The 12-week on-line studying program goals to assist younger individuals aged 15-17 from any nation “develop their identities as lively world residents, join with friends all over the world, and study methods from consultants to start social influence tasks of their communities”.
“Younger persons are very conscious of and desperate to deal with the challenges of their communities”
“Younger persons are very conscious of and desperate to deal with the challenges of their communities,” mentioned AFS Intercultural Packages president and CEO Daniel Obst.
“We strongly consider this AFS program will give them the sensible instruments and the information they should make the world a greater place.”
Individuals will profit from UPenn Heart for Social Influence Technique’s “experience and long-standing monitor document in social innovation”, he continued.
AFS has lengthy contended that research overseas experiences allow younger individuals to change into “world residents”, and factors to analysis indicating younger individuals are “hungry for alternatives to alter the world”.
Based on an OECD PISA report, 76% of younger individuals consider themselves as residents of the world, however on the identical time they’re pessimistic about their potential to make a distinction and reluctant to take motion or duty for tackling neighborhood challenges.
The AFS World You Changemaker is one in every of a suite of on-line packages launched by the organisation in 2020, to satisfy a “rising demand” for intercultural connections and studying whereas journey and in-person interactions have been restricted.
This system has already been accomplished by 300 teenagers from 40+ nations with a 94% general satisfaction charge. It guarantees to assist individuals to “perceive fundamentals of worldwide citizenship, social influence, and innovation, and switch their concepts for significant social influence right into a usable prototype, testing it in the actual world”.
The 2 companions have additionally labored collectively on management improvement and strengthening the curriculum of AFS’s research overseas packages.
There are 4 upcoming program begin dates in 2021: March, June, September and November.