The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has extended the deadline to apply for the 7th edition of its Young Peacebuilders programme in Latin America and the Caribbean (2024), aiming to tackle violent extremism by building inclusive societies with understanding and respect among cultural and religious communities!
- Are you between 18 and 25 years old? (Born on or between September 30, 1998 and December 1, 2005.)
- Are you a citizen of one of the following countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) AND do you currently live in this region?
- Are you interested in participating in an intercultural learning experience with other young people from LAC and improving your actions to promote peace?
- Are you part of a youth-led organization, network, or initiative?
- Do you want to increase your ability to contribute to peace and social inclusion in your community, country, and region?
- Are you in the beginning stages of involvement in this type of work and want to learn more?
If yes, apply now for a chance to be selected for a fully-funded participation in the 7th edition of the UNAOC Young Peacebuilders programme in the LAC region (2024)
The UNAOC Young Peacebuilders is a peace education initiative that is designed to support young people in gaining skills that can enhance their positive role in issues of peace and security and in preventing violent conflict. It also brings visibility to the initiatives, actions and projects initiated by young people towards peace and the promotion of diversity and dialogue. As such, it responds to recent international policy recommendations outlined in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2250, 2535, and 2419 on Youth, Peace and Security and the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism. The 7th edition of the Young Peacebuilders programme in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) 2024 is designed to strengthen the skills of young women and men from the region in tackling stereotypes, prejudice, and xenophobia while providing them with access to regional and global peacebuilding networks and raising the visibility of their innovative and effective peace work in the field. The long-term goal is the integration of young peacebuilders in governmental peace processes/policies.
In order to participate, applicants must commit to completing all phases of the programme, outlined below. Online involvement is part-time, while the workshop is a full-time, one-week experience. Participation in the results-sharing symposium is also mandatory.
During the programme, 20 selected participants will:
- Learn about stereotypes and how to critically analyze them to reduce their prevalence;
- Understand different perspectives in identity-based conflict and gain tools to develop solutions at local, national and regional levels and transform conflicts peacefully;
- Identify push and pull factors creating conditions conducive to violent extremism;
- Develop competencies to use different forms of media or expressive arts as a way to create alternative narratives, reduce polarization and promote social inclusion;
- Learn how to successfully design and run your project.
The application deadline is extended to November 20, 2023, 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (New York).