The Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) initiative is a vibrant European network connecting active young people aged between 16 and 26 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, the EU Member States and the UK.
They work together to raise awareness of the EU’s cooperation in the region, help develop youth policies and work together for a better future.
The YEAs initiative was established in June 2016 as part of the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project within the EU’s OPEN Neighbourhood programme.
In 2021, there are hundreds of YEAs in six eastern partner countries, in 27 EU Member States and in the UK representing over 30 different nationalities.
The Young European Ambassadors are students, young professionals and leaders who are volunteering their time to engage in hundreds of activities across the countries and online. Click here to see their PROFILES.
The YEAs initiative offers volunteering, career building and young leadership opportunities to its network members. They contribute to and take part in:
Being a Young European Ambassador you will have the opportunity to meet new, like-minded young people and develop your personal skills. You will get to know other young people from your and other countries who share same ideas and interests as you. You will travel across the country and socialise with other people about the European Union, its partnership with your country and the opportunities it offers. All of this will help you to improve your teamwork, problem-solving, leadership and people skills. These are important soft skills to have for your future careers!
By being active in your community, you will get the chance to show your friends, your family and your country what kind of community you would like to live in. You will be able to empower the people around you and have an impact on their lives!
In the end, and most important of all, being a Young European Ambassador gives you the chance to make friends, to share your knowledge and experiences, or simply to discover yourself and the world around you!
The ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative is voluntary and you will not be remunerated.
The costs for the organisation of YEAs activities are covered by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project. This includes, for example, organisation of visits to schools and universities to have interactive workshops; environmental actions, like planting trees; participation in international events abroad, and many others.
You can apply if you:
To apply, send us an Expression of Interest by FILLING A SHORT FORM HERE.
Once received, our Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinators will get in touch with you and advise you of the next steps.
In general, the application process is simple and consists of completing an expression of interest form, participating actively in YEAs activities and an induction session for the YEAs candidates, taking a short quiz, filling in the application package and liaising with the Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinator.
We accept new applicants four times a year, at the end of each quarter, but you can already be busy during your time as a candidate.
In order to become a Young European Ambassador, you need to follow a process. The first phase is to express your interest in becoming a Young European Ambassador. Shortly after, the Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinator will contact you. Then you will have to participate actively in YEAs activities and an induction session for the YEAs candidates, take a short quiz, fill in the application package, and liaise with the Young European Ambassadors in-Country Coordinator. The final phase represents the nomination step. In this phase, besides the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project assessment, your candidacy will be analysed and approved by several stakeholders such as the EU Delegation to your country and the European Commission. The process might seem to take a bit of time but it is easier than it sounds!
New YEAs candidates will be approved four times a year, at the end of each quarter. The length of your personal application process depends on your progress as well as what time in the year you applied. It can take from one month to three months maximum.
There are 64 Young European Ambassadors in Ukraine. Click here to meet them.
To date the YEAs in Ukraine organised and participated in over 100 civic engagement activities. For example, Ukrainian YEAs recently carried out a series of webinars together with the EU Delegation to Ukraine discussing youth opportunities in the EU and the Eastern Partnership policy. The events welcomed more than 150 Ukrainians from all over the country and provided a great platform for discussion of EU-Ukraine issues with prominent experts in these fields.
Other activities focused on:
You can see them IN ACTION here.
YES! Even if you are not a Young European Ambassador, you can participate in events organised by the YEAs! Are you interested? If yes, here is how you can stay up to date:
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