1st Global Youth Leaders Conference

1st Global Youth Leaders Conference – Addressing Poverty as a Threat to Democracy

15th-20th May, 2017

Stockholm, Sweden

Project description
Young people constitute a critical social, economic and political capital in their communities and have great potential, dynamism, resourcefulness, resiliency and aspiration. However, disadvantaged youths globally continue to face a myriad of challenges relating to unemployment, underemployment, lack of skills, lack of relevant education, limited access to capital, and an unmet need for health-related information and services. This situation is even more accentuated among rural youths. In addition, these disadvantaged youths bear the brunt of internal and external crisis, be it those related to financial crisis, food crisis, climate change and human insecurity amongst others.

Such disadvantaged youths are also conscripted into armed struggle, used to settle political scores and are exposed to various negative media that erodes their positive heritage-leading them to delinquency, drug use, and other risky behavior. Furthermore, some of these youths migrate to foreign countries in search of greener pastures, and end up facing exploitation, abuse and social exclusion.

Strong evidence suggests that there is a correlation between democracy, on one hand, and poverty, on the other. As a result of the lack of opportunity to fully develop their potential, many young people gradually shift into a state of hopelessness and lack of motivation to actively participate in decision-making. They do not fully exercise their democratic rights and responsibilities as citizens of their countries in choosing the right leadership or engaging in discussions on public policy issues such as health, unemployment and the economy.

The Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development (OPAD) and its partners have jointly organized a global conference to gather together youth leaders, social workers, government and non-governmental institutions and civil society actors from around the world to discuss challenges relating to poverty and democracy, find creative youth-driven solutions to these challenges, and transfer these solutions to their home countries. OPAD is a community-based non-profit, non-governmental organization working towards the eradication of poverty and promotion of sustainable development.

The focus of the conference will, therefore, be on finding stimulating and innovative techniques for maximizing youths’ participation in the democratic space within the context of addressing poverty as a key contributing factor to successful outcomes. The conference will also provide space for the youths to gain and exercise their competences in leadership, communication and organizational skills.

Goal and aims
The overall goal of the global youth leaders’ conference is to address poverty as a threat to democracy, thus contributing towards accelerating global youth empowerment.

The aim of the conference is to impart new knowledge, skills and techniques to the participants in order to enable them address identified problems. The conference will be delivered using a broad range of methods, and will include presentations of case studies, thematic papers, panel discussions, workshops and side events.
Various approaches will be shared by OPAD and its partners during the conference such as its experiences in modeling youths’ participation in citizenry activities around actions geared towards addressing fundamental youth-related problems within their communities, and mechanisms for bridging the gap between formal, and non-formal and informal learning experiences, among others.

This conference also aims to provide an opportunity for these youth leaders, social workers, government and governmental institutions and civil society to interact with each other, learn about different cultures, communicate better and make new friends.

Learning objectives
1. To deepen the understanding of obstacles and challenges that disadvantaged youths face.
2. To develop youth leaders’ skills and competencies in setting up and managing a business.
3. To increase the youth leaders’ knowledge and awareness of advancements in information and communications technology.
4. To develop the youth leaders’ skills and competencies in participatory peace building.
5. To increase the youth leaders’ knowledge on the role of the youths in governance and democracy.
6. To develop innovative approaches among the youth leaders to promote sustainable environmental use within their communities.
7. To develop new competencies among civil society actors and professionals that work with disadvantaged youths.

Outcomes
The following outcomes are envisaged among the youth leaders participating in the conference as well as other youths through the multiplier effect:

1. Improved entrepreneurial skills, versatility and employability among the youths.
2. Increased confidence among the youths to use their individual strengths, abilities and qualities for their own self-improvement.
3. Increased attitudes of responsibility, enterprise, independence and resourcefulness among young people.
4. Youths feel empowered to actively exercise their civic responsibilities within their communities.
5. Improved understanding of young people’s priorities globally by civil society actors/professionals working with disadvantaged youths.
6. Improved understanding among young people of rich and diverse cultures, thus overcoming prejudices and stereotypes relating not only to people from other countries but also within their respective countries.

Who should attend?
This conference is intended for persons with a background in youth related programming including youth leaders, social workers, government and non-governmental institutions and civil society.

Conference Package:
• Certificate of Participation
• Lunch and Snacks
• CD containing all Conference presentations
• FREE Publication on how to manage a successful microfinance business
• Discounted Air ticket via Africa World Airline:

Visa information for conference attendees traveling to Sweden for the 1st global youth leaders’ conference – addressing poverty as a threat to democracy 15-20 May 2017 in Stockholm Sweden.

GENERAL INFO
For all attendees coming from overseas if you require Visa to enter Sweden, we recommend that you apply now.
We are pleased to provide an invitation letter and according to Swedish Immigration laws the following information will be required. For details please see below.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Quinta Sone, OPAD Conference visa assistance person at visaoffice@opad.eu. We are looking forward to seeing you!
All applications for Swedish visas are approved by the http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Visiting-Sweden/My-page-for-e-visa.html
Please check with your local Swedish consulate or embassy as soon as possible to find out what the earliest date is that you can apply for a visa and to schedule an appointment. http://www.migrationsverket.se/English/Private-individuals/Visiting-Sweden/Visiting-on-business-and-for-conferences.

REPARING TO TRAVEL TO SWEDEN

To assist you in preparing to travel to please review the information at the Swedish migrations board website. Determine what aspects of traveling to Sweden apply to your situation such as whether you need to apply for a visa or whether you are exempt. For a list of the participating countries of the Visitor Visa Exemptions list. Complete the visa application form if needed and follow all instructions listed in the instructions. To download a Swedish Visa application form go to their web page.

REQUEST FOR LETTERS TO SUPPORT VISA APPLICATIONS:

Visa letters will only be issued to attendees who have paid their registration fee in full. The visa letter will state only the following facts: conference title, dates, and location; and that the attendee has paid the registration fee in full. The fee will be returned if your visa is unsuccessful.
We are unable to provide letters for companions and spouses who may be accompanying potential delegates.
The letter will be written by the Director of OPAD and be notarized.
The letter should will then be sent to the person who is invited to Sweden. The applicant must include the letter with his/her application for a visa to attend the conference.
If you need a letter for your visa application, please, contact Frank Kanu OPAD Director. In your email request for visa assistance, please, provide the following information:

• Full name as appears in your passport
• Complete mailing address (including institution name, street, city, state/province, postal code, and country)
• Telephone and fax numbers
• Date of birth

All letters will be sent by email in PDF. If your letter is requested to be send by regular mail or fax, please, also indicate that in your email request.
The letter will include the following information about the person being invited:

• Complete name.
• Date of birth.
• The person’s address and telephone number.
• Our relationship to the person being invited.
• The purpose of the trip and details of the conference – accommodation and length of conference etc.
• Address and telephone number of Director in Sweden.
• Signed by the Director for OPAD.
• Notarized

Dear Delegate,

I write on behalf of The Organization for Poverty Alleviation & Development to inform you that the Early Bird Discount for 1st Global Youth Leaders Conference – Addressing Poverty as a Threat to Democracy

Monday, May 15-20, 2015.

Why don’t you confirm your registration by Monday to enjoy 14-20% Discount?
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