Dear YFU exchange students,

We are very glad to invite you to the Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES) 2021!  This year, from the 11th to the 13th of June 2021, for the second time in a row, the YES will take place online, and will host you: exchange students from all over the world.

About the YES

The Youth Empowerment Seminar is a yearly massive intercultural get-together for YFU exchange students organised by the YFU Global Office, together with over 100 international volunteers. The YES aims to contribute to the development of young global citizens through learning and volunteering together in a spirit of international friendship.

The YES is a unique opportunity to reunite with old friends from all over the world and make new ones, while creating a bridge between your exchange year and your return home. It’s a fun learning experience where you will explore what it means to be a citizen of the world through a diverse range of interactive learning activities. The goal is to empower you all to act as multipliers for understanding and tolerance in the future and strengthen your feeling of being part of a global YFU Community.

What will happen at the YES in 2021?

The topic of the YES 2021 is Raise Your Reasons! The theme will tackle different aspects of polarization, and will encourage you to raise your voice in order to lead a productive discussion and speak up your mind. See the description just below:

In the last couple of years, the distance between people from different walks of life, cultural backgrounds, world views, and opinions has become bigger than ever. The seemingly irreconcilable divides between them leave the world in an exhausting gridlock and chaos.  

At the YES 2021, we want to rediscover how we can lead a considerate and productive discussion on even the hottest topics, inspire action, and encourage community-building beyond our differences. All, so that we could bridge our divides and collectively work towards a better future. 

A question emerges: what is our path forward? Amidst such supercharged issues, how do we develop the skills, attitudes, and tools necessary to foster productive dialogue, in a way that doesn’t feel like a betrayal of our values and identities? How do you raise your reasons without raising your voice.

These are the questions we will tackle during the YES 2021, through a variety of interactive and engaging activities. Together, we will learn how to be the most open-minded and solution-oriented versions of ourselves — as citizens of the world we share. 

By being at the YES 2021, you will participate in exciting workshops which will cover the various aspects of this year’s topic. The workshops will also give you a chance to reflect on the experience and knowledge gained during your exchange. The topics for the workshops are:

  • Leadership and Activism
  • Coloured Glasses
  • Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
  • Music and Protest

Everyday, you will have the opportunity to gather for the Plenary Sessions, a massive performance prepared by the YES Hosts, which will engage you in innovative ways. The shows will include contributions from motivating guest speakers, which aim to inspire you and further widen your perspective on the topic.

By using non-formal education and establishing a creative virtual environment for free thinking, the YES will enable you to develop your awareness and expertise.

When not attending these amazing activities, you will be able to relax and enjoy a variety of free-time activities like participating at a cooking class, joining a yoga session, or just hanging out at the networking area, meeting other YFU Students from all over the world.

Through a variety of educational and free-time activities, the YES 2021 will give you a unique chance to unleash your potential as active citizens and become actors of change and promoters of democracy, while also becoming part of the Global YFU Community.

Photo of a YES volunteer


How to participate?

  • If your sending organisation is listed below AND you are doing your exchange in Europe, you have already paid for the participation at the YES 2021, as it is included in your exchange program – all you have to do is confirm your participation.

You will be asked to put in a password with will be your first and last name all in one word.

ex: name: Camille Le Roy pass: camilleleroy   

Please do not include your middle names. If your password does not work, please contact Camille at

List of organisations that include the YES in the programme:

YFU Belgium Wallonia , YFU Belgium Flanders , YFU Bulgaria , YFU Czech Republic, YFU Denmark, YFU Estonia, YFU Finland, YFU France, YFU Hungary, YFU Norway, YFU Poland, YFU Romania, YFU Spain, YFU Switzerland, YFU Turkey.

  • If your Sending Organisation is not listed above OR you are doing an exchange outside Europe, you are welcome to join the event by paying the participation fee of 50 euro. This fee covers everything: 3 days of engaging activities, workshops, coaching sessions with YFU volunteers, speeches and free-time activities, all prepared by dedicated YFU volunteers from all over the world.

BONUS: this year, you will also receive a YES Package 14 days before the event, containing preparation materials, inspiring content and fun DIY tutorials have fun with before the big days. 

We strive to keep our costs to the minimum, and we will continue our efforts to reduce the fee in the years to come. Thank you for your understanding.

In order to participate, claim your ticket now!

Claim your ticket now

When you sign up for the YES 2021, you commit to the following:

You must attend the full program of the event. This means that you have to actively participate in all of the offered sessions – around 2:30h per day – and that you have to watch the plenaries – around 1:30h per day (either live or recorded).

Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the YES 2021!

For questions in general, please send Andreea an email. For the newest info, follow us on: FacebookInstagram and TikTok.

Excellent reasons to be at the YES 2021

  • Meet with old friends and make new ones: the best way to end your exchange!

At the YES, you will meet with many other students from all around the world who, like you, will soon end their YFU exchange year. You will also have the opportunity to meet and exchange with motivated YFU volunteers. Participating at the Youth Empowerment Seminar is the ideal way to end your exchange year, cope with your transition, and prepare yourself returning home.

  • Learn and explore what it means to be a citizen of the world, while having fun with friends.

Plenaries, workshops and interactive activities are designed by the YES team to help you to explore topics relating to what it means to be an active and responsible citizen of the world. You will also have time to meet new people and hang out with old friends. A fun variety of Free Time Activities, networking, and surprises will happen so that we make sure everyone has enough fun.

  • Create the YFU spirit together as part of a big international team.

The YES is the ideal space to create something special and unique together with around YFUers from all over the world. You will feel part of the international YFU Community and will be inspired to keep this motivation up upon your return back home.