will be notified of selection by May 6th. If you are not selected to participate in this year’s cohort, we encourage you to stay in touch with us for other opportunities and to apply again next year.

GOAL’s NextGen Youth Diversity and Inclusion

GOAL is committed to widening participation and achieving equity of access to non-formal Global Citizenship Education for participants from under-represented groups in the sector.

We especially welcome and encourage applications from participants with diverse identities, socio-economically disadvantaged participants, participants with disabilities, participants from ethnic minority backgrounds and participants from any groups facing marginalisation.

Stipend Eligibility

In order to support participation, stipends will be available for all successful participants. Stipends are intended to cover costs of internet and data as well as any travel costs incurred during the programme.

Stipends of €400 for the duration of the programme are available for all successful participants.

For more Information: Visit the website for GOAL’s NextGen Youth Programme 2024