From 1-21 August The British Council is accepting applications from people all over the world ages 16-19 to become Global Changemakers at the Fourth Annual Global Youth Summit, which will take place in the United Kingdom, November 15-21.
A Global Changemaker, according to the British Council program, is a
“young activist operating through a range of national and international networks, who is able to influence his or her community as well as speak to authority with confidence and passion. Changemakers are not afraid to challenge either accepted ways of thinking or their convictions. Changemakers are forward looking, they take their ideas and put them into practice. A Changemaker accepts difference, is flexible, is able to take on new ideas and skills and will communicate them to others.”
The Summit will bring together 60 new Global Changemakers (aged 16-19) to “build their knowledge of key global issues, build their skills in project management, fundraising, media, research and monitoring and evaluation, and launch community action projects.” (Read more on the Global Changemakers site.)
At the end of the week, six members of the new group of Global Changemakers will be chosen to represent the group at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2010.
- Complete the online application form
- Send in an application video on YouTube (or a different filesharing service – see the instructions)
You can check out the questions on the application form here.
According to the Global Changemakers blog, successful applicants:
- Are committed to bringing about positive change in their communities
- Have a significant track record of community activism, social entrepreneurship or volunteer work
- Will be between 16 and 19 years old in November 2009
- Can communicate reasonably well in English (the event will be held in English)
- Are free to attend the Global Youth Summit in the United Kingdom November 15-21, as well as the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 27-31, 2010, if selected
Check out this video of some older Changemakers:
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Read more about the British Council.