The Generation Next Youth Leadership Initiative combines leadership training and community engagement with exposure to best practices in working with refugee and immigrant communities with the goal of bringing new perspectives to local, national, and global integration issues.
This will be done by introducing emerging leaders to effective design and implementation of community-based activities that help grow a ‘whole community ecosystem,’ one that draws in diverse representation to build communities which welcome and foster equal opportunities for all residents. The program will select and guide a corps of young leaders to collaborate, develop and implement action plans that bring communities together to address integration of immigrant and refugees by developing long-term transatlantic networks.
One hundred emerging leaders will be selected to convene in Vienna to take part in a two-day leadership skills development training. Participants in this training will be eligible to interview to become one of 18 Leaders of Gen Next who will be chosen to participate in the U.S. Leadership Training.
Virtual collaboration will take place over 2.5 months for the Leaders of Gen Next to become oriented to immigrant and refugee integration issues, responses and best practices in Austria and the United States, as well as American culture and history of civic engagement.
In July participants will have opportunities to demonstrate and fine-tune their skills through intensive leadership training in the United States through, site visits, seminars and community service activities with organizations and institutions in four U.S. cities: Baltimore, Des Moines, and San Diego, and Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Leadership Training will introduce participants to diversity in America, and ways in which immigrant communities are integrated into cities. Participants will conclude their training with a capstone in Washington, D.C. where they will shadow organizations implementing projects which support integration of refugees and immigrants into the community. During this time, they will design their action plan for a post-program project, and to work toward continued collaboration with the host organization.
In collaboration with the U.S. organization at which they shadowed, participants will work in groups of two to design and implement education and service projects that highlight the learning that took place over the course of the program. All Leaders of Gen Next and representatives from their organizations will meet in Vienna for first Generation Next Youth Leadership Congress to report on the outcome of their projects, reconnect with peers and mentors, and develop new networks and opportunities for cooperation with other Austrian young leaders and organizations.
The U.S. Embassy in Austria will together recruit 100 rising Austrian leaders committed to increasing mutual respect and tolerance for cultural differences to bring about sustainable change on the local, national, European, and global level.
If you are a committed young Austrian leader with ideas that could bring new perspectives to refugee and immigration integration at the local, national and global level, please consider applying to this program. Application will close promptly on 10 February 2017 at 23:59 (Eastern Standard Time).
A complete application packet includes:
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