The EU is partnering with young people in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries to raise awareness of the EU’s cooperation in the region, help develop youth policies and work together for a better future.

The Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) initiative is a vibrant European network established for that purpose, connecting active young people in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and in the EU Member States.

The YEAs foster youth cooperation in their local communities and talk about EU topics that matter. They are peer role models, they share their voice, build mutual understanding and help shape the views on the EU and its relations with the eastern neighbourhood.

The YEAs initiative was established in June 2016 as part of the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project within the EU’s OPEN Neighbourhood programme.


Meet our ambassadors

In 2020, there are more than 700 YEAs in six eastern partner countries, in 27 EU Member States and in the UK representing over 34 different nationalities.

Meet our Young European Ambassadors: students, young professionals and leaders who are volunteering their time to engage in hundreds of activities across the countries and online.

Alina Maria Dumitru

Alina Maria Dumitru

Enrico Izzo

Enrico Izzo

Young professional (Project Management and Administrative Affairs)
Giada Gavasso

Giada Gavasso

Mike Hakobyan

Mike Hakobyan

Young professional (UI/UX Designer)
Sophia Anders

Sophia Anders

Tatevik  Khodedanyan

Tatevik Khodedanyan

I am a young professional
Zhanna Sirkovych

Zhanna Sirkovych

What do they do?

The YEAs initiative offers volunteering, career building and young leadership opportunities to its network members.

EU events

YEAs contribute to policy discussions by participating in a variety of EU events, including European youth forums, Eastern Partnership conferences, EU study trips and seminars across the region and in the EU Member States.

Expert trainings

All active YEAs can participate in regular training sessions online, to learn about key EU topics straight from the experts that deal with these issues on a daily basis, including EU officials, diplomats, journalists, representatives of civil society and companies. The trainings are aimed at building YEAs capacity to understand the EU cooperation better and hone practical skills that can be later used in their own voluntary work.

Click here to learn more about RECENT AND UPCOMING EXPERT TRAININGS

YEAs trainings

As part of their activities, YEAs themselves can become trainers, mentors or advisers within the initiative so they are able to transfer their knowledge and experience to their peers. Be it an Erasmus+ experience, or EU project job, or taking part of EU cooperation in any other way, the YEAs are the best people to talk about their own experiences.

Community events and active engagement online

However, the initiative is mostly built around YEA’s own ideas and actions that address different key issues linked with the EU in their communities. Talks, workshops, ideathons, pub quizzes, meetings, school visits, fairs, Europe Days or Instagram live debates, online bingos, social media campaigns, vlogs, takeovers and much more - these are just some of the examples of the close to 500 activities that the YEAs have carried out throughout the years.

Browse a full LIST OF ACTIVITIES here below to see what the YEAs have been up to:

Read their stories

Our YEAs come from diverse backgrounds and speak for themselves.


Tsalka, Georgia

A Green Future for Tsalka

The world faces an extraordinary challenge: climate change, which is accelerated by human activity, and which questions our future if we keep living and developing in the way we do. To stop climate…
Luka Chlaidze 15 January 2021
Covid pandemic and youth

Youth Policies & COVID-19

COVID pandemic influences every aspect of our lives. It resulted in young people facing problems with employment, mobility, and exercise of some other human rights. In this article, I will discuss…
Viktoriia Onykiienko 29 October 2020
Event in Helsinki

Media Literacy - Young European Ambassador's Perspective

As numerous high tech information solutions and media products have become widely available, one might have thought that humans would become choosier in the media content they consume; that they…
Esma Gumberidze 27 October 2020

Connect on Facebook

Are you interested in what is new, what kind of EU opportunities are out there and how to link up with your peers in another country? YEAs are also the driving force behind a dedicated Facebook group ‘Young European Neighbours Network’ that welcomes everyone interested in connecting with young people in the Eastern Partnership countries. Currently 7,400 users strong, there are daily updates and inspirational posts in English featuring on the group wall.

You can become the newest member of the FACEBOOK GROUP here

How to become a Young European Ambassador?

Application process to become a Young European Ambassador is temporarily closed. Stay tuned and follow the “EU Neighbours east” social media accounts to receive news once it is open.

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