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.