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Applications Invited for IOC Young Leaders Programme

Applications Invited for IOC Young Leaders Programme

Organization: International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Apply By: 20 Oct 2022

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About the Organization

The International Olympic Committee is the guardian of the Olympic Games and the leader of the Olympic Movement.

A truly global organisation, it acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all Olympic stakeholders, including the athletes, the National Olympic Committees, the International Federations, Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the Worldwide Olympic Partners and Olympic broadcast partners. It also collaborates with public and private authorities including the United Nations and other international organisations. 

About the Fellowship

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that applications are now open for the sixth generation of the IOC Young Leaders programme, supported by Worldwide Olympic Partner Panasonic. The programme aims to support young people in the development and implementation of social projects that use sport to solve issues in their communities.

The IOC Young Leaders programme is delivered over four years to give participants sufficient time to go through the phases of developing a social business/project that provides a localised sport-based solution to a pressing challenge in their respective communities.

Each year of the programme is designed around the development of the young leader and their sport-based social business/project.

Overall, the learning journey encompasses a wide range of subjects and experts, in areas such as human centred-design, prototyping, ecosystem mapping, leadership skills, customer segmentation, public relations, fundraising, impact measurement, user research, user testing, digital communications and finance.

The four-year programme has a blended approach, combining virtual sessions and discussions, community spaces and learning through in-person and networking experiences.

Most of the monthly learning will be online, and will include expert sessions, sharing of practical resources, connect group sessions and self-directed learning activities.

What each IOC Young Leader receives:

  • CHF 10,000 seed-funding delivered over the four years
  • Monthly expert-led workshops and guidance
  • Access to thought-leaders and inspirational figures
  • Exclusive invitation to attend the bi-annual IOC Youth Summit
  • Invitations to attend and speak at global gatherings
  • Networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities
  • Leadership coaching
  • A dedicated team on hand to provide support

Eligibility

We are looking to invest in and work with an exceptional group of young leaders who have the passion to solve local problems through grassroots sport-based initiatives and sustainable social business models.

We aren’t looking for one type of profile but rather a diverse group of young leaders with different backgrounds, perspectives, skillsets, motivations and experiences.

  • You need to be between 20 and 28 years old at the time of the application.
  • You will need to have successfully completed the 4-Week Learning Sprint (Certificate of Participation earned).
  • Through the application process, you will need to submit a plan for a sport-based social business or project, which you will work on if selected as an IOC Young Leader. The proposed plan will need to be based on an existing issue in your community through the lens of the SDGs, and strongly linked to sport-based solutions and the Olympic values.
  • The minimum required education level is high school diploma or equivalent.
  • You need to have at least one year of work experience (internships and part-time jobs count as well).
  • By applying for the IOC Young Leaders Programme, you will be committing to a minimum of three hours per week during the programme, which lasts four years, and must be ready to work on the programme in parallel with your other commitments (i.e. work, studies and sport).
  • You need to be involved in sport at some level.
  • You should have strong interest in the Olympic Movement and the Olympic values.
  • You should be passionate about creating positive change in your community through sport.
  • You should be knowledgeable about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • For the last four points mentioned above, you should be able to demonstrate through your application, how to link them to your suggested project.

How to Apply

The process for selecting the IOC Young Leaders for 2023-2026 consists of two stages: the 4-Week Learning Sprint and the IOC Young Leaders Programme Application Process.

Stage 1:

Completion of the 4-Week Learning Sprint is the first prerequisite for a candidate to be eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme.

Registration for the 4-Week Learning sprint opens on 15 September and closes on 20 October 2022.

The four sessions of the 4-Week Learning Sprint will take place in November: every Tuesday starting on 8 November.

More details will be communicated to those who register.

Stage 2:

After successfully completing the 4-Week Learning Sprint (Certificate of Participation earned), a candidate becomes eligible to apply for the IOC Young Leaders Programme.

The application process opens on 1 December and closes on 31 December 2022.

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