YES 2017: Call for Track Leaders

Overview of your role

The students will register to be part of a specific track during the YES. This means that they will be divided into 5 large groups, each one exploring the YES 2017 topic from a different angle (the so called tracks) within the areas of Arts, Organisation, Media, Diversity or Speech. The Track Leaders (5 for each track) will execute educational activities and ensure that the educational content is delivered effectively to students. If selected, you will receive education in the field of trainings and designing educational activities as well as within your track  in the spring prior to YES 2017.

We expect from you

Deliver coherent, relevant, and engaging educational activities for students in your track. Coordinate effectively with the other 4 Track Leaders and the respective Head of Track, responsible for planning and structuring the activities.

You can expect from us

We promise a seminar where you can learn a lot, meet lots of new people, and get the chance to bound together with the team of volunteers in a great environment.

YES 2017

The Young Europeans’ Seminar (YES) aims to contribute to the development of young global citizens through learning and volunteering together in a spirit of international friendship.
The Young Europeans’ Seminar is a yearly massive intercultural get-together for over 500 European exchange students at the end of their school year, all put together by a team of over 100 YFU volunteers. The YES is a unique opportunity to reunite with old friends from all over Europe and make new ones, creating a bridge between the exchange year and the return home. It’s a fun learning experience where students explore what it means to be a citizen of the world through diverse interactive learning activities. The international team of volunteers creates a unique spirit and an amazingly motivational experience for everyone at the YES.

“Think free. Act free. Be free!” is the topic of the YES 2017. This year we will focus on different aspects of freedom, such as but not limited to freedom of the press, speech, diversity, expression and assembly.
The YES 2017 aims to give participants the chance to explore and (re)discover the possibilities they are given by the freedoms they possess. It encourages the students to make use of their unique experiences and insights to enable positive change around the globe.
The YES 2017 will take place in Werbellinsee (Germany) from 26 to 30 June 2017. It is organised by EEE-YFU together with YFU Estonia and YFU Sweden, with the in-country support of YFU Germany.

What are the Tracks?

The Arts track is all about freedom of expression in culture and arts. Theatre, art, dance etc. could be the focus of this creative track.
The Organisation track will focus on the freedom of association and assembly – to be allowed to organise and meet in groups for a common purpose, e.g. a business, club or other organisation.
The Diversity Track is about the freedom and rights of different minorities and social groups.
The Speech Track focuses on the freedom of speech and the skills of public speaking.
The Media Track is about the freedom of media and its power.

What do you gain?

Participating at the YES as a volunteer is a truly rewarding experience. The seminar lasts for 4 days and there is so much you can gain:

  • Possibility to share your volunteer experience and get to know a lot of new people
  • Increasing skills in facilitating group work and learning processes of peer groups
  • Experience of working with YFU on an international level
  • Passing on the YFU spirit
  • Opportunity to be a part of the biggest YFU event in Europe and have a great time
  • After the YES 2017 all Track Leaders are invited to join the European Trainers Network (ETN)

Your role

You are the core of the educational content at the YES and thus part of the Content Team. You implement educational activities, lead workshops and other sessions, accompany and facilitate the students.
You commit to receiving education in spring of 2017, within your chosen track, of approximately 2 hours a week for 10-12 weeks including on-line meetings. Based on this education, you will deliver educational activities to a group of approximately 30 students, while working closely with the other 4 Track Leaders and with your Head of Track on the track you are working with (Arts, Organisation, Media, Diversity or Speech).
You will ensure that the YES 2017 topic is present in all activities, that activities are well-structured, and that learning outcomes are met. You will stimulate the interest and curiosity of students, help develop their critical thinking, and create opportunities for personal development and self-expression.
Work needs to be done before the YES, so be ready to be involved in preparations quite some months before the event. Together with the Head of Track, the track leaders are responsible for designing the track sessions and the educational content for the students. This combined with the online training course will need both your time and effort.

Your profile

If you wish to be a Track Leader at the YES 2017, you should:

  • be at least 21 years old
  • be fluent in English (German language is an advantage)
  • have a specific competences and/or sound interest in one (or more) of the tracks (Arts, Organisation, Media, Diversity or Speech)
  • have experience with or be comfortable leading educational activities
  • have experience with or be comfortable training and/or facilitating
  • understand the YES vision and YFU core educational mission
  • be creative, inspired, proactive and a team player
  • be organised and able to lead a team of teenagers
  • be member of the European Trainer Network (preferred)
  • have regular internet access and time to work with the team before the YES

The Call for Track Leaders can be downloaded here: YES 2017 Call for Track Leaders
You can apply here.
Extended Deadline: 16 February, 2017.

Questions? Ask Henri at henrilempu@gmail.com  
Content Team Leader, YES 2017