Call For Application: Columbia University Youth Peace Security Leadership Program

Columbia University Youth Peace Security Leadership Program

Columbia University Youth Peace Security Leadership Program

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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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

Admission Requirements

  • Have demonstrated leadership in their efforts to work on behalf of youth initiatives;
  • Have some aspect of their work related to the theme of youth, peace and security;
  • Are available to travel to Columbia University in New York City for the two-week program to be held June 3-14, 2019;
  • Are available to work with a local organization in their city for the following six months through December 2019 on a project they plan during the two weeks in NYC;
  • Are 18 -28 years of age;
  • Are proficient in English

Students will spend two weeks in New York City (June 3-14, 2019) focused on designing and developing your project. Sessions will run 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and include meals and breaks. Youth leaders will return to their organizations and implement the project they designed and developed and receive ongoing coaching for six months to support the implementation of their project.

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Sessions are taught by Columbia University faculty for the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program who have deep expertise and knowledge of the subject matter and the experience of teaching senior professionals at the graduate level.

To Apply

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Application Process

  1. Complete the application and submit two recommendation letters
  2. The program office will review your information to ensure it meets our admission criteria and contact you with the decision
  3. Upon acceptance into the program, participants will receive specific program information approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the program date

Application Deadline

Applications are due by 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, February 15, 2019.

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.

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