The Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) initiative is a vibrant European network connecting active young people aged between 16 and 26 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and in the EU Member States.
They work together to raise awareness of the EU’s cooperation in the region, help develop youth policies and work together for a better future.
The YEAs initiative was established in June 2016 as part of the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project within the EU’s OPEN Neighbourhood programme.
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.
The Young European Ambassadors are students, young professionals and leaders who are volunteering their time to engage in hundreds of activities across the countries and online. Click here to see their PROFILES
The YEAs initiative offers volunteering, career building and young leadership opportunities to its network members. They contribute to and take part in:
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 to learn about key EU topics straight from the experts that deal with them on a daily basis, including EU officials, diplomats, journalists, representatives of civil society and companies.
YEA trainings enabling YEAs can become trainers, mentors or advisers within the initiative so they are able to transfer their knowledge and experience to their peers.
Community events and active engagement online such as talks, workshops, ideathons, quizzes, meetings, school visits, fairs, Europe Days or Instagram live debates, online bingos, social media campaigns, vlogs, takeovers and much more.
Being a Young European Ambassador you will have the opportunity to meet new, like-minded young people and develop your personal skills. You will get to know other young people from your and other countries who share same ideas and interests as you. You will travel across the country and interact with other people about the European Union, its partnership with your country and the opportunities it offers. All of this will help you to improve your teamwork, problem-solving, leadership and people skills. These are important soft skills to have for your future careers!
By being active in your community, you will get the chance to show your friends, your family and your country what kind of community you would like to live in. You will be able to empower the people around you and have an impact on their lives!
In the end, and most important of all, being a Young European Ambassador gives you the chance to make friends, to share your knowledge and experiences, or simply to discover yourself and the world around you!
The ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative is voluntary and you will not be remunerated.
The costs for the organisation of YEAs activities are covered by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project. This includes, for example, organisation of visits to schools and universities to have interactive workshops; environmental actions, like planting trees; participation in international events abroad, and many others.
You can apply if you:
are a citizen of one of the EU Member States or one of the six Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine)
are aged between 16 and 26
have a good level of English
are interested in EU affairs and the partnership and cooperation between the EU and your country
are interested in public diplomacy and outreach activities, ready to share knowledge, experience and information
are motivated in contributing to the development of your community and country
are interested in voluntary activities and ready to dedicate sufficient time to be part of civic engagement activities.
To apply, send us an Expression of Interest by FILLING IN A SHORT FORM here.
Once received, our Regional and National Focal points located in the EU and in all of the six eastern partner countries will get in touch with you and advise you of the next steps.
In general, the application process is simple and consists of completing an expression of interest form, taking a short quiz, liaising with the National Focal Points and participating actively in YEAs activities.
We accept new applicants four times a year, at the end of each quarter, but you can already be busy during your time as a candidate.
Once you are part of the process of becoming a Young European Ambassador, you will be nominated a mentor.
In order to become a Young European Ambassador you need to follow a process. The first phase is to express your interest in becoming a Young European Ambassadors. Shortly after, the national representatives of your country will contact you. Then you will have to pass the vetting procedure, which consists of a mentorship programme and completing the application package, in which you will also have to pass a quiz. The final phase represents the nomination step. In this phase, besides the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project assessment, your candidacy will be analysed and approved by several stakeholders such as the EU Delegation to your country and the European Commission. The process might seem to take a bit of time but it is easier than it sounds!
New YEAs candidates will be approved four times a year, at the end of each quarter. The length of your personal application process depends on your progress as well as what time in the year you applied. It can take from one month to three months maximum.
There are 130 Young European Ambassadors in Ukraine. Click here to meet them.
To date the YEAs in Ukraine organised and participated in over 100 civic engagement activities. For example, Ukrainian YEAs recently carried out a series of webinars together with the EU Delegation to Ukraine discussing youth opportunities in the EU and the Eastern Partnership policy. The events welcomed more than 150 Ukrainians from all over the country and provided a great platform for discussion of EU-Ukraine issues with prominent experts in these fields.
Other activities focused on:
visits to schools and universities to share their knowledge about the EU and opportunities it offers to young people
international and public diplomacy events
You can see them IN ACTION here.
YES! Even if you are not a Young European Ambassador, you can participate in events organised by the YEAs! Are you interested? If yes, here is how you can stay up to date:
Like and follow EU NEIGHBOURS east Facebook page – we regularly let you know about new ways to get involved with the Young European Ambassadors in your country!
Join the ‘Young European Neighbours’ network on Facebook – keep up to date with the Young European Ambassadors and join any of the contests and challenges!