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The  7th Youth Leadership Program in Gwangju, South Korea aimed at empowering young people from disadvantaged areas who currently work or volunteer in the field of sport for development and peace. The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) will work in collaboration with Right To Play and a number of other sport organizations, NGOs and professional clubs. The program will host approximately 30 youth from developing countries. 

The Youth Leadership Program recognizes the potential that youth have to invoke change in their community especially in the field of Sport for Development and Peace.  By helping youth develop their leadership skills in Sport for Development and Peace, this program not only contributes to the personal development of youth but also contributes to community development. By providing opportunities for youth to develop and exercise their leadership skills, the program can strengthen a community’s capacity to build on its strengths and respond to pressing community needs.

Utilizing the power of sport and play, the program will help youth inspire and invoke change in their communities. Throughout the program, youth will receive practical leadership skills and experiences to advance development. When youth return to their communities, they will begin to develop, implement and evaluate their own sport for development and peace programs to address a specific need or development area.  To help youth promote change in their communities, the program will guide youth to:

• reflect on their own perspective and approaches to development
• explore different strategies of using sport as a tool to inspire change in a variety of development areas (mainly addressing the MDGs)
• identify and problem-solve barriers to implementing sport for development and peace programs in their communities 
• share strategies, approaches and best practices in sport for development and peace 
• learn  to advocate for sport for development and peace 
• develop an action plan to develop, implement and evaluate sport for development and peace programs 

Using participatory facilitation techniques, the program will favor an experiential approach to learning. This methodology gives youth a chance to reflect on the lesson at hand, to connect their learning to real-life situations, and to apply their knowledge to their communities. Youth will not only be active participants in their own development but they will also support the growth and development of youth from other countries. Through numerous partner organization presentations, leadership tasks, play-based activities and group discussions youth will also learn to maximize the transformative power of sport and play.

• Thursday 22 August 2013
• Friday 23 August 2013
• Monday 26 August 2013

• Tuesday 27 August 2013
• Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 August 2013
• Friday 30 August 2013
Saturday 31 August 2013
• Sunday 1 September 2013

tbs eFM This Morning
 Alex Jensen
Topic: Youth Leadership Program (YLP)
Ernesto Rebustillo, Regional Training Officer of Right To Play International Chananyou “Bern” Muadmanee from Right To Play Thailand

All PowerPoint Presentations of the 7th Youth Leadership Program are available to download here.

For media inquiries, please contact
Chananyou Muadmanee
Program Officer (Life Skills Development Program)
Right To Play Thailand Foundation
P + 66 (0) 2740 3520 EXT. 117
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