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Youth training

You, your youth group or association, are hereby invited to participate in the annual Youth training, where you will develop skills that can be used to create Sustainable Communities across the Nordic countries.

Maybe you already have an idea for an activity, that can be used to promote sustainability? Maybe you only lack a partnering organisation from another country? Or, perhaps you do not have a complete idea, but are excited to participate in the creation of Sustainable Communities for Nordic youth, across borders? Either way, you are welcome to participate in the Youth training!

The Youth training will take place over a weekend at the Youth Island, Copenhagen. During the training, you will follow one of two Tracks to learn more about how to build Sustainable Communities in the Nordics. The training will offer lectures, workshops, discussions and much more, to make sure you leave the Youth training with the best possible opportunities to create fun activities! You can read more about the Tacks, and pick which one interests you the most, below.

At the training, you will get help to plan activities, practical help with applying for the pool and meet young people from all the Nordic countries. Some of these new relationships can also become future partners, for activities which you may apply funding for from the pool. Apply to the youth training to attend a great weekend at the Youth Island in Denmark!

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Track no 1: The SDG Track – a world of opportunities

On ‘The SDG Track – a world of opportunities’, you and other young people from the Nordic region will get the opportunity to learn about and create activities based on the world’s most important plan, more commonly known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This track is for all of you who are interested in the sustainability – from climate change, gender equality and democracy to health, life below water and quality education.

What are the SDGs?

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in the United Nations (UN) in 2015 by 193 UN member states as a part of Agenda 2030. Put simply, the aim of Agenda 2030 and the 17 SDGs is to transform our world. Not just in any direction, obviously, but in a way that makes our world a more sustainable and resilient one. In other words, SDGs aim to transform our world to achieve better future for both people and the planet. This is formulated by the 17 goals and 169 targets (sub-goals), which aim to solve the major problems of our world by 2030. This includes ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. And much more.

What will you learn?

On this track you will:

  • Learn a lot about the SDGs – the 17 goals and the 169 targets –, including the history behind and the status on achieving sustainable development anno 2020
  • Get inspiration from other youth actors on how to work with SDGs and sustainability in volunteer activities
  • Try out a range of practical tools, exercises, and skills to help you and your peers use the SDGs as a foundation for creating new, engaging, and fun activities for other young people
  • Meet a lot of other young people from the Nordic region who, like you, are interested in the SDGs – and you might even find good peers to create cross-Nordic SDG activities with

What will happen after the youth training?

This track is a steppingstone for you and your peers to develop activities related to one single goal or several of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Following the youth training, there will be a call for applications to the project’s pool, where you and your peers can apply for funding to the new SDG activity, you have created.

Where and when?

In 2020, the youth training will take place on Ungdomsøen (the Youth Island) from the 4th to the 6th of September. The Youth Island is an island just off Copenhagen and was previously a military fortress. Today it is an island dedicated to young people!
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Track no 2: The Community Track – a better world together

On ‘The Community track’, you and other young people from the Nordic region will get the opportunity to learn about and create activities based on different approaches to building sustainable youth communities.

This track is for all of you who are interested in youth communities – from promoting inclusion, diversity, and togetherness in youth communities to preventing loneliness and mal-being among youth in society.

What are sustainable youth communities?

A youth community can come in all forms and shapes – a youth organization, a school class, a virtual network, a scouting club, a local youth project. It is a space where young people meet, interact, make friends, gather around collective interests, and go through aspects of life. Together. A sustainable community is a community that survives and thrives – both as a collective and for each of the young people who are a part of it. We can help our communities to stay strong and healthy in a lot of ways; many of those include promoting togetherness, inclusion, diversity, and preventing loneliness among young people – both in and outside of our existing communities.

What will you learn?

On this track you will:

  • Learn a lot about different approaches to community building, including theoretical insights on sustainable communities and practical experience from Nordic youth communities
  • Get inspiration from other youth actors on how to work with community building, inclusion, diversity, loneliness prevention in volunteer activities
  • Try out a range of practical tools, exercises, and skills to help you and your peers use community building approaches as a foundation for creating new, engaging, and fun activities for other young people
  • Meet a lot of other young people from the Nordic region who, like you, are interested in creating sustainable youth communities – and you might even find good peers to create cross-Nordic activities with

What will happen after the youth training?

The Community Track is a steppingstone for you and your peers to develop activities related to community building, inclusion, diversity and/or loneliness prevention. Following the youth training, there will be a call for applications to the project's pool, where you and your peers can apply for funding to the new community activity, you have created.
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Who can participate?

Young people between 16 and 30 years of age from all over the Nordic countries can participate. You can either be part of a self-organised youth group, a youth association, as a single individual or together with a friend. It's great if you have an idea already, but it is not a requirement to attend the training.

How do I apply?

Below, you will find an overview of which organization to apply for depending on which country you come from:

Denmark, Greenland and Faroe Islands: DUF - Dansk Ungdoms Fællesråd

If you are from Faroe Islands, Greenland or Denmark, apply here.

Norway: LNU - Landsrådet for Norges barne- og ungdomsorganisasjoner

If you are from Norway, apply here.

Sweden: LSU - Landsrådet för Sveriges ungdomsorganisationer

If you are from Sweden, apply here.

Iceland: LUF - Landssamband ungmennafélaga

Finland and Åland: Allianssi

If you are from Finland or Åland, apply here (Finnish) or here (Swedish).