“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
Bill Gates

Great leaders are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and find ways to lead from their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. Great leaders think, speak and act according to a leadership story.

Purpose:

to provide participants with the inspiration, connections, and tools needed to initiate and implement socially conscious projects. Participants will come away from the 12 days summer school with clear and implementable project plans.

This program is  designed to be partly a school/partly retreat,  meaning that participants  will not only come away with functional tools for project design and implementation, but will gain support or/and inspiration for the journey  of  creating  and  implementing  socially   conscious  projects  in  the  non-profit world.

The program is funded by ERASMUS+ program

Therefore, participation is free of charge for participants coming from Armenia, Lithuania, Sweden and Turkey. We are looking for 5 participants from each country. Travel costs will be reimbursed after the participation in the summer school. All the practical details will be communicated to the selected participants.

We can accept up to 10 participants from other countries, however, you would need to pay 600 EUR participation fee which includes accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), local transporation and other costs related to the training course. The fee without accommodation is 270 EUR (includes food and local transporation).

We care about sustainability. Therefore, during the project we will provide only vegetarian or vegan meals and use buses, bikes or trains as a means of local transportation.

The CV and the motivation letter (indicating the country of residence) should be send to the following email:

summerschool@y2yinitiative.org

Download the schedule

TRAINERS

Dr Iman Bibars
Dr Iman Bibars
A visionary for social entrepreneurship and a pioneer of women-led and gender-focused development initiatives for over 30 years, Iman Bibars is the Vice President and Global Diaspora Leader of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and the Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World.

A staunch advocate of women’s rights, Bibars is a co-Founder and the current Chairperson of the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), a leading Egyptian CSO that provides credit, legal aid and empowerment through advocacy efforts for impoverished women. Bibars consistently focuses her efforts on systematically changing the social and ideological conditions that prevent women from enjoying equal opportunities to men.

A specialist on the theory and practice of social innovation, Bibars holds a PhD in Development Studies from Sussex University and a BA and MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. She was a Peace Fellow at Georgetown University and a Parvin Fellow at Princeton University.

Bibars’ diverse experience encompasses strategic planning, project design, skills provision, impact assessment, advocacy and communication. She is a highly sought-after freelance trainer and consultant, a published writer, an academic and a speaker at prominent national and international conferences on social entrepreneurship, gender and youth.

Saida Ibrahimava
Saida Ibrahimava
Saida Ibrahimava has more than ten years of successful experience in the nonprofitt sector and more than five years of working experience for governmental institutions. She has implemented more than twenty projects in the sphere of social inclusion, youth development, education, sport and volunteer movements. She has earned a Masters of Arts in International Economy and Politics from Charles University in Prague.
She is an UNAOC Fellowship alumna, One Young World Coordinating Ambassador and a trainer on the topic of extremism and deradicationation, project management and branding.

She has a strong passion for sustainable education, design, creative photography, dance and art.

Karolina Mazetyte
Karolina Mazetyte
Karolina is a meditation and mindfulness teacher, the Co-founder of oInternational Youth to Youth Initiative which empowers youth to develop their ideas. She founded Malmo Meditation where she is looking at the well-being at work. Together with the knowledge from the Master in Leadership for Sustainability which she is finishing in 2017, she wants to consult business and public sector in creating a well-being strategy at work which would incorporate mindfulness, happiness, sustainability elements.
Jens Rinnelt
Jens Rinnelt
Jens’ beliefs about the business world were fundamentally challenged when he made his first work experiences. He learned how impersonal, inefficient and profit-oriented the way we work is. Wondering if that should be the status quo, he started looking for alternative ways of doing business. As a result he founded HumanBusiness with the idea to put the human into the center of all business activities. Jens now helps individuals and organizations to realize their full potential by making the way we work human.
Christina Sciabarra
Christina Sciabarra
Christina Sciabarra is an Associate Director in the RISE Learning
Learning Institute at Bellevue College where she focuses on experiential
learning, STEM education and women’s economic advancement. She is a
Political Science PhD candidate in the School of Government and Public
Policy at the University of Arizona and teaches international relations
at Bellevue College. Her research interests include post-conflict
reconstruction, conflict resolution, and peace-building strategies. She
has a B.S. in History from the United States Naval Academy, B.A. in
Russian from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. in Diplomacy from
Norwich University. Christina is dedicated to connecting, informing, and
inspiring individuals to achieve peace and cultural understanding
through collaboration and dialogue. She has facilitated a number of
video dialogues between students in the U.S. and Afghanistan as well as
hosted a number of educational and artistic events.
Martina Bacúrová
Martina Bacúrová
I am a facilitator and trainer focusing on team development and participatory planning.

My main professional interests are health and organizational psychology, more specifically positive factors in the workspace, such as sense of good leadership, acknowledgement, influence and support.
I am experienced in offering trainings and group-coaching sessions focused on defining team visions, roles and processes in teams and team members´ engagement.

My vision is to work with multidisciplinary groups and by using facilitation and training tools increase their effectivity, enforce their knowledge-sharing and turn the work into an enjoyable and meaningful activity.

Eva Medina
Eva Medina
Always guided by a huge curiosity in human beings and culture. Eva studied Audiovisual Communication in Madrid and, after working in the field of photojournalism and creativity, She finally focused on the social field and have participated in many european programmes, such as Erasmus, EVS, Youth exchanges or Workcamps, that luckily led her to experience interculturality. Actually, the bulk of her personal work explores diversity and the differents ways of seeing the world; and she feels really granted that she can participate, once more, in this kind of project.
Marco Valente
Marco Valente
Marco Valente is a consultant, teacher, and facilitator based in Sweden, and works at the intersection between development of leadership capabilities and strategic sustainability. He is passionate about heightening the collective intelligence of the teams and make them more able to solve complex problems such as sustainability challenges in generative ways. He is a former pedagogy faculty at the Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) in Karlskrona.
Robert Lindberg
Robert Lindberg
Robert Lindberg is a writer and speaker for the social norm awareness project Sustainable Personality. He is a published writer of fiction and non fiction. Sustainable Personality focuses on Gender equality, collaboration and emotional intelligence as the foundation of the project. He has written for the RSA and several other blogs. Sustainable Personality has been reviewed by an education journal and invited as a guest speaker in colleges. Robert would like to see the core topics of Sustainable Personality taught in schools and homes.
Yasir Syed
Yasir Syed
Founder and director of the foundation Culture Clash4U- The Netherlands

Everything that happens in the universe has an impact on every thing in this world, and every action of every single individual in this world has an impact on the whole universe. This principle has always been part of my DNA as a change maker. I have been a social entrepreneur and social innovator now for more than 15 years and have devoted my life in translating global challenges into local actions around the globe. Besides my own foundation, Culture Clash4U, which has been very active in youth work, gender equality, talent development and human rights education in the Netherlands and across Europe for almost 12 years, I also have initiated several civil actions and social enterprises in almost 60 countries. Yet I feel that we have barely scratched the surface and lot of works needs to be done. I truly believe that in order to make significant change, we need to reconnect our energies. And as energy cannot be created nor destroyed merely transformed from one form into another, why not try to convert this collective energy into a form from which we all benefit? That’s the mission of my life.

Usama Tauqeer
Usama Tauqeer
This young man has earned many feathers on his hat in a very young age. 24; a Software Engineering graduate from the prestigious NUST – Islamabad, Pakistan, a serial entrepreneur, a humble philanthropist and a cutting edge designer; he has turned heads on an international spectrum. Currently, he is the CEO and founder of AClan aka AlooClan (a 4 years old services oriented startup based entirely on a student empowering model which ranked among the top startups of Pakistan in the past years), operates a philanthropy venture, YourHundred, mentors the entrepreneurs-to-be at various conferences and is the core team member of Pakistan’s pioneer Tech Incubator, Plan9. He was nominated as the “Top 25 under 25 of Pakistan for the year 2014” by an independent research conducted by a very prominent news entity, TechJuice. He has also served at the position of Vice President, External relations and Strategies in a British Startup, WA; and won the Best Innovation Award by National Academy of Young scientists, 5 years back. He was invited as an emerging youth tech leader, in Youth Technology Camp 2015, cohosted by, Pak US Alumni Network, US Embassy, and Global entrepreneurs Network (GEN). He is a mentor cum trainer for Herself, A women empowering initiative Punjab information Technology board and for WomenX, yet another women empowering initiative backed by World Bank. In 2015 he was invited by the Government of Kerala, India in order to represent AlooClan and Pakistan because of his cross border initiatives. He represented Pakistani Young Leaders in South Asian Youth conference SAYC’15, which was held in Srilanka & was a part of Pakistani delegation to Startup Istanbul’16, held in Turkey. Recently, he also got appointed as the CCO of Asia Pacific Youth Organization; a Melbourne, Australia based Social enterprise & selected as the Community lead for Facebook Dev Circles: Pakistan, among 12 global community leads. FbDevCircles is a pilot program from Facebook, commenced in 6 countries worldwide initially (including Pakistan).