Brave Youth

Brave Youth:

18 June - 13 July 2017This project gathers several young people who participated in previous Brave Kids editions. 

2016 pilot editon participants: Derrick and Mercy from Uganda, Mili from Norway, Khawa from Chechnya, Pema from Nepalu, Adam from Izrael and Ola from Poland.

2017 partecipants: Leo Lau Chung Chak (Hong Kong, Brave Kids 2012), Wong Chau Yi (Helen) (Hong Kong, Brave Kids 2013), Michaela Komarová (Slovakia, Brave Kids 2015), Ali Al-Hasani (Palestine, Brave Kids 2011) 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT This year we had the 2nd edition of Brave Youth, our parallel project Brave Kids' parallel project dedicated to former partecipants. We offer them the opportunity to experience the beauty of Brave Kids one more time. In this way, we hope to give continuity to the learning process that has started with their first partecipation to the prooject. Our plan is to bring back to Poland young people who participated in the Brave Kids project as children and now are young adults supporting their communities through art or with other means, contributing to other people’s growth. They can keep the positive energy of Brave Kids and have a chance for an international experience with peers in an unique artistic environment one more time. It is an opportunity both for Youth and Kids to cultivate discovery, personal growth, leadership, teamwork, and compassion.

In 2017 we invited 4 young people between 17-23 years old, from different countries, to take part in our Brave Youth Project from 17.06.2017 till 14.07.2017.

During the project, Brave Kids participants and Brave Youth are in direct contact in order to inspire each other. We believe that with Youth sharing the example of the work done in their communities, Brave Kids will be inspired to follow a similar path. Brave Youth have the opportunity to be engaged in the artistic activities of Brave Kids alongside professional artistic instructors, working as volunteers, in a process that help them to develop their artistic skills. Staying with Polish host families allows participants of Brave Youth and local families to gain an insight into eachother's cultures and traditions. During the program participants also have chance to present their work in the local communities and to teach their own abilities to local children.

These activities allow young people to enrich their leadership and artistic skills, gain new experience, and serve as examples for their younger peers.  The total length of the project is three and a half weeks. The project took place in Poland and Slovakia, in the cities of Wrocław, Wałbrzych and Košice during the first two weeks (First Stage of Brave Kids) where they stay with one local family. During the second stage of the project in Oborniki Śląskie (small green town 20 km from Wrocław), participants stay with around 150 Brave Kids participants in a common venue (while in the previous editions the second part of the project took place in Krosnice or Zagorze).

COSTS and ELIGIBILITY The project undertakes to cover all costs of accommodation, food and local transport for all participants. The project in general DOES NOT cover the costs for international travel. However in certain cases, according to our recruitment criteria and Youth economical resources, the project can cover the costs of the international travel.

The base recruitment criteria are:

- being 18-23 years old
- having participated in Brave Kids previous edition
- good English skills
- being active in the community and being able to prove it.

We want to encourage diversity, so the priority is given to youth from different groups and countries.

RECRUITMENT PROCEDURE

Application formEach year, the selection goes thorugh an online application, where we ask to fill a form with some background informations and 2 recommendation letters to prove Youth's engagement in the local community). Then a Skype interviews will be arranged with all the applicants that meets our requirements.

CONTACT and InfoFor any additional queries or for further information about the project, please write to: iwona@bravefestival.pl. To know more about Brave Youth partecipants and read what Leo, Chau Yi, Michaela and Ali think about their experience, visit our Brave Kids Blog.