The Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) initiative is a non-political, voluntary, vibrant communication network connecting and building bridges of friendship among young people from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the EU Member States and the United Kingdom. The aim of the network is to raise awareness about the EU’s cooperation with its Eastern partner countries, showcase the tangible results of this cooperation, contribute to policy dialogue on various topics, help increase civic activism and work together for a better future.
The YEAs initiative was established in June 2016 as part of the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project and has involved more than 1,700 young people from over 30 different countries to date.
The Young European Ambassadors are students, young professionals and community activists 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 and professional competences. You will get to know other young people from your and other countries who share the same ideas and interests as you. You will travel across the country and interact 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 competences in the fields of teamwork, project planning and implementation, event management, presentation and public speaking, languages and communication, content creation , to name but a few. These are important soft skills to have for your future careers!
You will also benefit from a dynamic and inclusive support system, including:
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 (e.g. planting trees, cleaning up the area, etc.), participation in international events abroad, and many others.
You can apply if you:
Yes, you can. Due to the recent political situation, YEAs from Belarus are not active on the territory of Belarus, but young Belarusians living in the EU can join the network wherever they are now living in Europe, and Belarusian YEAs have been active in organising awareness-raising activities about Belarus in the EU. For example, in April 2023, Belarusian YEAs, together with the YEAs from the EU, organised a conference with Belarusian diaspora in Warsaw, with the aim of informing Belarusian youth on the EU’s support to civil society.
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 through the annual call for applications. After the call for applications is closed, there are few more steps to follow, which require further input from the candidates. Selected candidates will be invited to an interview, afterwards, candidates who successfully pass the interview will be invited to provide additional information (e.g. provide a profile photo, sign consent form, develop a description for the website profile, etc.), and as a final step, their profiles will be sent for further approval (to the official stakeholders). The process from the date when the call for applications is closed until the final results takes approximately eight weeks. It might seem to take a bit of time but it’s easier than it sounds!
There are 109 Young European Ambassadors in the EU Member States and the UK. Click here to meet them.
The Young European Ambassadors from the EU Member States and the UK can help the YEAs in the Eastern partner countries to explain what the EU means, what it does and what everyday life in the EU is like – sometimes joining up with the YEAs in the Eastern partner countries for local awareness-raising activities.
In May 2023, as part of European Youth Event 2023, 10 Young European Ambassadors from the EU Member States joined other YEAs from the Eastern partner countries for three days of events in Strasbourg, joining more than 8,000 young people from all over Europe. Over the three days, the Young European Ambassadors (18 in total) worked together to discover what the Council of Europe is doing with young people, and learn more about various youth work related practices from youth organisations and institutions from all over Europe. YEAs participated in the panel discussions, hosted workshops and quizzes, attended various sessions and networked with their peers.
To date, more than 150 EU and cross-regional activities have been organised involving YEAs from EU member states.
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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This website is managed by the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme for the Eastern Neighbourhood ('EU NEIGHBOURS east’), which complements and supports the communication of the Delegations of the European Union in the Eastern partner countries, and works under the guidance of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and the European External Action Service. EU NEIGHBOURS east is implemented by a B&S Europe-led consortium. It is part of the larger Neighbourhood Communication Programme (2020-2024) for the EU's Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood, which also includes 'EU NEIGHBOURS south’ project that runs the EU Neighbours portal.